Voices Public pain: Valérie Trierweiler has to still to endure the humiliation of facing the world

Being beautiful, successful and rich doesn’t protect you from pain, but when endured in the spotlight, the results can be devastating

NANA: A café for nanas, run by nanas, seeks crowd-funding

NANA Comfort Food and Craft Café takes to KickStarter to raise money for toilet conversion in east London

82-year-old Ruth Flowers, aka Mamy Rock, has been DJing since 2010

Tea dances to techno: the rise of the older-school DJ

The decks are no longer a place for spring chickens. Superstar DJs are knocking on: Tiesto is 44, Carl Cox is 51 and Pete Tong is 53. These guys should probably be in their shed tinkering with the mower. But in fact, there are even older spinners on the decks.

Jamie Carragher

Comment: Jamie Carragher makes strong pitch for Sky alongside Gary Neville – by telling it like it is

On-screen partnership with Neville scores on debut as perfect riposte to rivals

Knitting group 'barred' from meeting at local library because of 'dangerous needles'

Local authority says the group is too big for new facilities, while councillor condemns the decision

Laura Mvula performs on the Pyramid Stage during day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival

Proms review: Prommers were enchanted by Lauras Mvula and Marling - greeting a mixture of Grime, hip-hop and r'n'b with enthusiasm

Prom 37: Urban Classic Prom, FT Laura Mvula, Fazer and others (***)

Prom 40: 6 Music Prom, FT Laura Marling, Cerys Matthews and others (****)

West Side Story:Joey McKneely's production, returning to Sadler's Wells where it was first seen in 2008, is no masterpiece

Theatre review: West Side Story - An above average production, but no masterpiece

It was the most thrillingly up-to-date of all musicals when it opened on Broadway in 1957, but revivals of West Side Story have tended to feel stuck in a time-warp in recent years. You wouldn't want to change Jerome Robbins's electrifying choreography; nonetheless, there has been a distinct whiff of mothballs as wholesome athletic young performers – exuding all the delinquent menace of, say, the young Cliff Richard – went through the motions with technical aplomb but with seemingly no gut connection to the spirit of the piece.

Ray Wilkins: Former England and Chelsea footballer was 'too drunk to stand' when pulled over for driving erratically, court hears

Mr Wilkins also unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade when he was revealed to be three times over the legal drink-driving limit, the court heard

We are rarely satisfied with the speed at which we access the internet at home

Cyber Culture: Want to know how fast your broadband really is? Join the queue...

My internet is slow. And yes, I know that sentence is a grammatical and syntactical horror show, but it's one that's generally understood.

So Ed Miliband and Ed Balls dated the same woman? It's her I feel sorry for

Labour party leader Ed Miliband is free to prostrate himself on the alter of spin as he sees fit, but must he drag a respected BBC journalist down with him?

How the Daily Telegraph in Sydney reported the Gillard controversy

A last-stitch bid? Storm over photo of republican Australia PM Julia Gillard knitting kangaroo for royal baby

Blair's former spin-doctor John McTernan was sure it would do wonders for her popularity - but stunt has backfired

Mo Farah shows his joy at winning; right, from top, Greg Rutherford, Eilidh Child and Dai Greene

Souped-up Mo Farah turns into Billy Whizz at the European Team Championships

Double Olympic gold medallist's new sprinting skill sees him accelerate to victory in the 5,000 metres

The Night Alive, Donmar Warehouse

Theatre review: The Night Alive, Donmar Warehouse, London

The summer belongs to Conor McPherson at the Donmar Warehouse. Hard on the heels of Josie Rourke's pitch-perfect revival of his most acclaimed play The Weir, the Irish dramatist now directs this beautifully-acted world premiere of his latest piece, The Night Alive

Jack Dee made a risqué joke about the late Steve Jobs

Comedy review: Jack Dee Live, The Anvil, Basingstoke

Jack Dee ambled almost reluctantly on to the Anvil stage tonight to open his gig, signifying that he was in a characteristically grumpy mood. However, the 51-year-old quickly dispelled the idea that he was reticent to entertain, confiding in us that going out on the road is good for the soul - it keeps family life tolerable.

Book of a lifetime: Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, By Louis Armstrong

My parents loved the blues and early jazz, and I grew up to the sounds of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly and Fats Waller.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?