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'A marriage ending feels like a bomb going off'

Faux-fur designers bring the real thing in from the cold

Fake stuff is so popular it's raised demand for genuine fur too.

The eternal truths, as revealed in a century of women's mags

As publishing empire NatMag celebrates, Susie Mesure leafs through some of its greatest hits

J K Rowling tops list of Britain's most influential women

Magazine editors select figures 'inspirational' to their female readers

And the winner is not... Murdoch's blunder mars reality show final

Tycoon's daughter-in-law gets result wrong

The supermodel you wouldn't recognise

She is one of the country's most ubiquitous models. Her image adorns billboards, magazines and television screens – she has five TV commercials running at the moment. She appears in adverts for companies from Dolce & Gabana to Domestos and her credits include shoots with Kate Moss and Mario Testino.

Gisele: mothers should be forced to breastfeed

Gisele Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel, has called for mothers to be forced to breastfeed for the first six months of their baby's life.

Matthew Bell: Ths <i>IoS</i> Diary (10/01/10)

So that's where all the grit is...

Philip Hensher: Days of the Library Stinker are numbered

There's always been a gruesome whiffer in every library

Sarah's heroes: The PM's wife has been making friends in surprising places.

Together they have trudged through mud at Glastonbury and dined at countless functions in aid of maternal health. But Sarah Brown has now sealed her unlikely friendship with Naomi Campbell by nominating the supermodel as her 21st-century heroine.

Observations: Plaintive paper works that promise a fairy-tale ending

For most people, fairy-tales stay firmly put on the page. But for artist Su Blackwell, who creates whimsical, intricate paper-cut sculptures from second-hand books, the magical, mythical folkloric creatures spill over into everyday life. From Peter Pan to the Wizard of Oz, snow queens to ice maidens and whirling lit-up merry-go-rounds, words and illustrations rise from the pages in charming 3D forms. She creates scenes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as well as swaying sail boats and fish, majestic castles, paper princesses and secret gardens.

Walking on sunshine: FitFlop creator Marcia Kilgore has designs on the rest of our bodies

A great deal of fashion's greatest successes are developed from a single idea: Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dresses, Calvin Klein's underpants, Yohji Yamamoto's black minimalism. Add to them Marcia Kilgore's FitFlops. She's the woman behind the cult shoes that have sold more than 4.8m pairs since launch two years ago, and which have just earned her the "Innovation of the Year" award from Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Editor-At-Large: Harman could fix things, but the men won't budge

No wonder many women find politics a turn-off and the idea of a career in Parliament less than appealing. Just look at the amount of vindictive press Harriet Harman attracted over the past seven days. If a mouthy, intelligent female – who, won an open election for her job, unlike her male superior – gets described as "thick" and "an idiot" by that repulsive shagger Rod Liddle in The Spectator, and is relentlessly pilloried day after day in the tabloids, it's no wonder her colleagues, Caroline Flint, Ruth Kelly and Jacqui Smith have jumped ship.

Rhiannon Harries: I'll stick with Europe's celeb couples for my fairytale romances

Disappointing us is what celebrities do best; it's often, in fact, why we love them. But the celeb couple represents something else. Individually, they may be the most abject specimens of humanity, but it's hard not to feel a smidgen of goodwill towards two people in love.

David Lister: It's a funny old job but someone's got to do it

The new Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw was spotted at the Latitude festival last weekend, dancing to Grace Jones.

Best job in the world: Sir Max toasts 45 years in journalism

The winner of this year's Edgar Wallace Award for fine writing talks to Matthew Bell
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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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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

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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
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project