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

Among them will be 60 runners attempting to set an array of Guinness World Records – including Jerome Timbrell who hopes to complete the fastest marathon as a mascot while dressed as a fire extinguisher

2012 all over again: London Marathon's search for the Olympic spirit

As well as showing solidarity with Boston, the race will revive last year's feel good factor

Justin Poore show of temper leaves Wakefield at mercy of Sam Tomkins

Wakefield scored more points against Wigan than any side this season and are bound to wonder what they might have done yesterday if they had not played for 70 minutes with 12 men.

Great Works: Spider (2007) by Louise Bourgeois

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Questionable Time: Chuka Umunna can dance with Will Smith, but is he the real deal?

Plus, a grudging respect for Francis Maude and why watching Leanne Wood on Question Time is the most fun you can have with your clothes on

She believed the key to Rwanda’s reconstruction lay in involving women at the grassroots level

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She believed the key to Rwanda's reconstruction lay in involving women at the grassroots level

Model wears: trench coat £100; knitted polo £55; skinny jeans £60; woven leather document wallet £45

Topman gets suited and booted

A smart capsule collection from Topman proves that the high-street label can still add a touch of finesse to proceedings

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Iris isn't sure she really wants to inherit the old house. But it's been left to her by her grandmother, Bertha, so after the old lady's funeral, when her mother and aunts have gone back to their lives, Iris moves in. Temporarily, at least.

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Knitting: not just for grannies

Arts and crafts aren't just hobbies. Three London Fashion Week designers show that, with the right vision, they can be used to create genre-defying designs

Needles at the ready

Forget loo-roll covers and tea cosies, the latest woolly wonders have made knitting cool again, says Trish Lorenz

Rosemarie Trockel, A Cosmos, Serpentine Gallery, London

Last month German painter Georg Baselitz dismissed female artists on the grounds that they lacked the instinct for creative destruction. His compatriot Rosemarie Trockel was a case in point. He said condescendingly: “There is a lot of love in her art, a lot of sympathy.”

Italy delight and France despair at the final whistle in Rome

Faltering French fall victim to Roman conquerors again

Italy 23 France 18

Saracens and Cardiff contest a line-out on the artificial turf

Great Works: July Change, 1930, by David Jones

Kearley Bequest, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Match Report: Brighton's Will Hoskins exposes the poverty of Alan Pardew's Newcastle United

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Somersaults, Finborough Theatre, London

Scots Cambridge graduate, James, has it all – or what passes for "all" in our materialistic culture. Having made a packet from computer games, he's the self-made metropolitan man incarnate, with a swanky Hampstead flat, a beautiful trophy wife and an art collection so impersonal that even the couches are a copy of those in Tate Modern. But then he has a little premonitory accident.

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