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Principles 'should replace MPs' expenses rules'

Tight expenses rules for MPs should be abandoned in favour of a set of "principles" and scrutiny by voters, the watchdog in charge of the regime suggested today.

How the Devil came down to Ambridge

'Archers' editor Vanessa Whitburn has cooked-up something especially shocking for the soap's 60th anniversary show tonight. Mike Higgins is braced for the worst

Parliament may open to diners

Members of the public will be able to dine like an MP at evenings and weekends under plans to open up Parliament's grand dining rooms to generate millions of pounds in revenue.

Howard Jacobson: Why I'm damned if I'll bleed a radiator

My father was a man of the sort James May laments. He could paint, he could wire, but hatches were his passion

David Flatman: It's such a shame that players prefer watching telly to a night on the tiles

From the Front Row: I accept the days of sinking 20 pints are gone but it's so sad that the social side of the game is now such a letdown

Soldier took own life after break-down of marriage

A soldier killed himself just weeks into a tour of Iraq after his marriage to a fellow serving officer broke down following a string of difficulties, an inquest heard today.

Loves, The Glasshouse, Canal Square, Browning Street, Birmingham

It's a miracle, given the punning potential of its name, that no other national newspaper reviewer has visited Loves Restaurant in Birmingham since it opened a year ago. I can hardly bear to look up and see what the headline-writer has come up with. Loves means never having to say you're sorry? I'll do anything for Loves? How do I love Loves – let me count the ways?

Chalk talk: Careers lesson - new role models urgently needed

A sign of the times, maybe. A visiting dignitary was touring a primary school in the North-east and asked a young pupil what he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be an uncle," the lad said firmly.

Harriet Walker: Feminism didn't make us fatter

In the great evolutionary scale of blame, women and fat people pretty much vie for pole position. There isn't much that can't be laid at the feet of the ladies and the layabouts. Imagine, then, the extent to which blame culture has eaten itself with the recent declaration that fat people are women's fault. In her latest book Kitchenella, food writer Rose Prince attributes our current obesity epidemic to the women who left their stoves 40 years ago to make something beyond someone else's dinner. In other words, feminists created fatties.

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Just another brick in the wall

City stalwart Crispin Odey backs launch of upmarket grocery shop

An upmarket grocer backed by the hedge fund manager Crispin Odey will open its first shop in London tomorrow and has plans to become a nationwide chain.

Sebastian Horsley: Dandy, bohemian and denizen of Soho whose life was his greatest artwork

If Sebastian Horsley hadn't existed it's doubtful anyone would have had the nerve to invent him.

Roux at Parliament Square RICS, Parliament Square, London SW1

There are tough times ahead, but Roux at Parliament Square is more classy coalition than culinary compromise

Stay the night: Odette en Ville, Brussels

This boutique hotel is not to all tastes, but things are seldom black and white, says Adrian Mourby

The phone rings... 'There's been another murder'

In part two of our series, Mark Hughes sees the murder squad detectives scramble into action when news of a crime breaks
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Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

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Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
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Model mother

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Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits