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Whether you opt for sugary pastels or classic black, spring’s lightweight tailoring will instantly smarten your wardrobe, whatever the occasion

Leading article: Reality finally bites at Augusta

It was only ever a matter of time before the real world came knocking at the door of the Augusta National golf club. Now it is finally doing so – in the person of Virginia Rometty.

Alexander Armstrong, photographed at the Ivy Club, London WC2

Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?

More so than Miranda Hart, Stephen Fry and David Mitchell, Alexander Armstrong seems to be the acceptable face of posh comedy. With his comically large ears (a gift from his father), crinkly smile, affable demeanour and (crucially, perhaps) lack of smarty pants, he's the cuddly side of the upper classes in an age when, rather oppressively, toffs seem to be taking over again. Even Armstrong's overgrown Hooray Henry, 'Harry', in those adverts for Pimm's – alcopops for the privileged – is cherishable. Not that he drinks the stuff in public, he says, for fear of wags shouting, "It's Pimm's o'clock" – one of the great advertising campaigns, by the way, that helps explain some of Armstrong's wider appeal. The more you parody the posh, as the creatives at the advertising agency Mother realised, the more accessible they become to other groups.

Independent Bath Literature Festival: The book has a future – but what will it look like?

Authors ask what happens next for publishing as figures reveal print sales are down 18 per cent

Ready To Wear: Au revoir, Monsieur Pilati, it's been magnifique

Tonight, in Paris, the designer Stefano Pilati will show his swan-song collection for Yves Saint Laurent.

Face to watch: Jessie Ware is preparing to take on the charts with cavernous R&B reverie 'Running', out 26 March

Agenda: Diane von Furstenberg; Jessie Ware; Girls; Franciacorta; Downton Abbey paper dolls

Fashion: A warm Current is blowing in

Jacket, £150, and t-shirt, £25, both by Cos, cosstores.com; trousers, £229, and belt, £225, both by Paul Smith, 40-44 floral street, london wc2, 0800 023 4006

Lapel addict: The new season's first rule - jackets with everything

Styling: Lee Holmes

Pregnant woman attacked by knifeman

A heavily pregnant woman was assaulted by three men, one of whom used a knife to "jab" her stomach, police said today.

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The 10 Best binoculars

1 Bresser Junior Kids

£9.95, conrad-uk.com

These children's binoculars have a tempered-glass finish, so the lens won't break if they slip from little fingers, and x6 magnification.

To promote its revolutionary new product, Ready Baked Jackets, McCain has introduced 3D fibreglass models of baked tatties at selected bus stops in London, York, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow

Why an innovation in advertising is causing a stink

It was probably only a matter of time before "Smell-vertising" became a reality and it looks like fast-food spud specialists McCain is the first major company to get in on the act.

Fit First Lady wins press-up competition on US chatshow

Michelle Obama accepted a press-up challenge from Ellen DeGeneres on the US comedian's talk show – and won.

Natalie Haynes: Take note, jurors: ignoranceis bliss

Sometimes there are things we just don't need to know. Theodora Dallas, the juror who was sentenced on Monday to six months in jail for causing a trial to be aborted for googling the accused and telling fellow jurors what she'd uncovered, probably now realises that better than most. But if there was a lesson to be learned from her conviction, it wasn't one that could be discerned from the reporting of her case.

Natalie Haynes: It's not just jurors who have forgotten that ignorance is bliss

The thing is that sometimes there are things we just don't need to know. Theodora Dallas, the juror who was sentenced on Monday to six months in jail for causing a trial to be aborted after she Googled the accused and told her fellow jurors what she'd uncovered, probably now realises that better than most. But if there was a lesson to be learned from her conviction, it wasn't one that could be discerned from the reporting of her case.

Ascot dress code turns into a debacle

In a world where flamboyant headpieces and carefully-cut waistcoats are as ubiquitous as the high-society chatter that fills the air, attending races at Ascot is, in the words of one curt official, a formal occasion and "not one where you might dress as you would a nightclub".

Both Mugler and Versace (pictured) gave us pastels galore, sometimes from head to toe

Your new-season shopping list: Menswear essentials

Print, pastel and Fifties references – menswear takes on a new and dynamic aspect for spring, says Lee Holmes

The Greatcoat, By Helen Dunmore

Dunmore's historical novels have been compared to Tolstoy. This wartime ghost story is not in that league, but it does what it says on the dust jacket

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