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Judging by the national mood, I would urge David Cameron to go to the polls now; the mood is good out there

The 10 Best beach gear

Here's all you need to make sure your day by the sea is stylish and problem free... just make sure to bring them home with you

Weekend work: Time to trim hornbeam hedges

What to do

Book review: The Misunderstanding, By Irène Némirovsky

Wisdom of obsessive love, found in precocious youth

British and Irish Lions Tour 2013: Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero making good progress in bid to be fir for third Test against Australia

The British and Irish Lions are hopeful that Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero will be passed fit for Saturday's series decider against Australia at ANZ Stadium.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted

Poor children are being let down by schools, warns Ofsted

The TeachFirst initiative is narrowing the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils

Man and teen drown in disused quarry in Northern Ireland

A man has drowned in a vain bid to rescue a teenage boy in a disused quarry in Northern Ireland.

Coastal chic: an updated bedroom

Super stylish seaside revival

The Grand, Brighton

Porn in the UK: Steve Coogan and Tamsin Egerton in Michael Winterbottom’s affectionate but evasive ‘The Look of Love’

Film review: The Look of Love (18)

Michael Winterbottom's biopic of Soho porn and property baron Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) is a Janus-faced affair. On the one hand, it's a bit of a romp.

Bright and beautiful: Prettily painted homes in the East End Historic District of Galveston

Houston, we have an escape: discover the pleasures of the Texan Riviera

Follow the lyrics of a great songwriter to discover fine beaches and rich heritage. Simon Calder is a fellow down Galveston way

For the past eight years David Hockney's presence in the Yorkshire seaside town has brought a much needed waft of glamour and international attention to the resort

Could shock death of David Hockney's friend and studio assistant Dominic Elliott
cause Bridlington's most famous resident
to end domestic exile in Yorkshire?

Tragedy has brought unwanted media attention to the remote doorstep of the Pop Art pioneer

Ian Holloway has guided Crystal Palace to second in the Championship

Appleton out to upset Holloway's applecart

Michael Appleton, the Blackpool manager, wants to get the better of his predecessor at the club, Ian Holloway, in today's trip to Crystal Palace in the Championship.

Gold Digger, By Frances Fyfield

What is a crime writer to do when they start to chafe at the restraints of the genre? How to re-energise the overfamiliar elements – such as the careful concealment of the murderer’s identity?

Children from ethic minority groups 'more likely to be marked down by their teachers'

Children from ethic minority groups are more likely to be marked down by their teachers in tests and exams, Education Secretary Michael Gove will say today.

1. Snakeskin print candlesticks, £210 for pair, Eliska

Hide and seek: Leather goods well worth searching out

1. Snakeskin print candlesticks

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?