René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

Surrealists loved a joke, but this A-to-Z format takes all the fun out of the Belgian artist and just makes him look arch

£81,000 for Beatrice's wedding hat

The hat worn by Princess Beatrice to the royal wedding has raised £81,100 for charity in an online auction.

Outside the Box: Classic stereotyping as bowler hats are donned for pre-match 'entertainment'

As it is always interesting to see ourselves as others see us, true Brits will wonder quite what Uefa's gnomes of Nyon have in mind for pre-match entertainment at Wembley's Champions' League final.

Online bids for 'fashion roadkill' hat reach £80,000

The money is to go to Princess Beatrice's charity, Little Bee Initiative

Bids for Princess Beatrice's hat reach £18,000

Princess Beatrice's royal wedding hat has attracted a bid of £18,400.

Perchance to dream... of David Tennant's slippers

A Slice of Britain: Stage doublets, corsets, frocks and toppers are up for grabs in the latest costume sale at the RSC... and the bargain-hunters enter right on cue

Rats! The end is nigh for No 11's uninvited guests

A rat-catcher has been called into Downing Street to deal with rodents that so far have been captured on television cameras, but not by any traps at No 10.

Michael Bywater: Uniforms are there for a reason

In 1998, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Proceedings of the House had to reverse its decision to tell peers not to speak with their hands in their pockets, and look where it got us: a Speaker of the Commons in a lounge suit, correctly condemned over the weekend by Baroness Boothroyd (a former incumbent of the post) for losing respect.

'You're like Scrooge': Award-winning writer Jackie Kay presents her exclusive festive short story

Friendship is a wonderful thing, but sometimes you just want to be alone. And some of those times happen to be Christmas. The award-winning poet-novelist Jackie Kay presents 'Home-Alone Christmas', a festive short story written exclusively for 'The New Review'

The ten best leggings

We’ve got over our fear of clingy legwear. From the frivolous and bold to the plain and downright versatile, this selection proves you can stretch a point...

Three found guilty of Halloween hat murder

Three men were facing life sentences today for killing an IT expert after snatching his girlfriend's Halloween hat.

Woman tells court of Halloween night attack

A woman broke down in court today as she recalled the Halloween night horror during which her boyfriend was killed.

From the top: Master milliner Stephen Jones and his remarkable life’s work

A new retrospective traces the extraordinary life and work of Stephen Jones, the man behind the world's most iconic headgear. He gives Harriet Walker a sneak peek, taking her from his punk origins through physics geekery to his royal coronation
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us