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Many of us will have booked our holidays by now and bought the sun-cream too. But what to read under the palm tree or on the beach or the staycation sofa?

Video: Japan thanks Lady Gaga for tsunami support

Lady Gaga flies to Tokyo and is thanked by the Japanese government for her help and support following the tsunami.

Video: Lady Gaga praises Japanese fans

While in Japan to perform at MTV's Video Music Aid, Lady Gaga reveals how much she loves Japanese fans.

Self-styled Lady Gaga flounces off after unfashionable defeat

Flamboyant Mattek-Sands fails to live up to her own billing as the American exits with graceless complaint

Lady Gaga wants a fashion career

Lady Gaga wants to work in fashion when she is finished with music.

Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Clarence Clemons

Bruce Springsteen has paid tribute to saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died aged 69 over the weekend.

The Boss mourns his beloved saxophonist

Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player who helped propel Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band into global rock'n'roll dominance for three decades, died late on Saturday, a week after suffering a stroke. He was 69.

Video: Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory

Lady Gaga has released the video for her single Edge of Glory.

Album: Eminem Bad Meets Evil: Hell the Sequel (Shady/Interscope)

Arriving unheralded by even the merest hint of advance notification, Hell the Sequel represents the belated reunion of Eminem and Royce Da 5' 9", an 11-track EP that outlasts many an album.

Lady Gaga's meat dress to go on display

Lady Gaga's meat dress is to go on display for the first time.

Letter from the editor: Cleaning up our act

Revived and refreshed after a few days away, I arrive back to a storm of controversy. It seems the advertising watchdog has barked at us for making a TV advert which made i appear less interesting and fun than it actually is.

Joan Smith: Sam Cam up till midnight! Outrageous!

I secretly hope she was just limbering up on Friday night

Lady Gaga sets a record

Lady Gaga's latest album Born This Way stormed to the top of the charts this week, selling more copies than the rest of the top 10 combined.

Kate Moss wants more children

The 37-year-old supermodel - who has an eight-year-old daughter, Lila, with former boyfriend Jefferson Hack - is focused on her forthcoming wedding to Jamie Hince, and says she and the 40-year-old rocker will consider starting a family together once they have tied the knot in July.

Lady Gaga makes threesome confession

Lady Gaga once had a threesome.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor