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The interiors designer turned hip-hop groupie turned cabaret star has released an album called 'Midnight Matinee'. Watch his music video for Total Control below:

Ian Burrell: Veteran scoop-getter is used to dishing the dirt

The veteran News of the World (NOTW) journalist James Weatherup, according to his entry on the business networking site LinkedIn, specialises in "Crisis Management". News International could do with such an expert.

Stay the night: The Lion and Pheasant, Shrewsbury

A fresh, contemporary restoration has given a new lease of life to a hotel that dates from Tudor times. Rhiannon Batten reports

New John Lewis store to create 160 jobs

John Lewis is to continue with its expansion programme by opening a new store in Newbury next year, creating 160 jobs, it was announced today.

Sarah Sands: We call it high society because they only fly first class

A new novel by Kay Burley, the Sky news presenter, promises to illuminate the corridors of power. The star of the book is "a sexy television reporter who will do anything (or anyone) to get to the top". No clues there, then. While it is the novel's sex scenes that entertained the press last week, an astute reviewer, Zoe Williams, noticed that the author and her fellow Westminster villagers were far more excited by business-class flights.

The Bargain Hunter: Mum's the word

If you're stuck for Mother's Day gift ideas you may be pleased to learn that New Look currently has 50 per cent off all womenswear in its excellent spring sale. Discounted items include everything from jewellery to cardigans, with a full catalogue of savings available at http://ind.pn/huznjN.

Footwear: Well-heeled

A new book celebrates some of the biggest names in modern shoe design. Put your best foot forward, say Rebecca Proctor and Sue Huey

Stay The Night: Ames, Boston

Morgans has brought its signature minimalist style to this east-coast city. The in-crowd are buzzing about it, says Kate Simon

The Secret History Of: Cafe Daum coat stand

If you can tell a design classic by how often it is copied, then the Cafe Daum coat stand surely has the credentials. From its illustrious beginnings in 19th-century Viennese café society, versions of it can now be found on Amazon for about 20 quid. And for £50 they'll throw in another, and a shoe rack too. The real thing will cost you nearer £200.

Selfridge's heiress gives £8m to arts

Arts organisations including the Donmar Warehouse are to benefit from a donation of £8.2m.

Boardwalk empire: Which timber is right for your home?

From cherry and oak to bamboo and walnut, Caroline Kamp has the answer

The Romantic Dogs, By Roberto Bolaño

Bolaño, the phantom mega-star of global fiction since his death in 2003, thought of himself as poet first and novelist second. Yet this bilingual edition of 44 poems from the 1980s (in Laura Healy's singing, scorching translations) will lead fans onto some familiar terrain.

Geoffrey Macnab: Icon who evoked a lost world of film glamour

Elizabeth Taylor was far more adventurous than her image as a Hollywood diva might suggest

The Insider: How to stop pets cramping your style

Our affectionate mongrel is the house's first pet: small, regularly washed and short-haired – how much mess could he make? Ha. LOADS. And besides the obvious culprits (teeth, bladder, moulting fur), pet paraphernalia – whatever the animal – can be hideously naff. And pricey. Though, if you know where to look...

Minor British Institutions: Net curtains

You will not be surprised to learn that the net curtain is a British, or, specifically, English device, as it allows examination of the outside world without permitting introspection.

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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China's wild panda numbers on the up

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Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
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Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

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Philippa Perry interview

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