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The prototype allowed users to compare their size with that of famous faces  such as Cheryl Cole, Kate Middleton and Adele

The IoS Diary (03/07/11)

It's one game to love

SW19 Diary: Pippa leaves Barton and Co in the shade

The diary has noted before the lack of footballers at the Championships but Joey Barton came to the rescue yesterday by turning up on Centre Court – Barton's doing the English summer circuit, having been at Glastonbury last weekend.

Preview: Masterpiece London art fair 2011

A stunning range of antiques, jewellery, and classic cars will go on sale at the 2011 Masterpiece London art fair this summer.

Fascin-hater! Cheap replicas infuriate hat man Philip Treacy

Milliner behind the fascinator revival lays into high street imitations

Diary: Cameron bonds with Bear

Bear Grylls and Dave Cameron, fellow Old Etonians – and, like myself, thriving survivors of Boarding School Syndrome – were recently introduced, Grylls tells me at a screening of his new Discovery Channel series Born Survivor. "He was cool, actually," said Grylls with an admirably straight face. "He's got a real presence about him. Politics aside, I thought he was great. Actually not even politics aside: I think his politics are great!"

The girls can't help it: The sacred bond of sorority

Friends, rivals, partners – sisters can be all these and more. Why is this particular sibling set-up so complicated, and so fascinating to outsiders? From the Bennets to the Middletons, Harriet Walker studies the sacred bond of sorority

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Don't worry Kate, there will never be a royal expenses row

The entourage to Canada and the US will be 'humble' with only seven adults accompanying the couple. The national self-delusion is now untreatable

Video: Pippa Middleton reportedly single

One of Britain's most eligible women, Pippa Middleton, is apparently single after reportedly breaking up with her boyfriend Alex Loudon.

Diary: Bum steer on Pippa's rear

While the matter of Carol Vorderman's controversial victory in the annual "Rear of the Year" awards seemed settled, after bookies refunded any losing bets placed on Pippa Middleton's pert behind, this particular bunfight now looks set to run and run, like the lovely Pippa competing in a mini-marathon. "Call yourself a journalist?" demands one Alan Hardie, in a pungent email addressed to this column. "How are we, your concerned readers, expected to make a judgement about the shocking 'Arse-gate' debacle without comparative pictures? Preferably in colour. Preferably side by side. Frankly, the high standards of journalism we have come to expect from The Independent are sadly lacking here. Please see to it that this is rectified." Alan, I shall.

Met commits six officers to Rees evidence

Scotland Yard is believed to have committed six officers to comb through the mass of evidence it holds on the private detective Jonathan Rees.

Diary: Bookies get behind Pippa

After dipping a tentative toe yesterday into the "Arse-Gate" furore that erupted following game old girl Carol Vorderman's surprise triumph at the Rear of the Year awards this week, I had hoped that the matter would now be closed.

Get ready for Summer! Nord-Pas de Calais

Our fortnightly series of travellers' guides to holiday destinations goes to French Flanders. Adrian Phillips reports

Roussillon, 16 St Barnabas Street, London

Some excellent restaurants are like secrets, tucked away from brashness and bustle, apparently known only to a select crowd of zealots and devotees. Roussillon is a classic case. Everything about it breathes veiled discretion. The Pimlico street in which you eventually gaze at its bow-windowed loveliness is so discreet, it doesn't even show up on my online Streetmap. Ring for directions, and you're told to park the car and walk.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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