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Waterproofing your wardrobe with practical, yet luxurious, purchases is a wise investment, says Emma Akbareian

Style File: Haute on the half-pipe

The love affair of luxury labels with the Nineties skate scene shows no signs of abating,  as sneakers, sliders and sweatshirts are given an  über-luxe twist, says Rebecca Gonsalves

iOS 7: Release date, new features and how to download

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system includes a massive visual overhaul, but there's plenty of new features under the hood too

The Wombles

Page 3 Profile:The Wombles, furry litter pickers

Another 70’s revival?

We can't wait for… Posh pong

The Fashion Audit: Posh pong / Paul's pop-up / Designer dolls

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

Sarah Ridgeway (Truly Kidman), Ishia Bennison (Mrs Kidman) in A Mad World My Masters by Thomas Middleton.

Theatre review: A Mad World, My Masters, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC is set for an uproarious success akin to One Man, Two Guvnors

New TfL websites focused on "responsive design"

New user-interface goes into beta over next few weeks, full launch to come at end of summer

Murdoch's handwriting is said to be 'very clear and uncomplicated' and 'moving into the future'

Branding: Rupert Murdoch, he wrote (and News Corps new logo was born)

Media empire's new design is based on the handwriting of its executive chairman

James Ashton: Even little-known Jazan gets a $15bn makeover

Have you heard of Jazan? Nope, me neither – until this week.

Peng Liyuan singing to martial law troops in 1989 after the Tiananman Square massacre

Is this the new China? First lady Peng Liyuan sang for troops after Tiananmen Square massacre

With her sharp suits and well-coiffed hair, Peng Liyuan looks like the embodiment of a softer, kinder China – so when a photograph of China’s new first lady serenading martial-law troops after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre flickered across cyberspace this week, it was swiftly scrubbed from China’s internet.

Review - God of War: Ascension

It misses that vital spark of inventiveness

Tiger Woods putted brilliantly in the first round at Doral

Tiger Woods whips up another blizzard of birdies as Rory McIlroy starts to shine

Former world No 1 leads by two after impressing on the greens but faces McDowell challenge

Hapifork, a “smart” cutlery item that tracks how often you put fork to face and vibrates if you’re eating too quickly

The fork of the future: a gadget for greedy guzzlers

Can the answer to the obesity crisis be found in the cutlery drawer? The first intimation that it might came, of all places, from Sir Alan Sugar, who titled a chapter "The Tiny Fork Diet" in his 2011 book The Way I see It. It gathered pace thanks to a French book, published last year, called Dîne Avec Une Fourchette: the idea of both being that if you only eat food with a fork, and prepared with a fork, you forgo the fattening, slippery delights of yoghurt, ice cream, butter et al (see forkitdiet.com for a wider array of things that aren't allowed to tickle your tines).

Valérie Trierweiler with her partner, François Hollande

France's 'first girlfriend' says role is like jumping with no parachute

Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of French President François Hollande, today described her difficulties in adjusting to a new role as France's "first girlfriend", saying that it was like doing a parachute jump "without a parachute".

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