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Marks & Spencer braced for drop in profits

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland is set to come under increased pressure from investors tomorrow as the retail chain unveils its first fall in annual profits for three years.

David Hockney, also in the news for his recent elevation to the Order of Merit, had criticised his fellow artist Damien Hirst's use of hired help as 'a little insulting to craftsmen'

DJ Taylor: All woes lead to the hapless Mr Lansley

Whether on binge drinking or cosmetic surgery, the Conservative instinct not to interfere is becoming difficult to defend

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What with it being nearly New Year and all, we're almost at the stage where we can safely start assessing the highs and lows of the Year That Was. We are approaching the end of the risky pre-emptive period, where the combination of major world events and celebrity deaths threaten, perilously, to render us redundant. Soon, tantalisingly soon, we will be able to write our Hundred Best lists with confidence.

Terence Blacker: You still gotta stick it to The Man, man

One by one, the chicks and dudes of yesteryear are having their say. They are part of a lucky generation, never having had to fight a war, catching a wave of personal liberation four and a half decades ago, and now checking out before things get too heavy on Planet Earth.

Susie Rushton: This is one tattoo too far

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Peter York: The secret and changing life of the private members' club

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Women are very welcome at the Garrick, but they cannot, at present, become members. There have been several attempts before to change the rules of this most affable of London's gentlemen's clubs, but all have been seen off by the conservative elements among its distinguished, but generally elderly, membership of actors, lawyers and writers.

From Gurkhas to the Garrick: Lumley bids to join men-only club

The Garrick Club is said to have 'the best urinals in town' - some members are reluctant to adapt the premises

The Shadow Line: When shots in the dark are right on target

Hugo Blick's new conspiracy thriller, The Shadow Line, promises to be a classic of the genre, says Gerard Gilbert

DVD: The Green Hornet (12)

The Green Hornet joins Hudson Hawk, Batman and Robin and The Avengers as one of the all-time, big-budget action duds.

Editor-At-Large: I'm spring-cleaning my brain, so those celebrities must go

A glorious Easter weekend is a perfect opportunity to do some spring-cleaning. Not the kind requiring a vacuum cleaner, but a far less strenuous undertaking involving no more exercise than sitting in a chair in the sun and doing a spot of contemplation. Scientists have been trying to work out why, as we get older, our memories appear to stop working. It certainly drives me bonkers – I spend ages trying to remember the name of a bore who worked for me 10 years ago. Or where I put that recipe for slow-cooked shoulder of lamb. Or why my reading glasses vanish every two hours. The list is endless. We waste hours rifling through the messy Rolodex in our heads, trying to put it into some sort of coherent order, trying to retrieve all sorts of lost information, that will suddenly pop back into circulation ages after you actually needed them.

150 Gurkhas to go in army cuts

The Gurkhas are to be among the first victims of the Army's redundancy programme with around 150 troops facing the axe, it was announced today.

Claudia Pritchard: How do you police this, Ms Lumley?

Parents have a role in their offspring's sex life

Children lack morals, says Lumley

Joanna Lumley has criticised the way that British children are brought up with "slack" morals. The actress, 64, said the younger generation needed to be given greater responsibilities.

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