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Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

Burberry and Dior scent success with beauty boutiques

Beauty boutiques are set to be all the rage for luxury brands as Burberry and Christian Dior begin a hunt for shops to sell their perfume and cosmetics collections in the UK.

St Modwen raises £49m to bankroll plans for market facelift

St Modwen has tapped shareholders for £49m to help fund the £2bn overhaul of the UK's biggest fruit, veg and flower market, in south London.

Carmen, Royal Albert Hall, London

Everyone loves Carmen, but no one ever quite brings it off because its delicate balance between public and private, large-scale action and intimate drama, is so tricky.

Michael McIntyre is the latest celebrity to reveal his reliance on delivery diets

Slimming: Eat, drink and be skinny

Cuddly comedian Michael McIntyre is paying £60 a  day to have diet meals delivered to his door. But is this  take-away approach healthy? Simon Usborne weighs in

Joe Allen, 13 Exeter Street, London WC2

Can theatrical hang-out Joe Allen – barely changed in decades – still put on a show?

Developer St Modwen keeps focus inside M25

Developer St Modwen — part-owner of Elephant & Castle’s eyesore shopping centre — says it is training its sights on more buoyant property markets down south this year as the rest of the country struggles.

La Traviata, Coliseum, London

We were promised surprises in Peter Konwitschny’s ‘La Traviata’, and the first comes at the start.

La bohème, Royal Opera House, London

Life has not been easy for Rolando Villazon these last few years. Invasive throat surgery stopped him singing, with no guarantee of any return to form. When he did make a come-back his performance was savagely dissected by the critics.

Vishnevskaya; she later directed operas

Galina Vishnevskaya: Soprano whose voice entranced Britten and who fled the Soviet Union

Galina Vishnevskaya was famous both as a singer and as the wife of the cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich. As a singer she was famous, in Britain at least, for being forbidden to take the soprano solos at the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in 1962 in the newly consecrated Coventry Cathedral; and then for throwing a spectacular tantrum during the recording sessions of the same work in London the following year.

Polunin has been dancing regularly at Moscow’s Stanislavsky Theatre

Runaway ballet star returns to dance in Britain

Sergei Polunin, the Ukrainian prodigy who stunned the dance world by walking out on the Royal Ballet, is to return to the UK for a brutal show "as far away from Swan Lake as you can get".

Behind the scenes: Royal Opera House’s High House

The only way is opera! Essex gets a cultural boost

The arts are flourishing in Thurrock, despite the town being voted the most miserable in Britain this year

Patrizia Ciofi performs during a rehearsal of Italian Giuseppe Verdi opera 'Rigoletto' last year

Royal Opera House makes a drama out of an opera with last minute replacement of leading lady with Patrizia Ciofi

It was always going to be a drama when the Royal Opera House staged its first production in more than 120 years of Robert le diable, Giacomo Meyerbeer’s epic opera.

Bitter rivals: Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) (left), and Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

The man who made Wagner mad

The Royal Opera House is staging Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable for the first time in a century. It's a welcome focus on a much maligned composer

Newsnight scandal review is delayed

The Pollard review, which is examining a shelved Newsnight report into the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations, is to take about a month longer to report than expected.

Editorial: Second time lucky at the BBC?

Chris Patten has lived up to his word. The chairman of the BBC Trust said he wanted a replacement BBC Director-General "within weeks". Now, just 12 days after the resignation of the hapless George Entwistle, Tony Hall – the chief executive of the Royal Opera House – has been named as his successor.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee