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Cultural Life: Lang Lang, pianist

Music: Arthur Rubinstein's 'Music of Spain'. I always learn music from Rubinstein's interpretation and have many of his records on my MP3 player, so that I can listen whenever and wherever I am.

Diary: From cover girl to bag lady

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is to be the new face of Chanel's "Mademoiselle" handbag line, after she was introduced to Karl Lagerfeld by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. "I will always feel [the bag] is more than just a purse," Lively mused. "It's a quilted case full of lipstick, love letters and the dreams and possibilities that I have always felt every time I see that beautiful CC."

Gossip Girl franchise grows up

Once your books have become a cultural phenomenon, what do you do next? If you're Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl franchise, the answer is – leave high school behind and graduate to college. Nor is that the only thing she's graduating to. Von Ziegesar's newest novel, Cum Laude, is being marketed not to a teen audience, but to adults.

Are you ready to get preppy?

After 30 years in the doldrums, the relaxed East Coast look is back – along with a new handbook to help you wear it with elan

The Vampire Diaries - Fresh blood for teenage vampire lovers

If you thought that the viewing public’s blood lust had been sated by ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’ you’d be wrong. Sarah Hughesreports on ‘The Vampire Diaries’, the dark new show from the US

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Hung: Never mind the length, feel the quality

New US comedy drama 'Hung' follows the exploits of a well-endowed sports coach who falls on hard times and becomes a gigolo, but beneath the prurient title lie more serious themes. By Gerard Gilbert

Ash Atalla - An unholy Trinity

The producer of 'The Office' has moved on from comedy with a new soap described as 'Gossip Girl' meets 'Buffy' via Hogwarts.