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Le Grand Meaulnes (translated as The Lost Estate in the most recent Penguin classic) was a set text for our A level French and like The Catcher in the Rye it should be read in adolescence.

Leading article: Fancy dress

Ladies, if you want to visit the Royal Enclosure at Ascot race course, make sure you bring your substantial fascinator along. And if you do not know what a substantial fascinator is you are probably not the sort of person who ought to be allowed in anyway. Goodbye.

Fashion: The masked crusaders

Most women know the benefits of a good face mask. But it might be a surprise to learn that this season designers have decreed that a mask should be in your wardrobe as well as your bathroom cabinet. Just when the more forgiving, feminine shapes of spring/summer 2008 were looking suspiciously wearable, Marc Jacobs and Luella Bartley have ensured there will be at least one catwalk trend that will prove a little more challenging for everyday reality.

Tom Avery: My Life In Travel

'The Scottish Highlands in February is a real adventure playground'

Strike now while the iron's hot

With fewer buyers and a softening market, those who are ready could pick up a bargain. By Stephen Pritchard

In a one-man crusade for the truth, Kilroy can get rid of the facts don't matter

The MEP shows who's boss after falling out with UKIP by launching a new party, Veritas. Johann Hari reports

'They demanded his mobile phone. Then they just stabbed him'

One side of Daisy Lane is lined with expensive homes, the other with an unremarkable redbrick estate. Kieran Rodney-Davis, 15, came from the wrong side of the street and it was there that he bled to death.

The Mistressclass, by Michÿle Roberts

Joan Smith on a bold and stylish novelist tackling the splendours and miseries of love

Cricket: Hussain masks superiority of South Africans

ENGLAND GOT away with it, but only just. This means that, in theory at any rate, the side will go to Durban for the Christmas Test match only one down and the series still open. In reality though, this second Test only confirms South Africa's overall superiority.

Visual Arts: So long, and thanks for all the fish

James Ensor championed all things horrid, as Matthew Sweet discovers

Letter: Museum parties

Sir: The British Museum has never "announced plans for fancy dress evenings" in the galleries ("Smith refuses to return the Elgin Marbles", 23 November). As part of the enterprise culture, however, corporate entertainment continues to provide an invaluable source of income for museums and galleries everywhere, and is also a recognised means of introduction to potential benefactors. Strict guidelines are always applied to such events which preclude inappropriate activities.

Theatre: Hiding behind the mask of love

THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE ALMEIDA THEATRE LONDON

Television: Peter York On Ads No 288: Blackthorn Cider

Cider really is the pits. The commercials of course, not the drink, I can't remember what it tastes like. But the commercials, historically designed to give the biggest grown-up balls possible to a drink associated with sub-teen trialists, have been famously idiotic and deeply Kerrang. The snake in the desert. All those arrows. (Though I have to say the Johnny Vaughan "I've just been to the lavatory" for Strongbow was rather good.)

Classical music: Embarrassment of riches

The world's biggest music festival, the BBC Proms, opens tonight. Martin Anderson selects the best of the 105th season
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Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
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The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

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'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
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Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
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Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935