Arts and Entertainment Royal flush: a scene from 'Powder Room'

Nearly 50 years after John Osborne and Arnold Wesker gave the world the kitchen-sink drama, a new dramatic form has entered the fray: the bathroom-sink drama.

Leddra Chapman/Hamel, Jazz Café, London

Sugary show needs more bite

Laura Dockrill: A poet for the iPod generation

Laura Dockrill, aka Dockers MC, is a poet on a mission to spread the spoken word, playing gigs with Kate Nash and headlining festivals along the way. Ian Burrell meets her

Florence and the Machine: Meet the sound of the summer

Florence and the Machine's dark, dramatic and downright sexy music has already made her pop's hottest property

Florence and the Machine, Academy, Birmingham

Too many toffs on this magic roundabout

First Night: Lily Allen, Koko, Camden, London

Weapon of mass consumption proves she still has the edge

Last Night's TV: The Family, Channel 4<br />Axe Men FIVE

Slice of life feels a bit too close to home

Kate Nash, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

Despite Kate Nash's considerable talents, there does lurk the suspicion that even many of her devotees must be getting fed up with her.

Poetry reading is the new rock'n'roll

Britain's poets enjoy the limelight as their strongly ethical works attract the rock festival crowds

Edinburgh Festival: Why the Fringe is rocking

"It always struck me as strange that there wasn't a contemporary music strand during the Edinburgh Festival," Dave Corbett says. It was after he moved north of the border 12 years ago to work for DF Concerts, the Scots music promoters who run T in the Park, that Corbett set about remedying the situation.

Have you clicked yet? Fashion online

Buying clothes online is a growing trend &ndash; now that a new generation of designers can offer celebrity style at top speed. Ian Johnston reports

Pandora: Cherie is brought to book

"Grasping" and "tacky" were among reviewers' moderate descriptions of Cherie Blair's self-invasive memoirs. Selling 3,877 copies in a week can be spun as an achievement – until one considers the newspaper serialisation; the blanket Radio 4 coverage (Book Of The Week, Woman's Hour); Cherie's reported £1m advance from publisher Little, Brown; and the decision by stores and websites to sell at half the £18.99 cover price from day one.

First Night: Adele, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Newcomer's towering voice overcomes her nerves

Glastonbury line-up revealed

The line-up for the 2008 Glastonbury Festival has been revealed ahead of schedule. The headliners on the Pyramid Stage are confirmed as Kings of Leon, Jay-Z and The Verve while other notable inclusions appearing at this year's festival in Somerset are Kate Nash, The Raconteurs, Massive Attack and Leonard Cohen.

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