We should be proud to think that dandyism is an English thing

Is the Great British dandy an endangered species?

We should be proud to think that dandyism is an English thing. It began here in 1799, with the rise of George Bryan “Beau” Brummel, was heroically mimicked by Lord Byron, slavishly imitated across the Channel by the poet Baudelaire and the flâneur Alfred Comte d’Orsay, brought to a pitch of decadence by the peacock excess of Robert Conte de Montesquiou, went transatlantic and film-starry in the 1920s and 1930s (Cary Grant, Noël Coward, Fred Astaire) and went crazy in Sixties London with the tailors Tommy Nutter, Douglas Hayward and Michael Fish, before disappearing under the invasion of jeans and T-shirts that closed the 20th century.

Feeling tired? Blame city living: Living in urban areas could have major impact on biological clocks of humans and animals, say researchers

Researchers compared the internal rhythms of blackbirds living in the countryside and in urban areas and found they differ significantly

BBC forced to remove 'misleading' clock from its homepage

Site simply replicates time from the user's own computer

Dr Davinderjit Bains used a hidden camera inside a hi-tech watch to film abuse on female patients

Family doctor who used 'James Bond-style' wristwatch to film himself abusing patients is sentenced to 12 years for string of sexual assaults

Dr Davinder Jeet Bains, 46, used his position as a GP in Royal Wootton Bassett, near Swindon, Wiltshire, to assault more than two dozen women

Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles

'Sofa of despair’': It's the Coalition buzz-phrase generator

The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, visited Leicester County Hall and expressed his desire to get people who don’t have jobs “off the sofa of despair

Scientists found that with healthy brains they could estimate to within a couple of hours the time of a person's death

New forensic technique for estimating time of death by checking internal clock of the human brain

Depressed people live in parallel time zone, scientists find

Tia Sharp murder trial: Stuart Hazell accused of telling prison officer 'I'm not like Ian Huntley'

The man who allegedly murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp told a prison officer her death was an accident and insisted “I’m not like Ian Huntley [the Soham murderer]”, a court has heard.

Danny Garcia, right, who could face Amir Khan in the future, lands a heavy blow on Zab Judah in their bloody light welterweight title clash

Boxing: Amir Khan rides out the storm on a night of blood, thunder and brutal honesty

After the knockdowns, the storm and plastic surgeons doing emergency work there were moments of honest reflection in the rings of Sheffield, New York and Buenos Aires on Saturday night.

Profits jump at Richemont beats expectations

Richemont, the owner of the website Net-a-Porter and jewellery brands Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre, has allayed fears of a slowdown in the luxury goods sector with full-year net profits up 30 per cent, well above expectations.

The Sketch: Mrs Speaker may not like it, but the Tories certainly did

It’s not exactly WH Auden’s famous “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone/Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone/Silence the pianos and with muffled drum/Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come…” But Speaker John Bercow’s gesture to the memory of Lady Thatcher comes pretty close: silencing Big Ben for the duration of her funeral tomorrow.

The statue of Winston Churchill in front of the Houses of Parliament as the Union flag flew at half mast after Baroness Thatcher's death. The bells of Big Ben and the Great Clock at Westminster will be silenced during her funeral for the first time since his in 1965

Big Ben chime will be silenced for Thatcher funeral

Big Ben is to be silenced during Baroness Thatcher's funeral as a mark of respect to the former prime minister, it was announced today.

A memorial ceremony was held yesterday on the eve of the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster

The dead of Hillsborough remembered at Liverpool ceremony

A memorial ceremony was held today on the eve of the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Hands of time: A clock mechanic in Big Ben, a place the public needs special permission to visit

Margaret Thatcher suprised us in a way that stayed with me all my life

Aged eight, Dominic Prince's dream came true thanks to his local MP

Album: Three Cane Whale, Holts and Hovers (Field Notes)

The second album from the experimental folk-minimalist trio is an all-location recording with 22 instrumentals played in places as various as a Dorset chapel, an allotment shed, a Welsh waterfall, under a flyover, and Regent's Park bandstand.

Julia Gillard survives leadership vote as Kevin Rudd ducks challenge

Some called it a farce, some called it a charade, and others used less printable terms. But at the end of a dramatic and bizarre day in Australian politics, Julia Gillard remained Prime Minister tonight after she called a leadership vote in which no one stood against her. 

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas