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My Secret Life: Duncan Bannatyne, entrepreneur. 60

Every morning my wife chooses what I’m wearing and lays an outfit there ready forwhen I get up

Editor-At-Large: Nicole's sex roles betray women in the real world

On the face of it, Nicole Kidman would seem to be a rum choice to be talking about violence against women. After all, she's been raped in one film (Dogville), and had kinky sex with Tom Cruise in another (Eyes Wide Shut). She had a bath with a rather young boy (in Birth) and shagged Billy Zane in Dead Calm, her Hollywood debut – all in the name of art, of course. But Nicole isn't just a highly successful actress who's managed her career so brilliantly she now earns over £7m a film; she's decided to do her bit for the less fortunate by becoming a "goodwill ambassador" for the UN Development Fund for Women.

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"The BBC probably has reached the limits of reasonable expansion." Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw’s message to the corporation at last week's Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention.

Pandora: Knives out: Gordon's girls defend their boss

Could Gordon Ramsay's luck be changing? Ever since he was accused of liaising with "professional mistress" Sarah Symonds, the boorish chef has been dogged by a string of bad headlines, running the gamut from ready-meals to broken banking covenants.

James Caan: A dragon in his den

Tycoon James Caan, famous for his role in the BBC's hit series, talks to Mark Leftly about his own private-equity firm – and how it takes young businesses and turns them into major players

Pandora: Paxman's lesson in not-so-artful dodging

Festival crowds can be a nightmare, can't they?

Bad weather puts paid to the Great British Staycation

Let down by the so-called barbecue summer, huge numbers are making a last-minute break for the sun

Editor-At-Large: University is no place for kids who need skills

When 97 per cent of boys and 98 per cent of girls gain A-level passes (and more than a quarter receive an A grade), the argument about standards is over. The A-level is thoroughly debased.

MBE for Dragons' Den star (Shame her business has just gone under)

She was the teary entrepreneur who five years ago spectacularly proved the Dragons wrong when they refused to invest in her board game Destination London which she invented to take on the giant of Monopoly.

Reality TV goes Starck raving mad

The latest reality TV star is Philippe Starck who is on a mad mission to unearth the best of British design. Annie Deakin reports

Editor-At-Large: Fatherhood is for life – it's not just about the DNA

When a marriage breaks down, the best both parties can hope for is that their children don't suffer as a result. But what if a husband finds out the daughter he has raised as his own was conceived when his wife had a secret fling? He might feel hurt, but should that damage his relationship with the child he was so close to?

Editor-At-Large: Bankrupt Blighty – no dosh, and even less style

I went to Paris last week for a friend's birthday. It's a good job I'd paid for the trip in advance. During my 48 hours outside bankrupt Britain, the pound keeled over to its lowest level since the euro was launched back in 1999. Shopping in Paris was a different experience: no massive closing-down sales on the chic boulevards of the Left Bank, and the 40 per cent discount day at Bon Marché only applied to those with a French bank account. That's how much the sniffy frogs care about wooing tourists.

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