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

President of Catalonia and of the Pro-Independent Catalan Convergence and Unity party (CIU) Artur Mas, casts his ballot for regional elections held in Catalunyaon

Artur Mas: The safe pair of hands who became radical leader of a revolution

With a reputation for being a hardheaded, canny, political calculator, at first glance Artur Mas has always seemed an unlikely figure to lead Catalonia on what has - after yesterday's elections - become an increasingly uncertain path towards possible independence.

Album: Kylie,The Abbey Road Sessions (Parlophone)

Musical makeover adds elegance to Kylie's pop kitsch

Come on up, the view's lovely: First look from the Shard's public gallery

Visitors taking tours of the Shard will be able to enjoy views of up to 40 miles across London when it opens in February.

Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins coming next month

Price and date confirmed for Capcom's brawler compilation.

Punch and Judy makes comeback

Punch and Judy is making a comeback - but without the violence or dropped baby.

Kitsch casa: The Medusa mosaic and gilded pool of the ornate mansion

Live like Versace, for just £80m

Home has gold-plated pool – and a murky history

Pillow talk: Alain de Botton wants a new type of online porn

Elevated online lust pushes the wrong buttons

A 'curated' pornography website with principles? Alain de Botton's naked idea sounds like a turn-off, says Arifa Akbar

Better Porn: Alain de Botton's naked ambition pushes the wrong buttons

A pornography website with principles? Sounds like a turn-off

Visitors will return year after year to <b>Tenby</b> in Wales thanks to its miles of sandy beaches and charming heritage: it is a historic walled town built in the 13th century. Divided into the North and South beach areas, there is something for everyone in Tenby, but the wide expanse of golden sands will always prove to be its biggest draw

Oop oop 'n' away as North rises to the challenge of modern tourism

No longer depressed and deprived, Manchester and Liverpool can give London a run for its euro, dollar and yen. By Jonathan Brown

The Lowry: The arts complex was built 12 years ago and has led the regeneration of the Salford Quays. It is now the most popular attraction in Greater Manchester

Lancashire hotspots: Northern cities experience tourism boom

More than 40 per cent of visitors to the UK now include an overnight stay outside London

'Season One' will feature mobile phones and Twitter

The Fantastic (and now up-to-date) Four

In a bid to keep up with the times, Marvel Comics is updating the origins of the Fantastic Four.

DVD: Red Riding Hood (12)

Following her success with the first instalment of The Twilight Saga, the director Catherine Hardwicke has given the old fairy tale a modern makeover, casting the doe-eyed Amanda Seyfried (last seen singing her socks off in Mamma Mia!) as the hooded Valerie, and roping in Julie Christie for support as her grandmother.

Ben Sherman poaches Burberry director as part of makeover

Ben Sherman, one of Britain's oldest menswear brands, has poached Burberry merchandising chief Adrian Ward-Rees as part of a makeover for the 48-year-old business.

Barriers come down in post office makeover

Thousands of "bandit barriers" in post offices are to be ripped down in an overhaul of the network to make it more friendly to customers.

Super refit: Superman gets another makeover

Whether he's fighting Hitler or giving up his US citizenship, Superman is an ever-evolving character. Phil Boucher finds out about the Man of Steel's latest redux
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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before