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Lost in Soho: Quo Vadis

If ever a restaurant embodied the Zeitgeist of the Nineties (and isn't Zeitgeist the Ninetiest of words?) it was Quo Vadis. How deliciously ironic that an old Soho haunt, once the home of Karl Marx, should be taken over by the PR maestro and corporate flack Matthew Freud. And what larks when Freud and his partners, the artist Damien Hirst and Marco Pierre White, eventually had a spectacular falling-out, leaving White sulking in sole charge with only his self-painted Hirst knock-offs for company. Truly, each generation gets the bohemians and boulevardiers it deserves.

My life in travel: Greta Scacchi

'I can't bear leaving Sussex in summer – why go to the Med?'

'My Family' star recovers after crash

The actor Kris Marshall, who received head injuries in a road accident at the weekend, is expected to be released from hospital later this week.

My secret life: Olga Polizzi, Designer & hotelier

The house I grew up in ... was a detached house in Hampstead, north London. We six children were thrown out into the garden after breakfast and were only allowed back in at meal times. My mother did up the attic room in a feminine manner, for my use, but being a rather galumphing child, it didn't suit me.

Joking aside, British really do have unique sense of humour

Transatlantic survey of identical twins shows our taste for biting satire and withering one-liners is in the genes

You write the reviews: Curb Your Enthusiasm, More4

The genius of Larry David knows no bounds. As soon as you think his HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, cannot get any funnier, it does. Take "The Freak Book", an episode from the latest, sixth series, currently screening on More4, in which Larry, his long-suffering wife, Cheryl, and his closest friends decided to buy a burial plot together so that when their individual days of reckoning arrived, they would all be buried next to one another. Of course, in true Curb style, Larry proceeded to irritate, annoy and aggravate every person in his inner circle of friends with his pronounced social peculiarities.

Deborah Orr: It all makes sensational reading, but does anyone think about the children?

It's been a vintage week for armchair gossips, with personal revelations that one would normally have to twitch the curtains feverishly to happen upon simply falling into the laps of a nation agog. Merry pontification about Madonna, who adopted a Malawian non-orphan, centred on whether David was being rescued from poverty for selfless enough reasons and, as usual, everyone agreed that since the world's thirst for details about the child would be insatiable, he'd never get a minute's peace. Tut, tut.

Easier Fatherland by Steve Crawshaw

After the denial and the soul searching, finally a cautious optimism

Chuck out the chintz

Behind a Tudor facade in Dartmouth is a versatile residence with enough designer cool to impress even townies, says Cheryl Markosky

My initial worry was how I could keep up with Tom

I Work For... Susie Murphy works for Thomas Kressner, Chairman and Chief Executive of Yes Television

Cooke still curses Slam that got away

England's former coach spells out the cruel lessons of history

Profile: Caroline Ahern: The queen of comedy

One fine May evening in 1998, the gentility of the White House Hotel in central London was shattered by the unfamiliar sound, emanating from the bar area, of a champagne-fuelled, stand-up barney. Caroline Aherne and her writing partner and fellow Mancunian, Craig Cash, were yelling at Jimmy McGovern, the one-time Brookside writer who went on to create Cracker and The Lakes. McGovern was yelling back. Aherne had engineered the encounter because she so wanted to meet McGovern, and here she was, loudly abusing him.

FILM: He can't take his eyes off her. Who can blame him?

Over his 30-year career, Andre Techine has employed France's finest actors - Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Noiret, Gerard Depardieu. But he also has an eye for new talent. In Alice et Martin, he casts Juliette Binoche as Alice, and the unknown Alexis Loret as Martin. Although the film is notable thanks to Binoche, Techine's encouragement of Loret is to be admired.
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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
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8 best workout DVDs

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers