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Getting back in shape after pregnancy does not require costly gyms or fad diets

Oasis star denies rift with band

The Oasis singer Liam Gallagher ventured out to buy a pint of milk yesterday, and took time from his brief shopping expedition to deny that the band was on the verge of splitting up.

Oasis tour of US hit as singer pulls out

Liam Gallagher, lead singer of the chart-topping group Oasis and enfant terrible of the rock world, has pulled out of the band's three-week tour of America at the last minute.

Sex, babies, Ferraris, whatever turns you on

Anne, 32

leather trousers are not enough

"There are things known and things unknown," said Jim Morrison, "and in between are the Doors." "There are things above and things below," said Nicholas Barber, "and in between are the Floors."

Loch Lomond is an Oasis for a weekend

Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond is the place to be for Britpoppers this weekend, writes Beatrice Colin. Under the low-hanging clouds of the Scottish Highlands, thousands queued, drank and sang along yesterday as Oasis staged a concert on the scale of Sixties Beatlemania.

A time to be serious serious

Profile: A S Byatt: Jan Dalley on the writer whose ivory tower is suddenly the place to be whose books are suddenly bestsellers

Boy zone

The making of the modern girl: part 2

Actress stars in Rocha return


Lights, camera - insects!

Hugh Aldersey-Williams finds the film of an AS Byatt novella more formic than formulaic

FILM The critics: Yes, yes, yes, Mr President

"LIBERTY is moving," are the first words of Rob Reiner's The American President (15). Never mind that this "Liberty" is, in fact, just the secret service code-name for the President (Michael Douglas), who is embarking on his morning schedule. It is a line that rings resonantly in the Land of the Free right now, at a time when government has been standing still. The American President presents a bustling new world, where the chief executive moves as swiftly and purposefully as his secret service men. The movie flies on wings of fantasy as strong and sturdy as those of the proud American eagle, which features in the opening montage of presidential portraits and revered national icons.

Good things in soft packages

UNSTRUNG HEROES Diane Keaton (PG) THE BROTHERS McMULLEN Edward Burns (15) ANGELS AND INSECTS Philip Haas (18) TOY STORY John Lassiter (U) A CLOSE SHAVE Nick Park (U) GHOST IN THE SHELL Mamoru Oshii (15) DR JEKYLL AND MS HYDE David Price (12)

How to survive award ceremonies

Awards are a bit like strangulated hernias; sooner or later, everybody's bound to get one. Alas, a strangulated hernia is by far the more tasteful object to put on your sideboard. Still, awards can only be eschewed by those with a walk-in wardrobe full of them; the rest of us have to gnash our teeth and pray we can make it to the end of the dinner without blubbing too obviously.

So slick, so appealing

Iain Gale admires Gary Hume's gloss
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine