Student Cans of energy drinks are displayed in a store in California. The kick from caffeine has a growing number of consumers jumping into energy drinks-soft drinks spiked with nutritional aids and stimulants despite warnings from health professionals.

They're gross, says Eleanor Doughty, and they make you feel bad

Confidential files discovered in bin

Confidential police information about undercover officers and key witnesses in a massive drugs operation was found dumped in a bin.

Fashion photograhy: Shooting from the hip

Chris Moore has been photographing the international fashion shows for more than 50 years. On the first day of haute couture week in Paris, the 'King of the Catwalk' reveals his trade secrets

Andrew Gilligan: It was not the Standard wot won it for Boris

The paper has been accused of politicking to oust Ken Livingstone. Far from it, says Andrew Gilligan. It was just reporting the truth

Interiors: The queen of clutter

Illustrator and so-called 'socialite' Daisy de Villeneuve explains why she has crammed her London flat with so much colourful memorabilia

Architecture: Out with the old, in with the new

London's skyline has already undergone dramatic change. But two developments are accelerating the transformation from historic capital to modern metropolis. Jay Merrick reports

Food & Drink: Bites - Oxfordshire

Outside Oxford there are some excellent restaurants - most notably Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. But what else are they up to in Oxon?

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ARTIST CHARLOTTE Hodes spent three months last summer at Spode in Stoke-on-Trent, painting and printing plates (above) with a collage of her own spirited images and others taken from the factory's pattern books and copper-plate transfers. Bold and colourful.

Your usual table? Who eats where: Piers Gough architect

You'd have to be a fool not to eat well in London, with such fabulous diversity to choose from. The trick isn't finding a good restaurant, it's finding the right restaurant. A large part of the pleasure of dining out is suiting the characteristics of the moment - time, place, mood, company - to your eating experience. How people can make the mistake of confining themselves to one favourite is beyond me. That completely misses the whole point, which is to tart yourself around, in the food sense.

Football: Kinnear keeps up the pressure

The managers of Tottenham and Wimbledon come face to face yet again. By Clive White

Theatre: Ripley tries too hard to subvert

THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY PALACE THEATRE, WATFORD

People & Business: Bell tolls for two more PR firms

LORD TIM BELL's spin doctoring empire, Chime Communications, has spawned a new subsidiary. John Antcliffe and two other senior spinners from Bell Pottinger, Chime's main operation, are splitting off to form a second PR firm, Smithfield Financial.

Here's me: standing up and getting angry

OK, gloves off, this week I'm going to talk dirty. I mean really dirty, one of those subjects which simply isn't discussed in polite society. Novelists are obsessed by it, but even they struggle to find a vocabulary acceptable to their readers - and mostly give up in despair. Sex, by comparison is a doddle; what I am addressing is the last big taboo, more unspoken than death, which causes big intakes of breath on the rare occasions it gets mentioned in public. I am talking, of course, about money. Authors and money, to be precise, and the nitty-gritty of how much they get paid.

Shopping: Coaster to coaster

Table mats have long been icons of tableware naffness, but designer Ella Doran's eye for striking, off-the-wall imagery is transforming them into an essential menu item for any stylish dinner party.

The diary of Emma D May: Hopelessly devoted...

Emma is still missing in Goa. Luckily, Anna's partying hard enough for both of them. This is her diary.

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Just as we turn our prurient attention away from the sordid details of the latest White House sex scandals, the bed-hopping shenanigans of the Simpsons look as if they're going to have us glued to our screens. Sex, Lies and the Simpsons, the latest video from America's sleaziest family (available to buy 13 April), exposes the depraved, corrupt underbelly of Springfield. "The Last Temptation of Homer" details Pa Simpson's lust for the Nuclear Plant's latest recruit, Mindy (voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer).
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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Harry Kane interview

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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