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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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links