Arts and Entertainment

The rock star turned interior designer Lenny Kravitz, who has designed chairs for Philippe Starck and creates rock-star interiors for private homes with his creative team, wants to expand his company Kravitz Design, into a Ralph Lauren-size empire, according to the New York Post.

Face to watch: Alison Brie steals the show from Emily Blunt and Jason Segel in Judd Apatow's The Five-Year Engagement

Agenda: Miu Miu; Alison Brie; 'The Master'; Propstore; The National/'Game of Thrones'

Fashion: Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Lord Coe: 'The Olympics has been a fantastic catalyst in a very difficult economic
environment'

Everything still going to plan for all the fun and Games

Six months remain before London hosts the 30th Olympiad. By Tom Peck

Lord Coe: 'The Olympics has been a fantastic catalyst in a very difficult economic
environment'

Games on: The Olympic countdown starts here

With just six months left until the opening ceremony, London 2012 has suddenly started to seem alarmingly close.

My Secret Life: Carl Barât, musician, 32

My parents were... two very different peas in a pod, I'm not sure quite how they ever ended up with each other. I love them dearly.

Taylor Momsen 'dating Paul Weller's son'

Taylor Momsen is reportedly dating Paul Weller's son.

Horrors that aren't all fright on the night

As arthouse film-makers announce vampire movies, Geoffrey Macnab wonders if respect for the undead will kill the fun of the fear

Jude Law seeks comfort in Sadie Frost

Jude Law is being comforted by his ex-wife Sadie Frost in the wake of his split from Sienna Miller.

Kate Moss gets engaged to Jamie Hince

Kate Moss has reportedly got engaged to her rocker boyfriend Jamie Hince.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (19/12/10)

Never afraid to walk into a blizzard

Shetlands make list of world's best tourism regions

A group of British islands noted for wildlife and remoteness have been included in a list of the 10 best regions in the world for tourism by travel guide Lonely Planet.

Fringe Notes, 11/08/10

*Frances Ruffelle is calling on old showbiz pals to jazz up her show. Tonight's features Sadie Frost, duetting on "My Best Friend". "I'm doing a film at the moment where I'm singing," says Frost. "I'm having lessons, but I know my limit."

Today's vampire &ndash; a needy, neurotic wimp

It used to be the case that bloodthirsty vampires and fanged creatures of the night were the stuff of nightmares and terrifying children's fairytales.

Pandora: Clip sent to room 101

Feeling sensitive? The BBC is – or so it seems.

Pandora: The Diane Abbott habit

The last time Pandora heard from Jonathan Aitken he was in darkest Kazakhstan, inspecting prisons. This time it's Russia, where he is up to "all kind of things". So he can't talk at length, you understand. But he has this much to offer: his backing for Diane Abbott as leader of the Labour Party.

Yvonne Roberts: Meals for the elderly are not just about nutrition

My dad, aged 88, has Alzheimer's Disease (AD). He can no longer speak except with his eyes – and they still occasionally show the humour that is the stamp of his locked away former self. He is one of the more fortunate sufferers because for three years he has lived in a closed ward in a psychiatric hospital, not a private care home. His condition is recognised as an illness rather than the inevitable path of old age.

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

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Chilly Christmas

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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