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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.

Suspended coffee: what a wonderful idea

Customers pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can’t afford one - it's a simple concept which should be introduced to coffee shops in the UK

Phone home: Vlod and Sasha with family at their wedding

Grace Dent on TV: A Very British Wedding

I don't know why this wedding involves a vodka syringe, but if you actually like people it's a delight

Calcutta: Two Years in the City, By Amit Chaudhuri

An engrossing journey through Calcutta delves beneath its poverty and drabness

F1: Martin Whitmarsh admits McLaren are 'undoubtedly struggling'

McLaren slow during practice for the Australian Grand Prix

Student election posters at Edinburgh University

Vote with your feet and give student elections a miss this year

Elected student officials would at least be harmless - if they weren't so expensive, reckons Eleanor Doughty

If dogs were cows and horses pigs…

Tales From The Water Cooler

Cruise hell: 'sewage running down walls and savages fighting over dwindling food supplies'

Passengers on board the Carnival Triumph using mobile phones to convey tales of carpets soaked in urine and passengers sleeping in tents on deck

Bog standard? Walham Green loos have been snapped up by café owner Luciano Lo Dico for £585,000

Hardly bog standard: the half-million pound public loo (and other converted washroom hits)

West London toilet-turned-cafe is the latest in a trend for converted conveniences

The former England captain Michael Vaughan launches Yorkshire Tea’s deal at Lord’s yesterday

Stephen Brenkley: A storm in a sponsored cup... ECB stirs up controversy by selling off the tea break

Tea has always been archaic yet sacrosanct. As an institution it has embodied the entire ethos of a type of game that probably did not exist, except perhaps at Blandings: at 20 minutes in length, neither one thing nor the other.

Freshen up: the 1920s townhouse has a new lease of life

Room Service: Lastarria, Santiago de Chile

Colonial chic in a buzzy barrio

Five-Minute Memoir: A steep learning curve on the Appalachian Trail

It never occurred to us how far from help we were. Baldpate is a mountain in the wilds of western Maine, New England. It stands 3,780 feet tall. The Appalachian Trail runs up one side and down the other. There are no legal campsites on the mountain, but Tony and I were 23, and we didn't care about rules.

Postcard from... Jerusalem

Since moving to Jerusalem a little over three weeks ago, there have been several unpleasant shocks to my system.

Postcard from... New York

When is a foot not a foot? When it's a Subway Footlong, according to a picture posted by a customer which has been doing the rounds on the internet. The Australian sandwich connoisseur whipped out his measuring tape – as you do – and discovered that his sandwich came up short. A mere 11-ish inches.

Page 3 Profile: Anna Soubry, Conservative MP

Another attack on junk food?

The market in Abidjan, the largest city in Ivory Coast

A risky route through Ivory Coast: Decades of neglect, yet a former glory remains

One guy grabbed the bag slung over my shoulder as his friend snatched the sunglasses from my face. They held me in place as a mob formed around us on the pavement and everyone started shouting.

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