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Rhiannon Harries: If we throw away our things, we lose a small part of ourselves

Forget flagellating oneself with birch twigs, maintaining yogic contortions for hours in the midday heat or even going without sex – asceticism 21st century-style is more of a trendy lifestyle choice than any hardcore spiritual endeavour.

Dress code: Amanda Byram, TV presenter

What are you wearing right now?

My grey bootcut True Religion jeans, named for a reason... a James Perse white shirt, a grey Elizabeth and James cardigan, black office gladiator sandals and my Baby-G diving watch.

Jewel raiders grabbed £1m haul in under a minute

Six robbers took less than a minute to nab gems and jewels worth more than £1m from a store, it emerged today.

Man in court over £40m jewel heist

A man appeared in court today accused of taking part in Britain's biggest jewellery robbery.

£40m jewel robbers 'used latex disguises'

Two robbers who pulled off Britain's biggest ever jewellery heist may have concealed their identities with film-style rubber masks, it was reported today.

£40m jewels stolen in London

A raid on a Mayfair jeweller is believed to be the biggest gems heist in British history, it emerged today.

40 years of divine diamanté decadence

Costume jewellers Butler & Wilson prove that you don't have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars. John Walsh celebrates.

Berlusconi's daughter lashes out over morals

The daughter of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said she was amazed by the attention her father lavished on a teenage model, in a rare criticism of the scandal-hit leader by one of his children.

Devout nurse quits job over crucifix ban

A Christian hospital worker who was ordered to remove a crucifix "which could harbour infection" has left her job in protest.

Lone 'fedora man' pulls off massive jewellery heist

A man in a chic fedora hat walked into a celebrity jewellers a few metres from the French justice ministry produced a gun and walked away with necklaces and watches worth €6.6m.

Ready to Wear: When the going gets tough, the tough tout gold

Fashion is nothing if not a wilfully contrary beast, so it should come as no great surprise that gold is the colour of the spring/summer season. Yes, when the going get tough, the tough tout gold and, recession or no recession, verily it is a gorgeous thing to behold.

Here come the girls: The women set to take over Fashion East

London Fashion Week’s ultra-hip kid sister, Fashion East, has already given us Richard Nicholl, Henry Holland and Jonathan Saunders. This year, it’s the ladies’ turn to shine

Britain's oldest pawnbrokers cash in on the credit crunch

As the woeful economy eats into the sales figures and incomes of retailers, forcing many household brands into the hands of receivers, one profession remains aloof from the credit crunch.

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