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Simon Kelner: Local papers are the lifeblood of communities

My first job in journalism was as a trainee reporter in Neath in South Wales. Every Wednesday, when the paper was published, I couldn't walk down the main street without being stopped every few paces by someone eager to discuss – or, more likely, to take issue with – something in that day's paper.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are competing for one of cinema's most prestigious prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival

Cinemas battle to put bums on seats

As unemployment and ticket prices both rise, will young adults continue to be able to afford trips to the movies? Geoffrey Macnab reports

Album: Jack White, Blunderbuss (XL / Third Man)

Usually, when a team player strikes out on a solo project, it's a fair bet that the project, volitionally or not, will reveal more of the player's inner workings, allow a glimpse of their soul or spirit.

A world record attempt with a sting in the tail

Remember Room 101 in George Orwell's 1984? The place where you were confronted with your worst nightmares? Well if you don't like stinging insects, this is Room 101 for you: Chinese beekeeper She Ping covered with an estimated 331,000 honeybees, in an attempt to break the world record for such a practice.

Lauryn Hill, Indigo2, London

"It's been a long time coming," says Ms. Lauryn 
Hill, as she appears on the IndigO2 stage to the sold-out crowd.

Davina McCall, and other presenters like Ant and Dec have a powerful influence

The electrifying power of game show hosts

Unwitting participants in a scientific study were egged on to inflict pain on contestants in a fake TV show

Limited edition Mamechiyo clarifying cleansing oil, £56.50, shuuemura.co.uk

How To Be Beautiful: Scrub up nicely

Taking off one's make-up inspires varying emotions. On the one hand, there's relief in that it usually signals impending sleep. On the other, a wearying sense of the Sisyphean cycle of painting on and scrubbing off.

Dress, £4,760, by Erdem, from net-a-porter.com; headdress and floral wrist cuff, both made to order, by Rebel Rebel, 5 Broadway Market, London E8, 020-7254 4487, rebelrebel.co.uk; lace bra (worn throughout), £16, by american apparel, store.american-apparel.co.uk

True romance: Perfect spring party dresses

Vintage-style lace will seduce every time...

Hot lips: The best red lipsticks

1. Lipstick in Pleasure Me Red

Bridging the Gulf: 'Beloved Friend' performed at the at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Royal Opera House makes its debut in Abu Dhabi

First, it was Harrods and then Manchester City football club – now the Gulf is buying culture. Last week, the Royal Opera House (ROH) made its debut in the Gulf, in the culturally thirsty region of the UAE. I decided to pack my bags and head off to the Arab premiere of Beloved Friend at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.

We Love: Made for walking - According to current theory, there is no such thing as too many pairs of shoes. So joyous news, then, that new brand Purified has emerged from the creative depths of east London to fill in any high-end footwear gaps. £325, purifiedfootwear.com

The Fashion Audit: Purified, Peter Piper, Givenchy and Topman's General Store

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Nars eyeshadow duo in R-Rated, £23.50, asos.com

How to be Beautiful: Neon brights

Catwalk fashion has provided us with plenty of fodder for "Can I really wear that?" moments on the high street this season. Exhibit A: the crop top. Likewise, beauty halls are awash with eye-popping shades of electric blue and effulgent yellow that are a tricky proposition for anyone old enough to vote.

Rebecca Tyrrel: Neo-Luddite Elton admitted that he didn’t know the web address of his own charity

Who knew that Elton John is a staunch enemy of modern technology? This news first emerged on The Larry King Show a few years back, when the Queen Mother of rock sheepishly admitted that he had no idea of the website address of his own charity, and only last year he revealed: "I don't have a phone, I don't have a computer, I don't have an iPad and I don't have an iPod".

Puma clinch narrow victory over Telefonica

It went down to the wire. Kenny Read’s American-flagged Puma had been in hand-to-hand combat with French rival Franck Cammas until Groupama’s mast fell down on the home straight of the fifth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil.

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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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