Portfolio: Alma Haser's unsettling 'Cosmic Surgery' series

It was dyslexia that led Alma Haser to name her series of photographs "Cosmic Surgery". When the 24-year-old was trying to explain to her family that the subjects in her pictures might look like they'd had cosmetic surgery, she kept pronouncing it "cosmic surgery". "I tend to talk very quickly because of my dyslexia and sometimes get things wrong," she says. "They corrected me but we all liked the name. And it made sense, because the people look like they're from some new, future generation."

FIFA 14: Football games have come a long way since World Cup Carnival

Gamers queued up overnight for the new FIFA 14 game but football games have not always proved so popular, as one retro title proved

Fed fears caused £1.2bn Aberdeen pullout

Customers pulled out £1.2bn in funds from Aberdeen Asset Management ahead of the Fed’s announcement on its future monetary policy, it has emerged.  

Nigel Farage admitted he was 'pretty hacked off' after the actions of outspoken MEP Godfrey Bloom

Ukip 'on course' to be force in 2015, says Nigel Farage

Godfrey Bloom lost the party whip after calling women at a conference fringe event "sluts" and hitting a TV journalist

George Osborne on course to massively undershoot £120 billion

George Osborne on course to undershoot £120 billion borrowing target by more than £10 billion

Chancellor George Osborne is on course to undershoot his £120 billion borrowing target by more than £10 billion this year as public finance figures showed Government departments getting a grip on spending last month.

Bullish of England Bank sends pound skywards after growth upgrade

Bank of England rate-setters sent the pound surging today as they struck a bullish note on the recovery and hiked growth forecasts.

If there is recommended reading to go with your MA modules, don’t hesitate to get stuck into it as quickly as you can

Masters: How to survive

You might have sailed through your undergrad degree, but don't expect your Masters to be as simple. Harriet Williamson offers some post-MA tips

Yahoo's reveals new logo, bevels and all

Slimmer typeface offers a re-design, but nothing drastic

Bank sits tight as UK recovers

More evidence of growing economic momentum is set to stay the Bank of England's hand on help for the recovery this week.

Paperback review: Kimberly's Capital Punishment, By Richard Milward

Art-school exuberance that scoffs at taste

In the studio: Christine Borland, artist

'This place is on the road to nowhere, between two nuclear power stations'

Mark Carney warns against 'choking off' recovery with interest rate rise

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney today warned against “choking off” the UK’s recovery by raising interest rates too quickly.

Built to last: the new Christchurch Cathedral by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

Divine inspiration: The cardboard cathedral in Christchurch

When the gothic spire of Christchurch Cathedral toppled during the earthquake of 2011,  the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was one of the first to submit a plan for its replacement. Inventive and eco-friendly, Ban said that if chosen he wanted his building to do one thing above all else: “Stay in the minds of people forever.”

A message on the St James' theatre Facebook read:

'Some people are gay, get over it!' Actor has the last word in battle with homophobic heckler

When an audience-member responded with “disgust” to an unexpected gay kiss at a London theatre this week, one of the play’s actors decided to take a stand against homophobia.

The only thing that isn’t adorable about the Indego is the price

A week with: Bosch Indego lawnmower

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Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable