Voices

I spent the first half of this summer only too pleased at the clouds, downpours and lingering chill in the air. I wanted the skies to reflect my mood, and if I wasn't feeling sunny or blithe, I was damned if anyone else should be.

Tom Sutcliffe: Please stop asking if my meal is OK

A scene from modern life: I'm in a burger bar, one of those chains that charge the gastronomically snobbish a modest premium so they can pretend that they're not actually eating in a fast-food restaurant.

Tweed all about it

It’s big on the grouse moor and hot on the catwalk, yet Scotland’s favourite fabric is having a rough time. John Walsh on an industry that’s falling apart at the seams

My Secret Life: David Gray, musician, 41

My parents ... moved from Manchester to Solva, a fishing village in Pembrokeshire, where they started a company called Cottage Clothes. It was the 1970s, so everything was a quilted Liberty fabric.

The iconic artwork of Mills and Boon

Romantic fiction market-leader Mills & Boon has recently re-designed its book covers to produce a new look which is a little more modern and - dare we say it - sexy.

Album: Maxïmo Park, Quicken the Heart, (Warp Records)

Paul Smith's erudite vocab (you don't get words such as "circumnavigation" with the Kooks) is a minor joy itself, but his way with a subtly perceptive couplet ("She's dressed up/It's her duty to the town") is far more precious.

Can you spot a future Labour leader?

The Government may be in its final throes, but eight young men offer the party hope

Designers create places to curl up with a book

Furniture exhibition aims to show connection with world of literature

London Fashion Week: Paul Smith

There were military details and khaki shades of austerity at Paul Smith's packed show in Claridge's ballroom this evening, but they were offset by graphic floral prints and bright pinks and yellows.

Still mad about Fashion Week

Amidst the ephemera of London’s annual style showcase stands a designer whose career has endured. Paul Smith tells Carola Long why 62 is no age to be thinking of retirement

Commons caps Derby's fightback

Nottingham Forest 2 Derby County 3

Your fashion finds for 2009

For the fearless shopper, 2009 brings a fresh crop of must-visit boutiques, new online stores and cheerful accessories. Harriet Walker picks spring's freshest bunch

Model home: Sarah Doukas reveals her stylish London home

Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm, has an eye for beauty (she famously discovered Kate Moss). But is the house where she started her empire as 'fashion-forward' as you'd expect?

Maximo Park, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh Festival

"That's the Edinburgh Fringe for you," said Maximo Park singer Paul Smith at this Edge festival show, while the feedback wail that had dogged "Our Velocity" was sorted out. "We're now doing experimental musical theatre, like a drama school company." To which a woman in the audience helpfully piped up: "Take your top off!" It's not like the Fringe at all, then.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

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