Jeremy Scott’s “wings” Adidas trainers

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When I first set eyes on Jeremy Scott’s “wings” Adidas trainers on The Independent’s fashion pages, I was overcome with lust. Over the top, utterly mad and enough to turn the average sneaker wearer into Hermes (or a winged horse – gotta love a bit of Pegasus).

Agnetha Faltskog's album will be released in May

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Television review: Young Apprentice episode six: hair we go

This week the teams had to come up with their own hair styling product and make an ad campaign for it, then pitch it to a group of advertising professionals. Easy really.

Eurovision just doesn't get The Hump

UK's veteran crooner comes second-to-last (way behind Jedward)

Russell Kane: Manscaping, Hammersmith Apollo, London (4/5)

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Joan Smith: Let's dare to denounce dangerous trash

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Speaker's wife in Big Brother house

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Fans of The Hour (of which I'm most definitely one) will already be familiar with the "brisk banality" that so often dominated mid-century news coverage. It's depicted beautifully there, the Powers That Be calling for society lunches while the world slowly spins on its political axis. "Martial law may have been imposed in Poland," complained reporter Freddie (Ben Whishaw) in episode one. "And we have footage of Prince Rainier on honeymoon with his showgirl."

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John and Edward talk to us about their new album Victory and their fame following Eurovision.

Video: Jedward sing for Obama

The cream of Irish music gathers together in Dublin to serenade the US President.

Leading article: A visit that will test how far two countries have come

This is a state visit like no other. No walkabouts, no crowds of schoolchildren waving Union Jacks and an awful lot of police and security barriers. Try as politicians might to present the Queen's arrival in Ireland as evidence of just how normal Anglo-Irish relations have become, they're still not quite.

Azerbaijan duo wins Eurovision

They may never win the football World Cup or triumph at the top of the medal table at the Olympics, but they were celebrating in Baku last night as Azerbaijan was crowned winner of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time – finishing well clear of the United Kingdom and Ireland entries.

Nul Points? Not this time, as Eurovision goes west

Britain has Blue. Ireland has Jedward. Are the long years of Eastern bloc domination over?

Germany's Lena seeks to defend Eurovision title

German teenager Lena will attempt to become the first Eurovision Song Contest winner to defend her title successfully on Saturday in the annual competition famous for light entertainment and heavy-duty kitsch.

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