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Millinery: If you want to get ahead, get a blue hat

The blue bandana-style headwear worn by Prime Minister David Cameron while visiting Amritsar in India might have been a combination of respect for the Golden Temple and a politician’s eye for a photo opportunity. But it seems he inadvertently latched on to a trend for blue hats.

There's a storm brewing Down Under as even New Zealand eclipse their

It may be painful for Australia to be languishing in the Olympic medal table, but it is torture to be overtaken by its pipsqueak neighbour New Zealand. Fortunately, the Australian media has found ways to soften the blow. Cheekily announcing the birth of a new nation, the Daily Telegraph, a Sydney tabloid, showed "Aus Zealand" at ninth place in the league table yesterday.

The Insider: How to personalise your kitchen

The fitted kitchen was a great invention for chore-trapped 1950s housewives. But now? The lock, stock and barrel concept can feel a bit Stepford. So how can you personalise your cooking space?

No surprises as Master and Commander sail in

Defending a crown generally brings more pressure than challenging for one, so both relief and pleasure washed round Haydock's winner's circle yesterday after the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Imperial Commander, opened his season with an authoritative success in the Betfair Chase. The nine-year-old, ridden by Paddy Brennan, took control of the three-mile contest after the first circuit and, though tiring on the testing ground in the closing stages, held Tidal Bay's late flourish by a length and a quarter.

My secret life: James Ellroy, author, 62

My parents were ... good-looking LA arrivistes. They were ill-suited for parenthood, so I'm not surprised that I turned out to be both as troubled and gifted as I am.

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