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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker