Jeremy Scott’s “wings” Adidas trainers

Adidas trainers go Schwing: Oh, for the wings, for the wings of a shoe...

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

A is for Agnetha: 'the blonde one from Abba' is back with a solo album

Agnetha Faltskog, or “the blonde one from Abba”, is to release her first album in almost a decade.

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)

It was typical of the self-aware, self-referential and self-deprecating “third Russell of comedy” to acknowledge that the X Factor final had taken a slither out of his audience share tonight.

Joan Smith: Let's dare to denounce dangerous trash

Fear of siding with the right against a corrosive celebrity culture forces liberal thinkers to tolerate questionable values

Speaker's wife in Big Brother house

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow is "not exactly chuffed" to see his wife in the Big Brother house, she has admitted.

Last Night's TV: The Story of British Path&#233;/BBC4<br />Country House Rescue/Channel 4

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."

Video: Jedward celebrate Victory launch

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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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas