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Hats off to the milliner of the moment. Tomorrow, the exhibition Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum, curated by the world’s most celebrated hatter and by Oriole Cullen, the gallery’s head of fashion and textiles. The show has been a long time in the making, and it’s the first of its kind in the museum’s history.

Tough guys battle it out in ultimate test

Thousands of competitors battled through knee-deep mud and braved bitterly cold conditions yesterday to take part in a race billed as the world's ultimate test of endurance.

Dr Feelgood: Can green tea tone tummies?

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Fancy dress Tory says sorry to McCanns

A leading Tory youth activist apologised "unreservedly" to Kate and Gerry McCann tonight after dressing up as their missing daughter at a New Year's party.

In the red corner, Cassandro the transvestite ...

Stars of Mexico's 'lucha libre' bring their kitsch form of wrestling to Britain

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Victoria Park, London

Titania, queen of the fairies, is peeved with Oberon, her king, reproaching him for spoiling her revels "by made fonta and rubdoo... to da wittering wind." Titania, you see, is Japanese. "The wigban holds you, and depressive verds!" cries Demetrius, the confused lover of Helena. "Have you a touch of bottleneck?" she asks with concern. They are French. Puck observes: "Two of what kindness mix of pork." He seems to be Indonesian.

Sarah Sands: Why the common good feels bad to me

Sarah Sands urges thrift until the banks start spending too

In The Red: 'Why waste money on a wacky outfit that you'll only wear once?'

The final week of October is always the same. The clocks go back, the temperature drops and, suddenly, grown adults are expected to attend parties dressed as though they were children. Or fools. Or very, very old people – that is, dead, ghostified (or mummified) people. Suddenly, the normal rules for dressing oneself are discarded in favour of the Fancy Dress Costume.

Guy Adams: Trick or treat? No thanks, I'm British

LA Notebook

Oedipus, National Theatre: Olivier, London <br> A disappearing number, Barbican, London

A harrowing and fateful voyage round his father

Simon Calder: Low pressure in the skies leads to high anxiety

Four out of five British travellers say they could walk alone and unaided to the North Pole with nothing more substantial than a chunky-knit jumper and a pocket full of Kendal mint cake. Even by the standards of some of the travel surveys that emerge during the dog days of August, that is tosh. But how about the statistic that was cited in the aftermath of a diverted Ryanair flight this week? "Well over 80 per cent of people on that flight knew they were going to die."

James Lawton: Olympic flame triumph cannot mask burning question

Who would want to douse the glory of the big laughing girl who so sensationally sent the gold fever of her nation up still another notch – and at the very heart of these 29th Olympics?

Tears and fancy dress for another victim

Friends of the murdered teenager Ben Kinsella wore fancy dress to his funeral yesterday, as his sister renewed her pleas for an end to knife crime.

The Last Mistress, 15

That's one way to make history our favourite subject: Catherine Breillat's latest film is part an essay on 19th century mores, part melodrama, and part outright deviant sex tale &ndash; with laughs

Scottish Ensemble / Morton, Wigmore Hall, London

The Wigmore Hall is celebrating the legacy of the Swiss conductor and patron Paul Sacher (1906-99), who used the millions he married into to commission a string of modern masterpieces from Bartok, Strauss, Stravinsky, Carter, Boulez, Britten et al, and left a research foundation in Basel stuffed with sketch material and memorabilia. This visit by the 12 strings of the ever-welcome Scottish Ensemble led by Jonathan Morton brought forth three of Sacher's best.

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