Bubble tea comes in a range of flavours – and colours

A curious kind of cuppa

Bubble tea is big in Asia and the US but now this strange brew – complete with tapioca 'pearls' – has reached the sipping point here, says Neela Debnath

We love: Tats the way to do it - Getting inked may still upset the twin set and pearls brigade, but tattoo artist Horiyoshi III has built up a cult following. As has a range of clothing inspired by his designs, which is adding denim for men. The Thiiird, harveynichols.com

The Fashion Audit: Tats the way to do it, going for gold and a retro Penny Skateboard

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Leeds retail centre boost

FTSE 100 property giant Hammerson is to reignite plans for a stalled £600m development in Leeds that could reinvigorate a neglected area to the north-east of the city.

The 10 Best summer nail polishes

Technicolor talons in rainbow hues and pretty pastels will brighten your day even when the sun isn’t shining

Bugle bead dress, £565, by Hakaan, houseofhakaan.com; rose-bud sandals, £705, by Nicholas Kirkwood, 5 Mount Street, London W1, 020-7290 1404

Night moves: Max out on minidresses

High hemlines, high prices, but such high glamour, too...

Saul says: 'was struggling to get Harvey Nichols to accept my concept...then Mary came in like an Exocet'

How We Met: Roger Saul & Mary Portas

Roger Saul, 61

Sweater, £830, by Marc Jacobs, from net-a-porter.com; sunglasses, £12, from asos.com
We Love: Burberry - Ahead of the curve with all things digital, Burberry has released exclusive tracks in collaboration with Brit bands to launch its new eyewear collection before hosting gigs around the world next month too. burberry.com

The Fashion Audit: Burberry, Post-poo drops, YMC and Harvey Nichols

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Harvey Nichols escapes ad censure

Upmarket department store Harvey Nichols has escaped censure following complaints that a Christmas ad showing women doing the "walk of shame" was offensive and demeaning.

Lace top, £1,110, by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 5 Portobello Green, London W10, 020-8968 1542; silk skirt, £927, by Rochas, from Joseph, 16 Sloane St, London SW1, 020-7235 1991; earrings (worn throughout), £320, by Prada, 16-18 Old Bond St, London W1, 020-7647 5000

Wine: Something for the weekend

Couch potato

Harvey Nichols sees profits soar

In a sign that the megawealthy keep on spending, Knightsbridge landmark Harvey Nichols has seen pre-tax profit before charitable donations soar38 per cent to nearly £16m.

Simon Kelner: High streets are closing; we should heed Mary Portas

Sometimes it's hard to believe we are beset by deepening economic gloom. Here in London, it's well nigh impossible to get a table in a top restaurant, and the department stores are packed to bursting.

Jacquard long pants, £485, Satin stretch shirt with lipstick scarf, £510, and glam soft mohair boxy caban jacket, £1,020, with acid Mongolian scarf, £1,500, all by Gucci, 18 Sloane Street, London SW1, 020-7235 6707; stone ring, £180, by Erickson Beamon, 38 Elizabeth Street, london SW1, 020-7259 0202

History lessons: Get flirty with Forties-style glitz and glamour

Model: Polly at Next

Mark Ravenhill is to write at the RSC in Shakespeare's home town

Shakespeare and F*%!ing: Mark Ravenhill at the RSC

Mark Ravenhill, the controversial playwright with a talent for shocking audiences, was this week revealed as the new writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stratford may never be the same again. John Walsh imagines what the author of 'Shopping and Fucking' might do with the Bard's poetry

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home