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Like many men, I am a lazy, good-for-nothing, selfish, forgetful, patronising, sex-obsessed bastard who drinks too much. Or so my wife points out. It's strange that I have ended up like this. I tried not to. I really did.

Ai Weiwei designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets Smithsonian showcase

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has drawn scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.

Building products firm Hanson set to announce job losses

Job losses are set to be announced by a leading building products firm after a fall in demand.

Review Round-up: J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

As of 8 a.m. this morning, the most anticipated book of the year was available to read and review without the threat of walloping legal action. Hundreds of fans will be sneaking chapters on their loo-breaks. But has The Casual Vacancy cast a spell on critics?

Album: Public Service Broadcasting, The War Room (Test Card)

The "Keep Calm and Carry On" meme, barely seen during wartime but rediscovered at the turn of the millennium, gained traction because it spoke to a mythologised idea of British fortitude and resilience.

Tour de France: Final stage victory key for Cavendish

For the main favourites, today's final stage on to the Champs Elysées is largely ceremonial. But for Mark Cavendish the long, slightly uphill sprint this afternoon is not just the chance of a fourth straight win on cycling's most famous boulevard – it also represents the World Champion's final dress-rehearsal for next Saturday's opening road-race of the Olympics.

Gunnar Sonsteby: Norway's most decorated war hero

Gunnar Sonsteby, code-named "Kjakan" ("The Chin"), was one of the most prominent members of the Norwegian resistance movement during the Nazi occupation and responsible for countless spectacular sabotage missions and acts of heroism.

Soldiers with the Pathfinder Platoon

Vote on Scottish independence delays Army cuts

Downing Street is delaying cutting the Army's strength by one-fifth because of unease over cuts to Scottish regiments, according to Whitehall officials.

Gothicka, By Victoria Nelson

In comics, novels and films, the modern cult of the 'New Gothic' reveals a keen hunger for non-religious rebirth.

Anders Behring Breivik pleaded not guilty to terror and murder charges, however, he was moved to tears when one of his own propaganda films was shown

Breivik: 'I admit the acts, but not to criminal guilt. I do not plead guilty, I was acting in self-defence'

There was only one dramatic moment when Anders Behring Breivik seemed to crack yesterday.

The Cove, By Ron Rash

They're growing hysteria ... down on the farm

German museum ordered to return Nazi-seized art to Jewish owner's American son

Not to return posters taken on Goebbels' orders 'would perpetuate Nazi injustice'

Kim Sengupta: Afghan killings are a boost for the insurgents – and for Karzai

The recent deaths in Afghanistan have been used for the expediencies of realpolitik

Republican race is as good as won, claims Romney

Mitt Romney's campaign team claimed yesterday that election wins in six out of 10 US states on "Super Tuesday" mean none of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination can beat him.

Mitt Romney meets supporters at his ‘Super Tuesday’ rally in Boston

Romney's gains set to bring pain for Republicans

He triumphed on Super Tuesday – just. But doubts are growing that the front-runner can make it all the way to the White House

Katherine Butler: We'll always need the Marie Colvins

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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