Dom Joly: Judith Chalmers' powers work on my Canadian in-laws

I remember reading an article about major celebrities raking in the money by doing naff adverts in Japan which they thought nobody would ever see.

Dom Joly: This wasn't the rebranding of Britain I had in mind

When, last week, I wrote about Canadians and their view of Brits being not a little influenced by Mary Poppins, I urged us to beef up our PR. Little did I imagine that the country would take this so literally. Britain's image, as seen from over the Atlantic, has changed dramatically.

Sarah Sands: How the household broom restored our pride

When Norway wanted to show social healing of its deep wound, its citizens held up roses. Young Iranians tried and poignantly failed to bring freedom by showing hands painted green. America reaches instinctively for the Stars and Stripes in times of national trauma. And Britain? Oh, we have the broom.

Newcomer Nominations, Various venues, Edinburgh

Glorious gimps head race of the new faces

DVD: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (U)

Did we need a sequel to Emma Thompson's nanny caper? Mary Poppins didn't even get one and it was a spoonful of sugar more inventive than this.

Philip Hensher: These little Toniblers set a fine example

Notebook: Blair is such a hero to Kosovan families that they are naming their sons after him

Julie Andrews: She's climbed every mountain

Nearly half a century after the films that turned her into a screen legend, the star with the purest of voices has a new stage show. And if cruel fortune has stopped her singing quite like she used to, her place in people's hearts is assured.

Julie Andrews returns to the stage: 'A few of my favourite things ...'

To mark the singer's UK appearance this week, The IoS asked her fans to share their collections.

Amy Jenkins: Will powerful women please stop saying, 'I'm not a feminist, but...'

Gender Politics

Female Tory candidates standing for the first time in this election have made it pretty clear they don't want to be called "Cameron's Cuties".

A century of distinction: 100 women who changed the world

On the eve of the 100th of International Women's Day, the <i>IoS</i> brings you its guide to the 100 British women who, arguably, have done most to shape the world we live in today

Amy Jenkins: Martin Amis's failing is mine too

Unless you're a Mary Poppins, godparenting is a very tricky business

Susie Mesure: Parents &ndash; is your buggy necessary?

The answer to stroller danger? Leave it behind

Forget Hogwarts, vintage is the best children's read say Laureates

Laureates' list of best reads for kids omits Harry Potter in favour of classics

Behind the scenes: Bob Crowley's set designs have wowed audiences the world over

From the African jungle where Tarzan swings through the trees to the pea-souper skies of London where Mary Poppins floats on high, Bob Crowley's set designs have been the backdrop for some of the biggest theatrical hits to grace the West End and Broadway.

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Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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