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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.

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Snappy snaps: From zoology degree to shark photographer

He started his zoology degree in rainy Manchester, but now CJ Crooks is head of media at the world-renowned Sharklab in the Bahamas

Food art: the breakfast at Ibsens Hotel

Cosy cocktails in cool Copenhagen

The Hedonist

Musician Luke Haines

Music review: Luke Haines, The Borderline, London

"Hangman hangman, hang me a man, any old man will do," Luke Haines maintains on "A Badger Called Nick Love" from the 45-year-old's characteristically eccentric (and menacing) new concept record, Rock and Roll Animals.

Last night's viewing: The Briefs, ITV
Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods, BBC1

The ordinariness of life inside Britain's busiest criminal law firm was as startling as the dedication to wrongdoing shared by so many of its clients. In one scene a brief calmly talked to a 21-year-old as a financial adviser might a customer thinking about opening an ISA: "If you brandish an axe in a public place, that would contravene conditions of your Asbo."

Between the Covers 14/07/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

It's sliced bread's 85th birthday

Eighty-five years of the best thing since... This week marks the anniversary of sliced bread

As headlines go, “Sliced bread is made here” is perhaps not the most compelling in newspaper history. Still, those five words, splashed across the front page of Missouri’s Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune in 1928, marked the moment the world discovered the greatest thing since, well, ever.

Between the Covers 07/07/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Mort-ish: (from left) Anne Consigny as Claire Séguret, Yara Pilartz as Camille Séguret, Frédéric Pierrot as Jérôme Séguret, Jenna Thiam as Léna Séguret in ‘The Returned’

Grace Dent on TV: The Returned, Channel 4

It's the undead with subtitles. Only they don't explain why zombies like pasta so much

Northerners VS Southerners: who comes out on top?

According to a new survey, people from the North aren't very keen on Londoners

Jeffrey Archer gave a fascinating interview to Bloomberg

Between the Covers 30/06/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

A cute sense of irritation: What's 'wackaging'? It's when food packaging treats consumers like idiots or children

The vogue for cutesy widdle phwases on the back of products, as pioneered by Innocent Smoothies, isn’t going away. It’s known as ‘wackaging’ – and it’s driving Will Coldwell mad

Walter, fifth from left, with the West Germany team in 1954, and below, with a picture of his old self at a ceremony in 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary of his side’s famous victory

Ottmar Walter: Footballer who helped West Germany triumph in ‘The Miracle of Berne’ in 1954

He served in the German navy during the war, which he ended with shrapnel ‘in my entire body’

10. You think Prince William is heir to the throne

Are you as young as you feel or as old as you look?

Few thirtysomethings get taken for 17-year-olds, but it's not just appearances that hold the clues to youth

Five-minute memoir: Jay Griffiths on how she rejected all things feminine as a girl

When she was young, a tomboyish Griffiths longed to do everything her brothers did.

Demonstrators set up camp at Taksim Gezi park, Istanbul

Turkey protests: Erdogan trying - and failing - to herd cats

The Prime Minister's authoritarian streak extends to dealing with street cats

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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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