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God, it makes you feel old to think that Girls Aloud are now a thing of the past. We shall not look upon their like again. Sniff. But anyway, thinking about that former cultural phenomenon recently, I had a moment of nostalgia recalling the video for "I Can't Speak French", in which the Girls flounce around in very short, corsetted can-can skirts, with layers upon layers of net and frills and feathers in various shades of pink and pale lilac-y colours.

Team GB's medal success has won over the Olympics sceptics, according to a new survey

London 2012: Survey shows Games has boosted national pride

Britain's national pride has soared thanks to Team GB's success in the medals table, according to new research.

Image rights: Katie Couric 'tells' Iraqis that the power's out

There was commendable honesty from Musaab al-Mudarris, a spokesman for the Iraq Electricity Ministry this week, when he told "New York Times" reporter Tim Arango how his office obtained a picture of US news anchor Katie Couric for billboards warning citizens about power outages: someone had nabbed it off the internet.

Adele's wealth soared from £6m to £20m in 2011

Young, gifted - and rich! Adele and Daniel Radcliffe lead British moneymakers

Daniel Radcliffe is laughing all the way to Gringotts after his starring role in the Harry Potter films earned him £54 million and a lead role in the Young Rich List of British millionaires.

The exterior and grounds of Princess Park Manor

The new cast of neighbours: Why the bling brigade is flocking to a former asylum in north London

Princess Park Manor is attracting X Factor stars and C-list celebrities by the luxury-limo load, says Chris Beanland.

Nicola Roberts: 'Therapy is too expensive'

Nicola Roberts says therapy is "too expensive". 

Sarah Harding claims injury after fight with boyfriend

Sarah Harding has claimed she was injured in a holiday bust-up with her new boyfriend. 

Nicola Roberts: 'The next Girls Aloud album will be different'

Nicola Roberts believes the next Girls Aloud album will be made "differently".

Amanda Holden expecting a baby girl

Amanda Holden is expecting another child.

Cheryl Cole serenaded by Ashley

Cheryl Cole was serenaded by her ex-husband Ashley at a recent housewarming party.

Harriet Walker: 'I just don't want to be on kitchen duty'

As anyone who has ever gone on holiday will know, time spent away from the humdrum is directly proportional to time spent a) thinking obsessively about methods of self-improvement, and b) eating. Unfortunately, one has very little to do with the other.

Captain America: The First Avenger, Joe Johnston, 124 mins (12A)<br/>Arrietty, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 94 mins (U)<br/>Horrid Henry: The Movie, Nick Moore, 90 mins, (U)

The fantastic world of comic books comes to life in a square-jawed action movie in which goodies and baddies reassuringly know their place

Nadine Coyle confirms Girls Aloud's 10-year reunion

Nadine Coyle has confirmed Girls Aloud will reunite for their 10th anniversary next year.

Ashley Cole to propose to Cheryl

Cheryl Cole's ex-husband Ashley is planning to propose to her for a second time.

Video: Cheryl Cole turns 28

As Cheryl Cole turns 28 we reflect on her career.

Video: Cheryl Cole's fashion transformation

As Cheryl Cole turns 28 we take a look at how her fashion sense has changed over the years and transformed her into a style queen.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project