Arts and Entertainment Ellie Goulding has refused to sing at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws

The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

Observations: Life's a drag – so why not don the sequins and spandex?

"More is more" is the philosophy behind the costumes in the musical of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The show is currently previewing at the Palace Theatre in the West End of London, and the maestro behind the rhinestone-studded, camper than Christmas wardrobe is Tim Chappel, who won an Oscar for his costumes for the original movie.

Bright lights: Ruby Wax hits Vegas

The last time she visited Las Vegas, Ruby Wax got married (it was a work-permitty thing). Now she's back to cast an astonished eye over the most surreal city in the world

Marriage in the fast lane: Short-lived celebrity unions

Two weeks after a lavish island wedding ceremony, Eddie Murphy is splitting up with his latest wife. And if you think that's short for a high-profile marriage, think again. John Walsh celebrates an inglorious tradition

Green shoots: Lord Oxburgh, Chairman, D1 Oils

Can crop-powered cars make a difference in the fight to stop climate change? The ex-chairman of Shell thinks so

Pires can see light at end of tunnel after injury nightmare

Robert Pires hopes to make his competitive debut for Villarreal by the end of February - some nine months after signing for the club from Arsenal.

Album: Faith Hill

Cry, Warner Bros

Cabaret: Ain't no venue kitsch enough

LA CAGE

Man acquitted of conning wealthy with `sheikh' act

A MAN dubbed the "fake sheikh" and accused of conning the singer Cher and a string of other rich and famous people was cleared of theft and four counts of deception yesterday.

Racing: Oscar gets part in Stewards'

THE TRAINER David Nicholls will have two fancied runners in Saturday's Stewards' Cup Handicap now Double Oscar is set to line up. Fears Double Oscar would be eliminated from the Goodwood six-furlong sprint were dispelled yesterday when 21 were withdrawn, leaving him 30th in the list for a race with a safety limit of 30.

`I've never compared myself to Cher. It would drive me crazy'

For years Chastity Bono lived in her parents' shadow. She tells EMMA COOK how she forged her own identity

Pop: Somebody be outrageous. Quick

BRIT AWARDS

Fashion: The Style Police: Tales from the trailer park

Forget about boho chic and urban wear, Blondie's back in town and that can only mean one thing: trash glamour is making a comeback. James Sherwood reports

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century

23: Cher, Singer and Actress

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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine