Voices

I wager women think about sex just as much as men

David Hieatt and his team on location at the factory in Cardigan, Wales

Hiut: Made in Britain and made to last

New denim brand Hiut is reinvigorating the local community in Wales. Tim Walker visits a growing grass-roots fashion label

Blagojevich was convicted last year on 18 counts, including charges that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old US Senate seat for the state of Illinois

Rod Blagojevich drives off to 14 years in prison

Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois, began a 14-year jail term in Colorado yesterday. The one-time golden boy of Democratic Party politics in Illinois was found guilty of corruption. His immediate predecessor, George Ryan, was jailed for the same reason.

We Love: Bibliophile - Visitors to COS on Regent Street this week may be surprised to find an eclectic collection of tomes from The Wapping Project Bookshop among the minimalist decor and rails of trend-ticking pieces. Until 14 March, 222 Regent Street, W1

The Fashion Audit: Bibliophile, chain gang, lashings of lashes and Sole 2 Sole

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Face to watch: Jessie Ware is preparing to take on the charts with cavernous R&B reverie 'Running', out 26 March

Agenda: Diane von Furstenberg; Jessie Ware; Girls; Franciacorta; Downton Abbey paper dolls

Fashion: A warm Current is blowing in

Making a name for themselves: Sarah and Lizzie Daykin, aka Toby

Twisted sisters finally get their act together

Sibling rivalry? You better believe it. That's what makes Toby a superb comedy sketch duo, says Alice Jones

Making a name for themselves: Sarah and Lizzie Daykin, aka Toby

The twisted sisters who finally got their act together

Sibling rivalry? You bet. That's what makes Toby a superb sketch duo

Five-minute memoir: Edward Docx recalls a fleeting, silent romance

I remember that we had left our backpacks at Zoo Station and that we were going to save our Deutschmarks by staying out all night. I remember, too, when at last we came into the crumbling old courtyard, that the music was extraordinarily loud – a wall of sound made out of euphoria and ecstasy, the herald of a new world order.

Trending: Blue Ivy's got 99 problems but a trademark ain't one

It has emerged that Beyoncé and Jay-Z applied for a patent application for the name of their daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 26 – just three weeks after she was born.

Susannah Frankel: 'At the moment, I am officially bored by super-skinny jeans'

"You can dress up, or you can dress down, but you have to be chic," said my friend, Charlie, during last month's haute couture collections in Paris. And she's right. With the show season approaching, it's total spring/summer look at one end of the spectrum – think ice-cream colours and be-jewelled slippers. At the other, battered jeans and Converse high-tops, say, remain a time-honoured uniform. Either has to be carried off with a sense of style, however, or, my favourite word just now, what with its Seventies connotations: panache.

James Thompson: Story of tribulations is a sign of how tough things really are

For those who over indulged at Christmas, January is often the time when people vow to eat healthier, sign up to a gym or take a seat in the doctor's waiting room – if they have really overdone it.

Preston Deco Rose shorts, £145 from paigeusa.com

How to make great strides

Paige Adams-Geller is the go-to woman for flattering denim. She shares her secrets with Harriet Walker

Inspector Norse: Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund in 'The Killing'

Ten people who changed the world: Sofie Grabol, star of The Killing

Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers

Hawkin's Bazaar owner in administration

The owner of Hawkin's Bazaar today became the latest victim of the squeeze in consumer spending when it collapsed into administration, putting nearly 400 jobs at risk.

Justin Lee Collins leaves St Albans Magistrates Court

TV presenter Justin Lee Collins denies harassment

Television presenter Justin Lee Collins today denied harassing an ex-girlfriend when he appeared in court.

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick