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The singer was forced to pull out of a string of performances after being diagnosed with appendicitis

Hitchcock - Make a date with the Master

A season of Hitchcock films on Sky Movies, in association with The Independent, shows a timeless talent, says John Walsh

Dress code: Sarah Curran, Founder of my-wardrobe.com

What are you wearing right now?

I am wearing a pink APC jumper, a pair of 7 For All Mankind wide-legged jeans, and YSL Tribute shoes.

Mad Men: A true guilty pleasure

Its lack of political correctness is what makes it great, says Gerard Gilbert

John Michael Hayes: Screenwriter who graduated from radio and collaborated with Hitchcock on 'Rear Window'

For Alfred Hitchcock, actors may have been cattle but writers were a different breed; in collaborating with him, however, they could be sure their haunches would soon bear his initials' impress – and the steam from that operation lingered for years. Raymond Chandler, for one, never ceased complaining after his experience with Strangers on a Train, and John Michael Hayes was understandably irked by Hitchcock's dismissing him, during long conversations with Truffaut, as "a radio writer". Hayes had worked with the director on four films over a two-year period, an intense, congenial and educative process which yielded one masterpiece and added three more curiosities to Hitchcock's bewilderingly uneven output.

DVD review: Vertigo (PG)

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock (128 mins)

Album: Micah P. Hinson, Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra (Full Time Hobby)

Even if he were to cover his sort-of namesake's "Grace Kelly", Micah P. Hinson would still sound like a backwoods mechanic hiding something in the cellar.

Plate With A View: Le Grill, Monte Carlo, Monaco

The swankiest hotel in Monte Carlo is without a doubt the Hôtel de Paris, with its Alain Ducasse restaurant, the three-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV. What people often forget is that up on the roof is a perfectly good one-star restaurant with the most wonderful views.

Something To Declare: Moscow; Antwerp; Europe for the weekend

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

Museum accused of giving away Balenciaga's work

A museum dedicated to the work of the Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga has become embroiled in a scandal over allegations that the legendary couturier's creations have been given away.

Allan Grant: click! the man who brought the stars to life

Allan Grant, a Life magazine photographer who had the last photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe and captured on film such moments as the first atom bomb tests in the Nevada desert in the early Fifties, has died.

Editor-At-Large: The crumble in the jungle starts here

By the time you read this, I shall be spending my first night under the glorious starry sky of the southern hemisphere imprisoned with a group of people I honestly wouldn't have marked down as ideal camp companions. Luckily, I know one of my fellow detainees, the glamorous Nancy Sorrell, whose wedding to my pal Vic Reeves I attended earlier this year. I'd only seen Nancy, (now the face of Ann Summers lingerie, but a pole dancer in an earlier existence) clad in a skimpy skirt, bra top and jewelled mules - and that was for a windy beach lunch in Whitstable - and so I walked straight past a gorgeous Grace Kelly lookalike wearing an elegant chignon and a floor-length silk gown at the wedding reception a few months later. Luckily my major faux pas was ironed out when Vic pointed out his new bride before she noticed. Nancy is so glamorous it's amazing - and totally frank about her sex life, telling the tabloids that she's going to miss "nooky" really badly during her spell on I'm a Celeb... and revealing tha

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

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Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

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Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

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