hei-fi Hot spot: Serpentine Gallery summer party

Extravagant events with celebrities as the stars of the show are out of place in a recession, says Arifa Akbar

Hot spot: Serpentine Gallery summer party

Why blingy bashes are no cause for celebration

Extravagant arts events are out of place in a recession

Adam Brody

Adam Brody - An actor who's one for the damsels

Adam Brody has come a long way since The OC – but his appeal with the ladies shows no sign of waning, says Kaleem Aftab

Between The Covers: Tulip Fever and big news at Simon & Schuster

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Susannah Frankel: 'The kaftan is more windbreaker than style-setter'

It is important, in fashion as in all other areas of life, to know your own strengths. With this in mind, and if I have to say so myself, I have it nailed where classics are concerned. I know precisely where to find the perfect sweater, T-shirt, pair of jeans, tailored jacket/trousers, little black dress and coat. I know, too, that the only bag I'm ever likely to carry is a large and relatively simple one and that I'm wedded, perhaps improbably, given my chosen career, to flat shoes. Even poolside, I understand only too well that a pared-down black bikini and/or one-piece suits me best; no itsy-bitsy polka dot malarkey for me.

DJ Taylor: Democracy thrives on reality checks; from Notting Hill to Liverpool

The Lib Dem conference proved that some politicians still represent more than themselves, while people power also informs a new actuality TV soap

Mischa Barton 'making improvements'

Mischa Barton is "making improvements" and plans a return to work nearly a week after Los Angeles police say they escorted her for an undisclosed medical problem.

Mischa Barton 'placed under psychiatric hold'

Actress Mischa Barton, former star of hit television series The OC, has been placed under involuntary psychiatric hold by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to reports.

Dress code: Mischa Barton, Actress

What are you wearing right now?

An Elie Saab gown, as a result of the closing gala for Paris Couture Week.

Defiance, Edward Zwick, 137 mins, 15<br>Bride Wars, Gary Winick, 90 mins, 12A

Daniel Craig plays a Jewish fighter taking on the Nazis in a nearly classic war film

White riot: The week Notting Hill exploded

Today, Notting Hill is one of the nation's most exclusive enclaves, home to the rich, famous and fashionable. But it hasn't always been an oasis of affluence. Fifty years ago this week, it was gripped by the worst racial violence ever seen in Britain. Mark Olden hears the inside story of the riots and their aftermath

Bride Wars (PG)

A chick flick of such unutterable vileness that by the end you may feel suicidal, or perhaps just homicidal.

Sex Drive (15)

This teen sex comedy begins so badly it nearly challenges Bride Wars for the Worst of the Week, but it becomes a mildly amusing, even sweet, study of friendship turning to love as experienced by Ian (Josh Zuckerman) and Felicia (Amanda Crew) on a trip to Knoxville.

Film: It was so good, I even forgot to get frightened

The Sixth Sense Director: M Night Shyamalan Starring: Bruce Willis, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette (107 mins; 15)

`Notting Hill' team searches for another record breaker

MEMBERS OF the team behind Notting Hill, which this week became the most successful British movie ever, are hoping to emulate its success with an assortment of new projects.

Right of Reply: Jules Stewart

A member of the Notting Hill Action Group responds to Ann Treneman's article on Saturday
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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

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