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Feet up: Taking the air on a Brighton pier in 1937

Radio review: 4 Extra At The Seaside - Pack my banjo, mother, we’re off to the beach

When working-class Londoners boarded the coach to begin their summer holiday they would have a whip-round, and as they pulled away they would throw coins through the windows to the poorer kids left behind.

Martin McCutcheon has declared herself bankrupt

Martine McCutcheon to stand in for Emma Bunton on Heart FM

Former EastEnders star Martine McCutcheon will stand in for Emma Bunton on her radio show while the ex-Spice Girl is on holiday.

Lions Tour 2013: Wallaby coach Robbie Deans forgives 4am stop-outs Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor

'They now understand that it was too late for them to be getting to bed' but they're in Saturday's line-up

Tommy Robredo celebrates his unlikely victory

Tommy hits high notes with another comeback

Robredo pulls off third successive recovery from two-sets down to reach the quarter-finals

Petronella, paedophilia, and the wrong lesson to draw from Olivier’s pass

Plus, why all engaged couples should be forced to watch the Huhne/Pryce trial

Neil Black: The mentor who knew how to find winning line

Jim Alder was the man who got Neil Black into athletics and who guided him, as his coach, to victories over Steve Cram and Sebastian Coe. The 72-year-old has long been an inspirational figure in the North-east, the trailblazer who paved the way for Brendan Foster, Mike McLeod, Charlie Spedding and Cram – all Olympic medal winners.

The Saturday Quiz

1. Ford Madox Ford; Bradford City FC; Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. What’s the connection?

Arise, Sir Kenneth: Branagh has been honoured for services to acting

He's played many a king – now Branagh is a knight

Kenneth Branagh is to follow in the footsteps of some of Britain's finest actors after he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List prompting him to say: "My heart's fit to burst."

The Independent’s Charlie Cooper, right, learns Original Pronunciation Shakespeare with actor Ben Crystal

'Tuh beh oar nat tuh beh?' That was the question

This radically different pronunciation is, according to a new scholarly recording of Shakespeare's works, much closer to the way the line would have been spoken

Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker elope from their nursing home in 'Cloudburst'

Heads Up: BFI Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Louder, prouder, steamier, dreamier, older and wiser

Easton: he referred to himself as 'the Henry Higgins of Hollywood'

Robert Easton: Actor who was also dialogue coach to a host of stars

Although he clocked up dozens of screen appearances over more than half a century, the American actor Robert Easton's greatest claim to fame was as dialect coach to some of film's biggest stars. He called himself the Henry Higgins of Hollywood, after the professor of phonetics in My Fair Lady. Perhaps most successful was his contribution to Forest Whitaker's performance as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006); Whitaker's East African accent and use of Swahili combined with his large physical presence and chilling portrayal of Amin's menacing stare and unnerving mood changes to win him a Best Actor Oscar.

Patrick Makau, who broke Haile Gebrselassie's world marathon record in Berlin last September

World record holder Makau leads Kenyan Marathon men

Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Great Rift Valley, with hawks circling above, Dave Bedford, the joint race director of the Virgin London Marathon, yesterday unveiled the six Kenyans who will feature in the elite men's field on 23 April.

Michelle Williams in 'My week with Marilyn' and Gary Oldman in 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

Tinker, tailor, soldier, prize? Why it's Smiley vs Monroe at the Baftas

Spy drama set to battle it out with Marilyn biopic as long-list of nominees is revealed

Larry, dear Larry! In Olivier's footsteps

A bursary set up in the great actor's name leads the way in helping young talent
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam