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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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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
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The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
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Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'