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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?

Lady Gaga wants older lover

Lady Gaga likes older men.

Album: Lady Gaga, Born This Way (Polydor)

First things first: that cover is simply awful, its adolescent heavy-metal imagery – "ride me, wild one!" – effectively destroying in a single stroke Lady Gaga's methodically built reputation as a serious style icon with an intelligent grasp on her own visual presentation.

Lady Gaga never enjoyed sex

Lady Gaga only recently "actually enjoyed sex".

Business Diary: Singing the same tune at last

Anyone who thinks trade union leaders are too busy reading Marx to have a sense of humour should have been at the Unite meeting of British Airways cabin crew held following yesterday's agreement with the airline. Unite leader Len McCluskey told members he was exhausted following the lengthy dispute but still on his feet. Then he played Elton John's I'm Still Standing to emphasise the point. What did BA executives listen to on their return to the office, we wonder? You Can't Hurry Love? Come Fly With Me?

The albums you can judge by their covers

As Lady Gaga reveals tacky artwork for her new CD, Simon Hardeman cringes at 10 other violations of taste and sense

Lady Gaga's tearful confession

Lady Gaga has tearfully confessed on film that she thinks "people are trying to destroy her".

Lady Gaga 'doesn't need gimmicks'

Lady Gaga could still "make you cry" with her musical ability if all her gimmicks were stripped from her.

Brian May appears on Lady Gaga track

Queen guitarist Brian May features on Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' album.

Terence Blacker: Why God will smile on Lady Gaga

Praise the Lord, Lady Gaga is to release an Easter single. The exotic singer has taken her interest in religion a step further with a song called "Judas" which will be launched next week. According to Lauriann Gibson, her choreographer, the new song is essentially "a conversation about salvation, peace and the search for truth". God was "active in a big way" in the making of it.

Will she use paparazzi...? Lady Gaga to edit paper

By agreeing to take the hot seat at Metro International for a day, the pop star has joined a long (but not always distinguished) guest list

Lady Gaga's raunchy birthday gift

Lady Gaga was given a custom-made sex doll at her birthday party yesterday.

Lady Gaga to direct new video

Lady Gaga will direct the video for her next single 'Judas'.

Willow Smith has 'affinity' with Gaga

Willow Smith has a great "affinity" with Lady Gaga.

Joan Smith: Why Lady Gaga belongs in a museum

Did she looked a bit chilly? Stepping off a plane in Toronto on Friday, Lady Gaga wore sheer purple gloves, matching tights over black knickers and a leather top with open sides.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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