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

Joy, By Jonathan Lee

Less funny business, please

Observations: Be a work of art. It's not a stitch-up

Would you like to get a job knitting in an art gallery and become a living work of art? Dubbed the Turner Prize of Russian Art, a new exhibition in London will showcase highlights of Russia's Innovatsia Prize.

Exhilaration: the Velodrome in the Olympic Park, London

Gold, By Chris Cleave

This story of cycling prowess and Olympic rivalry pushes friendship and love to its limits.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009, By Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen arrives in the present, and surveys our contemporary culture with dismay

DVD: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Warner)

Guy Ritchie’s second Sherlock Holmes film improves on his first in every respect.

Amol Rajan: A democratic forum that actually gets things done

The most thrilling carnival of democracy in Britain takes place in the capital tomorrow night. London Citizens, the largest alliance of community groups in the country, are hosting their mayoral hustings in Methodist Central Hall. Anyone anywhere who thinks our democracy or civic activism are having a bad time of it should read reports of the evening, or better still, watch the video and then re-evaluate.

Trials Evolution – Review

Trials HD is rightly considered an XBLA classic. Its mix of physics-enabled motocross platforming and second-shaving, leaderboard-climbing gameplay creating an addictive, if sometimes frustrating, experience. Trials Evolution, its inevitable sequel, ups the ante in almost every conceivable way: the explosions are more ridiculous, the tracks more fiendish, the veneer of slack-jawed extreme sports jargon more hilarious.

Melisande! What Are Dreams? By Hillel Halkin

Hillel Halkin's touching novel about love and friendship opens in New York in the 1950s and ends on a remote Greek island in the 1980s.

Brian May

Here come the curls

Queen's Brian May talks to film composer David Arnold about music and movies

Lord Sugar with last year's Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau

You don't fool me, Lord Sugar. You're just a big teddy bear

As 'The Apprentice' returns to BBC1 for its eighth series this week, Sarah Morrison discovers that the multimillionaire host has a softer side

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The 50 Best affordable fashion

Stylists Lee Holmes and Eliisa Makin go in search of bargains

Pensioner celebrates 21st birthday

An 84-year-old woman will turn back time tomorrow as she celebrates her 21st birthday.

DVD: Captain America – The First Avenger, For retail & rental (Paramount)

The nice thing about Captain America is that, unlike most superhero movies, it's set during the Second World War, and it's true to the two-fisted, square-jawed spirit of a 1940s Saturday matinee serial.

Can a parenting course bring peace to your home?

Vicious rivalry between her young sons was starting to get Heidi Scrimgeour down. So she signed up for a course that draws on ideas fromneuroscience, epigenetics and psychology...

Build a better future for your business and for you

The UK economy seems to be in a period of very slow growth or possibly even stagnation. At the same time, the Government is repeatedly reminding us that smaller businesses will be the engines of growth and job creation in the recovery.

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