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French Sole is celebrating 25 years with its first non-London store – it’s time to slip in to spring, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Fast forward: St Johns Spirit heads for victory in the Paddy Power Chase

St Johns Spirit keeps up Jonjo O'Neill's charge at top of trainers' table

There are landmark victories and landmark victories, and although winner No 91 for the season may not have had the resonance of, say, 4,000 in a career, for Jonjo O'Neill it was a matter of some satisfaction. The success of Johns Spirit in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham took the trainer one step past last year's total, which was his worst for 12 years, and one step nearer an entirely likely best-ever tally come the end of April.

Mystical: Sir John Tavener, who died last week, at the age of 69, photographed in 2004

John Tavener concert at Southwark Cathedral becomes his memorial service

After the moving encore came the tears

Is HSBC’s fee cuts part of a war or a prelude to charges?

The Feral Beast: Nick Serota's loofah, the luck of Lloyd Webber, Fergie's mistakes, plus Nick Robinson and sex

The groovy revamped Tate Britain opens on Tuesday, and there's an all-day party to celebrate on Saturday, with Hot Chip on the decks. What a different scene would have greeted you only a couple of years ago. One of the biggest changes is the opening of The Grand Saloon, a first-floor room overlooking the Thames. For years it has been divided into offices, one of which was the director Sir Nicholas Serota's private bathroom, complete with tub and loofah. Sadly, I gather the bath has now been thrown out with the bathwater. "I can confirm that Nick has had a bath in there," says a spokesman when I call, "but he moved offices some time ago, and it hadn't been used for a while." Sir Nicholas is chairman of the Turner Prize jury. Surely "Tate director bathing" is an installation we'd all pay to see?

The names of theatres have emotional and sentimental resonance. Let's value their history

Arts venues must resist unsuitable names in the interests of sponsorship

That's the spirit: Joe Thomas, Greg McHugh and Jack Whitehall in 'Fresh Meat'

Laughter Lines: Fresh Meat gets first class honours for student comedy

The Channel 4 show is one of the finest comedies to emerge this decade

Actor Paul Bhattacharjee

Paul Bhattacharjee suicide: Bankruptcy was the final straw for actor, inquest hears

He had a darkness inside him that was irreparable, his partner said

'1984' performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Theatre review: 1984, West Yorkshire Playhouse

It seems a suitably Orwellian reward to the extraordinary success story that is Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of 1984.  On the day that tickets for its keenly-awaited opening at the Almeida in London went on sale, the company was told - without warning - it faced losing all of its funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Nicky Blair, football agent

Page 3 Profile: Nicky Blair, football agent

Aah…presumably a youngster on the fast-track to political stardom.

Andy McSmith's Diary: You don’t need to rise too early to catch Justine Greening out on geography

When hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless and desperate by one of the most ferocious storms on record, it is an occasion for the Secretary of State for International Development to move into action.

The theatre is going back to its roots with plans for a radical multi-million pound facelift

Bristol Old Vic has facelift to make it look 250 years’ older

Historic theatre will unveil front wall dating from 1766 to rebuild ties with city

Mark Rylance, right, as Olivia and Stephen Fry, left, as Malvolio in ‘Twelfth Night’

As they like it: Shakespeare conquers New York

There’s currently more Shakespeare being performed on Broadway than in London, with transfers from Shakespeare's Globe, Ethan Hawke and Orlando Bloom all playing

Leave your mark: This winter's boots are anything but middle of the road

From top: 1. Black studded boots £995, Valentino Garavani, 020 7235 5855

Chris Brown with his lawyer Mark Geragow during Brown's last court appearance in Los Angeles, California

Male or female, sexual exploitation is never a romp – as Chris Brown's victimisation as a child proves

A male teacher has “seedy, sordid sex” with a girl, while A female teacher has “sex romps” with a boy

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth I in Peter Morgan's play 'The Audience'

Helen Mirren and Billie Piper go head to head at Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Othello's Rory Kinnear is nominated in two categories for best actor and most promising playwright for 'The Herd'

A scene from The Magic Flute

Opera review: The Magic Flute

Simon McBurney successfully conveys this work's evanescent mystery

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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor