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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

David Cameron must do more to encourage marriage, warns Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Britain’s Chief Rabbi has intervened in the controversy surrounding the Government’s treatment of mothers who give up work to bring up young children.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld: Provocative dressing, baby blogs - and why this model will never change her mind

I was shot by Mario Testino when I was 10 As a kid I was always posing for photos; even on holiday my mum [Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris] would take as many photo-posing moments as she could. We were trained in posing – and I hated it. But maybe that's why I can have fun when posing as a model now; I don't over-analyse or try too hard.

Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone

‘Dirty and unsafe’: Whipps Cross hospital told it must make urgent changes

Inspectors reported cases of women having to wait up to four hours to be seen at a labour ward

Children of obese mothers 'more likely to die young'

Children born to obese mothers are 35 per cent more likely to die before they reach 55, a study has found.

Dutch Prince Friso with his wife Princess Mabel

Dutch Prince Johan Friso dies after 18 months in a coma following avalanche skiing accident in Austria

He was moved from hospital in London back to the Netherlands last month, but had since suffered complications

Police hunt 'lady flasher' accused of exposing herself to young children in car park

Alleged the woman unzipped her black three-quarter length jacket revealing her naked body to the mother and her four children, aged 13, 12, 10, and four

Book review: Bolívar: American Liberator, By Marie Arana

An admirable biography that strips away myth to reveal a Venezuelan rebel with a cause

Motherhood shouldn’t mean a career dead-end

The highest earning women face no discrimination - but behave like men at work

Let mothers breastfeed - wherever they choose

A fall in breastfeeding harms the nation's health, and increases NHS spending

Edinburgh 2013: Hag - A dark fairy tale from The Wrong Crowd

The Slavic myth of forest-dwelling witch Baba Yaga is reimagined in this dark fairy tale from theatre company The Wrong Crowd. Like a Roald Dahl book, it relishes disgusting things but has a sound moral tale at its heart.

George Osborne with Titas, during a visit to a nursery in Hammersmith

George Osborne accused of 'patronising and stigmatising' stay-at-home mothers as campaigners react to childcare tax breaks row

The measure, which was announced in the Budget in March, will offer support from 2015 to families where both parents work

There are more working mums than ever, but the gender pay gap is still here

Mums are now not only bringing home the bacon (on a budget), but are cooking it, serving it and washing up the plates afterwards

Carers will qualify for childcare vouchers

Plans to help working parents with nursery bills are to be  extended to cover carers and  people taking maternity or paternity leave.

Editorial: The Germany scheme of Familienpflegezeit (family caring time) is something from which we could learn much

Women's earnings play a huge role in the survival of the nation's families

Paperback review: Part of the Spell, By Rachel Heath

Rachel Heath begins in similar territory to Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions for a Heatwave, with an elderly parent who goes missing one day for no apparent reason, but she lacks O'Farrell's edge and psychological complexity.

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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Atwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
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Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'