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Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

Natalie Haynes: Cinema etiquette for beginners

If you ever go to the cinema, you probably have a list of pet peeves. Empire Cinemas have now come up with a list of things you aren't allowed to do. But since they've wasted some of it on things that are always wrong (littering, putting feet on seats), I'd like to propose my version.

Grace Dent on Television...Nigel Slater: Life is Sweets BBC4

Thanks to Nigel, I spent the evening recalling happy memories of confectionery cravings

Make a splash: fountains outside Kosice’s cathedral

Every street tells a story in Kosice

This intriguing city with Slovakian and Hungarian heritage is next year’s European Capital of Culture

Best for summer: Baked peaches with amaretto

Baked peaches with amaretto

Serves 4

Robot could help you lose weight

If you're growing a gut, but can't afford a personal trainer, there's a robot than might be able to help you with that. The Autom social bot tracks weight loss and is designed to interact with dieters on a daily basis, offering personalised incentives and encouragement. Its makers claim that “by developing an emotional bond with the robot, users are more likely to stick with healthy eating plans”. But can you stomach the idea of being told what to eat by a robot that's not once tasted ice-cream?

SpaceX Dragon capsule: Cargo ship reaches International Space Station

Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a US supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year.

Rocket blasts off on Sunday as it heads for space carrying the company's Dragon CRX-1 spacecraft from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida

Private rocket blasts off for ISS

A commercial cargo craft has been blasted into orbit bound for the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with Nasa.

Kurien: he fought for the farmers against the middlemen

Verghese Kurien: Engineer hailed as 'India's milkman'

The 'White Revolution' has been remarkble: India produces 17 per cent of the world's milk

Postcard from... Bologna

For those of you who like a little culture but find museums rather dry and academic, the little town of Anzola dell'Emilia has served up a rather tastier history lesson.

Park and glide: Freedom of the Seas

Hit the rides and the tides

It's the stuff that children's dreams are made of. Jo Kessel combines a Caribbean cruise with a Florida theme-park holiday

Lots of bite: Duncan Bannatyne presented a probing documentary

Tests confirm Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne didn't suffer heart attack

Tests have confirmed that TV entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne did not suffer a heart attack in a health scare which saw him rushed to hospital, a company spokesman said today.

Join the club: Nicolas Colsaerts is frustrated as he misses a putt on the 15th hole playing with Sergio Garcia yesterday

Ryder Cup: Colsaerts' Big Belgian Bang makes world take notice

Wildcard dazzles Woods but he just couldn't be Superman again

The Pig and Butcher offers a short, sublime menu

The Pig and Butcher, 80 Liverpool Road, London N1

Unlike its predecessor, the Pig & Butcher lets you enjoy its food as you please.

Sundae worship

As a wave of retro ice-cream parlours tickles the country's tastebuds, we have the scoop on the coolest cones and brightest bowls

Bluewater extension would make it nation's biggest

The Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, built in a former quarry, is about to become the UK's biggest.

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine