Arts and Entertainment All over now: Thurston Moore (right) and Kim Gordon (left)

Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's marriage ended two years ago, taking Sonic Youth with it. Larry Ryan hears them and other members strike out on their own

French fancy: Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel is known as the queen of knits – and now she's brought her quirky Gallic style to the high street with a new collection for H&M. Très jolie, says Carola Long

Polanski's wife blames assault on 'crazy' 1970s

LA judge to decide whether Polish-born film director can be sentenced in absentia

Erin Wasson: The model who’s better dressed off the catwalk than on it

Not everyone can carry off bovver boots with a floor-sweeping silk dress. Erin Wasson can. As the model who's become a fashion icon for her off-duty style tells Harriet Walker, the secret is blending Texas grit, California cool and a devil-may-care attitude

Natalie Portman has a 'no boobs' policy

Natalie Portman has revealed that she has no plans to go nude on the big screen.

Yougofurther - the UCAS student networking website - looking for its very own Gok Wan or Carrie Bradshaw. Do you fit the bill?

You've got 200 words to get your point across in Clothes Show Live's Young Blogger of the Year in association with Yougofurther.co.uk and The Independent.

Get on your soapbox to impress none other than Louise Roe, Vogue TV’s presenter and London’s ultimate trendsetter.

Pandora: Anne would have been a weak link, says Ken

Naturally, we think Anne Robinson would have made a splendid mayor of London. Ken Livingstone, however, begs to differ.

Live fast, act young: The stars who don't act their age

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, both 19, may look too old to wear school uniforms – but moviemakers have always blurred the line between adults and children, says Geoffrey Macnab

Laura Dockrill: A poet for the iPod generation

Laura Dockrill, aka Dockers MC, is a poet on a mission to spread the spoken word, playing gigs with Kate Nash and headlining festivals along the way. Ian Burrell meets her

Emmanuelle Béart: 'Sometimes you feel more naked when you're totally dressed than the other way round'

Were you ever to need reminding of the effect Emmanuelle Béart has on men, you'd do well to recall the time she appeared on the cover of French Elle magazine, in 2003. With the actress pictured naked on a Mauritian beach, Frenchmen flocked in their droves to their nearest news-stand. The entire print-run of 550,000 copies sold out in just three days, making it the biggest-selling issue in the fashion glossy's long history. For Béart, the explanation was simple: "It was to say, 'Look, I'm 40, this is my body, these are my curves, I like them and I'm proud of them.'"

The legal battle of Kate's weight loss

Actress sues 'Mail' owner over allegations about fitness regime

Question Time: Lisa Snowdon

Work: Co-presents Capital 95.8's Breakfast Show with Johnny Vaughan. Also hosts Britain's Next Top Model, which is shown on Living.

Life: Aged 37. Lives in Camden, London

Balance: "I like cooking for family and friends, going out for dinners (as long as they are early!)"

Paltrow: 'Ross joke was 'hilarious'''

Gwyneth Paltrow has said she found Jonathan Ross's lewd joke about her "hilarious" - but her father-in-law was not so amused.

Coming Soon: Let's go crazy: 'Mad Men' is back

This spring, the schedules aren't looking lavishly bedecked, but broadcasters are backing safe bets. Hit import Mad Men (pictured) resumes on 10 February on BBC4 with the characters "15 months" further on from where we left them – it's that kind of precision that makes the series such a pleasure – and series two of Tina Fey's superlative 30 Rock starts 20 February on Five USA. Everyone's favourite sung sitcom, Flight of the Conchords, will return to BBC4 in April.

Guy Peellaert: Artist who designed albums for Bowie and the Stones

The iconic book Rock Dreams, created by the Belgian artist Guy Peellaert with the British rock writer Nik Cohn, had a huge impact when it was first published in 1972, and went on to sell more than one million copies worldwide. Issued under various titles, it told the story of popular music, from the crooners of the Forties to the glam days of the early Seventies. In a series of 125 striking tableaux, Peellaert displayed an amazing gift for recreating the likenesses of his heroes while putting them in situations echoing their mythical status or playing on their most famous lyrics.

The blossoming of Sarah Brown

For more than a year, the Prime Minister's wife had been almost invisible. But now she is raising her profile. Is it a political move, or is she just more at ease with her role?
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links