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Marianne Lumb: Understanding the key to success is managing scale. Lumb’s first restaurant, in west London, will have just 14 seats.

Reality bites (in a good way for MasterChef champions and runners-up)

Unlike some TV shows, MasterChef can lead to lasting success

We own the royal baby - perhaps that's why he/she doesn't want to come out yet

It is a curious phenomenon, that those who purport to love the Royals wilfully inflict so much misery upon them

Daley Ojuederie and Hazel O'Sullivan in the Big Brother house

Big Brother 2013: Daley Ojuederie evicted from house after 'threatening and aggressive' behaviour towards Hazel O'Sullivan

Big Brother contestant Daley Ojuederie has been removed from the Big Brother house over aggressive behaviour towards fellow housemate Hazel O'Sullivan.

A new TV show celebrates the best of British

It's not a Ukip advert! Stars back BBC's patriotic show 'I Love My Country'

Frank Skinner: 'It’s like those Japanese fish. You take all the nasty bits out and it’s not poisonous'

Tyson Fury stands on a chair to make a point during his press conference with David Haye

Boxing: David Haye is a 'little man who stinks the place out,' says Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury lit the blue touch paper ahead of his highly anticipated fight against David Haye by belittling the former WBA heavyweight champion's record and labelling him a "celebrity little fighting man" ahead of their contest in Manchester on 28 September.

Sarah Palin, pictured here in 2011

Page 3 Profile: Sarah Palin, hockey mom

Oh no, what now?

Katie Hopkins speaking on Channel 5's 'The Wright Stuff'

Katie Hopkins stirs up more outrage with comment that 'Gazza should crack on with drinking'

After her controversial comments made on This Morning last week, the former Apprentice contestant said she disagreed with treating addiction

The Voice coach Jessie J has taken against Will.i.am's song choices

Jessie J quits The Voice to promote new record

Jessie J has quit the BBC's talent show The Voice after just two series in order to promote a new record.

Elton John played on the Queens of the Stone Age's new record

Sir Elton John hits out at The Voice 'nonentities' and says he wouldn't want to be Justin Bieber

Sir Elton John has accused BBC1 talent show The Voice of producing "nonentities".

'I'm A Celebrity' MP Nadine Dorries to stop claiming parliamentary expenses

The Conservative representative for Mid Bedfordshire becomes the latest MP to launch a scathing attack on expenses watchdog Ipsa

Holly Willoughby presenting The Voice UK finale in a plunging dress on Saturday night. Her outfit drew 139 complaints from viewers

BBC apologises after 139 people complain about Holly Willoughby's 'unsuitable' low-cut dress on The Voice

The racy dress Holly Willoughby wore to present the final of BBC talent show The Voice on Saturday night has prompted 139 complaints from viewers.

David Carr has identified a new 'British invasion' of talent of which Birmingham-born comedian John Oliver, pictured, is only the latest and most high profile example

A refreshing lack of deference: why Brits challenging the establishment are muscling in on US media

Media commentator David Carr identifies 'British invasion' of talent

Kenye West is either being deliberately provocative, or unbelievably stupid

From North West to number one: Kanye West continues to fly high by topping the UK album charts with Yeezus

If Kanye West weren't on enough of a high already following the birth last week of his baby daughter North, then the only direction is up as his latest album is at number one.

Kanye West and a heavily pregnant Kim Kardashian at the Met Ball in May. They have reportedly called their baby daughter Kaidence Donda.

The only way is up: Kim Kardashian and Kanye name their baby daughter North West

Hollywood royalty give their child a name that has all of Manchester smiling

Will.i.am onstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley in London.

Will.i.am hits out at Universal over The Voice winner Leanne Mitchell's flop

The Voice coach Will.i.am has hit out at record label Universal over the failure of last year's winner to succeed in the charts.

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Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones