Editor-At-Large: The monarchy at play – it's the greatest show on earth

Killjoys may sneer at the Royal Family, but they can't deny it knows how to stage a spectacle. And the costume department pulled a blinder

High heels, low tops and that (other) dress

The hits, misses, hats and horrors assessed by Lisa Markwell

Video: Chelsy Davy arrives at the Abbey

Prince Harry's girlfriend wears green for the Royal wedding.

Man cleared of soup poisoning

A kitchen porter at a top public school was acquitted today of attempting to poison the pupils' soup.

Don't look back: A hard lesson for stars in love

As another on-off celebrity relationship ends in tears, Rob Sharp reflects on ex-appeal

'Politically motivated' equality law to be scrapped

An equality law dubbed "socialism in one clause" will be scrapped, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

Deborah Orr: A toxic legacy in a land the world would prefer to forget

It isn't often that Kyrgyzstan has a moment in the international spotlight, even though the country is home to the genetic parent of all the apples of the planet. But this week, one of the poorest and least visible nations on the planet had 15 seconds of fame.

Janet Street-Porter: What's wrong with the idea of family GPs?

It's right that the NHS should look at ways of improving its impact on the environment. It's responsible for a quarter of all carbon emissions in the public sector. Yesterday, it published new guidelines, in a document entitled "Saving Carbon, Improving Health". Reading it, you can't help but notice how our relationship with doctors and the medical profession has changed radically over the last decade.

Philip Hensher: The BBC is too impartial to suffering

During the 22 days of the Israeli assaults on Gaza, around 1,300 Palestinians, according to both local and international sources, were killed. This included over 400 children under 18 and over 100 women. Israeli shells hit schools, heavily built-up areas and the UN Relief and Works Agency headquarters, killing many and knocking out food and medical supply warehouses. The UN, Red Cross and Israeli human rights agencies have complained that food aid, medics and rescue services have been prevented from reaching those in need.

Pandora: Lawyers called in as Cox gets his (designer) toes trodden on

The unlikely business relationship between the celebrity shoe designer Patrick Cox and colourful society figure "Lord" Edward Davenport appears to have turned sour.

Philip Hensher: We're attempting to define the indefinable for 2012

As David Beckham kicked a football, Leona Lewis burst into song, a double-decker bus trundled into the Beijing stadium, and Boris Johnson took on the unforeseen role of flag-waving cheerleader, I wondered whether it occurred to anyone that perhaps the British are not all that good at this sort of thing. What does our nationality actually look like?

Katy Guest: Love all! A-List romance

Which celebrity couples are expected to tie the knot this year?Whose relationship is on the rocks? Who will stay together?

The tabloid stories of the year

In November The Sun pictured video stills of 'X Factor' finalist Emily Nakanda "happy slapping" a teenage girl. The 15-year-old was forced to quit after TV bosses branded her behaviour "unacceptable".

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