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At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

Win COMMUNITY seasons 1-4 on DVD – 10 box sets to give away

Win COMMUNITY seasons 1-4 on DVD – 10 box sets to give away

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COMMUNITY SEASONS 1-4

Our favourite study group is back to hitting the books at Greendale Community College. COMMUNITY: The first four seasons DVD box set contains every episode to date and a hilarious host of special features.

The look of the future hotel is already at citizenM in London

Shapes of things to come? A glimpse into the hotel experience a decade ahead

Whether you’re leaving for an overnight stay on business or going on a city break, hoteliers know what you want and the rooms are about to change. Simon Calder investigates

England's Ashes warm-up match was rained off for the second day in succession

Restaurant review: Berners Tavern is grown-up and gorgeous but won't suit everyone

It's been a while since I did this. The shuffle past sharp-suited doormen into the shock-and-awe lobby. The jostling at the bar alongside cocktail-sipping gobshites. The awkward attempt to interact with waitresses dressed in scanty black mini-dresses. The realisation that I'm the only female in the place wearing trousers, a dodo among flamingos.

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade

The O Zone: With our new coach we played Oldham a day early on ‘Fifa 14’

The O Zone: Behind the scenes at Leyton Orient

Improve your office with some easy steps

Why not try leading group meditation or introducing sensory objects?

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Vampire movies

In Runner Runner, Justin Timberlake loses a fortune playing online poker, and then flies off to confront the owner of the website, Ben Affleck. But perhaps he could have saved himself the trip if he’d watched a few poker films before logging on.

GCSEs and A-levels 'will be taken online within 10 years'

All public examinations - including GCSEs and A-levels - will be taken online within the next decade, an independent education chief is forecasting.

The Meadham Kirchhoff spring/summer show at London Fashion Week was faintly 'unsettling'

London’s designers blow your socks off… again

From Connemara-inspired textures to galactic motifs, Rebecca Gonsalves marvels at the creativity of Fashion Week

My next book: a dog in a bag, and me. Can’t fail

Slowly, and almost indiscernibly, the taboos of my youth are being shed. The other day I caught myself thinking about attaching some sort of strap to my reading glasses.

NANA: A café for nanas, run by nanas, seeks crowd-funding

NANA Comfort Food and Craft Café takes to KickStarter to raise money for toilet conversion in east London

Today's middle class feel oppressed in the same way as Marx’s 19th-century working class

It’s not often that you  see the Daily Mail and The Spectator talking about revolution, but that’s what happened last week. Both right-wing rags praised Karl Marx in articles about the death of the middle class. I was stunned to see a big photo of Marx on the Mail’s website, better known for its photos  of celebrities no one has heard of wearing bikinis. It seems the middle class are feeling oppressed in rather the same way that Marx’s 19th-century working class felt oppressed. And the Mail was attacking the rich and defending the new poor, the middle classes who can no longer afford school fees, foreign holidays, meals in restaurants and all the rest.

The 10 Best lunch boxes

Whether it’s for back-to-school treats or for home-made sandwiches, we’ve got all you need for a moveable feast

Review: MaddAddam, By Margaret Atwood

With this tense tale of pandemic, giant pigs, and survival, is the final part of Margaret Atwood's trilogy obliquely surveying her own legacy?

McDonald’s has admitted 90 per cent of its UK employees are on zero-hours contracts.

They won't be lovin' it: McDonald's admits 90% of employees are on zero-hours contracts without guaranteed work or a stable income

Fast-food chain is potentially the largest zero-hours employer in the UK’s private sector

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