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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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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot