Life and Style Braided updo

Forget windswept hair – here is our guide to the best styles for the seaside with a little help from the experts

Sleep easy: A cosy bedroom

Room Service: This little piggy went upmarket

The Angel & Blue Pig, Lymington

Video: Al-Qa'ida holds family fun day in war torn Aleppo

In the battle to win hearts and minds in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, al-Qa’ida has found a new weapon: ice-cream.

Jay-Z to Jay Z

Jay Z drops it, Martha Lane Fox added it: A salute to the humble hyphen

The poor hyphen. With the news last week that rapper Jay-Z was dropping the hyphen from his name to become simply Jay Z, it becomes the latest diacritical mark to come under sustained pressure from modern usage. We’ve not been this upset since Waterstones boss James Daunt ditched the book chain’s apostrophe.

Damn this hot weather to hell!

It’d just be nice if there was some acknowledgement that not everyone thinks these high temperatures are paradise

The hamper from Ampersand includes a savoury tartine, scones sentried by pots of jam and clotted cream, and a variety of sweet pastries

Syrian war forces businesses to relocate across border in Jordan

The country has seen a rise in tourism from the Gulf states as they have shied away from Syria and volatile Lebanon

Wear, what, why when? Black Comme des Garçons is the blue-collar of fashion

Fashion editors love fashion. Sometimes we’re even willing to put it on our backs

Mexican wave: Mantic by Josef Albers

Visual art review: Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1914 - so where is the writing on the wall?

An exhibition of work from post-revolutionary Mexico is structurally unsound: it lacks murals, the people’s medium

The 10 Best ice-cream makers

With the Met Office predicting a scorcher, we’ve got the scoop on the coolest ways to stay sweet this summer

Things are hotting up: a digital thermometer displays the temperature at Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Heatwave set to break records in Death Valley with expected 54C temperatures

A heatwave is expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 54C (130F) in California's Death Valley over the weekend – just short of the 134F reading from a century ago that stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Weighing it up: The high cost of childcare means that many parents rely on older – and less physically active – family members to look after the young

Grandma doesn't always know best when it comes to a child's diet

It may be cheap, but getting your parents to look after your children may be storing up trouble, Roger Dobson discovers

Tim Key: 'The Doctor prised me from my nest and we waddled to the heath for boules'

I love Wimbledon. Spending day after day sprawling on my sofa, Bermuda shorts on, eyelids half-open, watching sporting princes battering each other. Not to mention the gorgeous grunters in the women's draw, the ballchildren scuttling about and being treated like shit, and the posh haddocks in sunhats braying from the stands. It's my sporting highlight of the summer, genuinely.

Keri Moss: 'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

My life in food: Keri Moss, chef

'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

Standing up for a woman's right to choose: Wendy Davis in action this week

Senator Wendy Davis putting the time in with 11 hour filibuster to stop anti-abortion bill

In a feat of stunning oration, the Democrat spoke for half a day to stop an anti-abortion bill being passed in Texas. Just who is this loquacious heroine?

Picture perfect: indulgence in the Maldives

My life in travel: Alex Jones

'Flying over the islands in a tiny seaplane was gorgeous'

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there