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Larry David never really topped his first two Curb series, where his mystified mischief maker was at his most excruciating – the "beloved aunt" episode being a standout.

Album: Paul Simon, Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition (Sony Music)

It may have broken a cultural boycott, but Paul Simon's Graceland probably helped hasten the end of apartheid by presenting black South Africans as other than faceless victims.

Alaska clears up tsunami debris

Teams of volunteers were heading to an uninhabited island in Prince William Sound near Anchorage yesterday to clean up debris washed out to sea by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last year and sent by Pacific currents to Alaska.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Keira Knightley could do for Imelda Marcos what Meryl Streep did for Mrs Thatcher'

Who knew that if Keira Knightley 'adores' a pair of shoes she sees in a shop, she will buy them whether they are available in her size or not?

Simon Kelner: How Fred the Shred became a diamond geezer

I haven't been able to find out whether the festival of road works and street closures in central London is part of preparations for the Diamond Jubilee or the Olympic Games, but anyone travelling (or, as the case may be, not travelling) around the capital will be in no doubt that something big is about to happen. The streets, tubes and buses are full of tourists unfamiliar with Oyster cards or the difference between The Mall and Pall Mall – I spent a little time yesterday explaining this to a Japanese couple, whom I left happy but, sadly, still bemused – and those shops selling such essential items as union jack teddy bears and miniature Harrods vans are doing a brisk trade. Get ready, too, for the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee media-fest.

Harriet Walker rises to the challenge

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Harriet Walker tries the new shoes designed by Topshop mogul's daughter

Ready To Wear: The merging of function with fashion may be a risky business

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Louboutin flash: the designer recently tried - unsuccessfully - to stop other makers using his signature red sole

Christian Louboutin, Design Museum, London

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Hurricane Fly, ridden by Ruby Walsh, jumps the last to win the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday

Tidal Bay can wash up a winner for Jacob

Though one perennial anomaly persists, with a "new" season starting at Ludlow and Wetherby tomorrow, little else is routine about the final day of the jumps season.

Dom Joly: On with my dodgy anorak and I'm ready to rumble

The first day of filming looms and I am getting ready to rumble. One of the main secrets of hidden camera is to be, well, hidden. I don't mean snuck behind a bush waiting for people. I mean wearing the right costume so that you can just blend into the background. Disguises can often be too comedy and easily spotted. As an example, I have to wear pyjamas and slippers in one scene. The natural instinct is to go all Wallace & Gromit with Victorian-style pyjamas and check slippers. I opted for plain black slippers and blue pyjamas.

Album: Robin Gibb & RJ Gibb, The Titanic Requiem (Rhino)

If this is to be Robin Gibb's final contribution to music, it's a fittingly noble undertaking; and, as a collaboration with his son, an apt passing-on of the baton.

Dress, £4,760, by Erdem, from net-a-porter.com; headdress and floral wrist cuff, both made to order, by Rebel Rebel, 5 Broadway Market, London E8, 020-7254 4487, rebelrebel.co.uk; lace bra (worn throughout), £16, by american apparel, store.american-apparel.co.uk

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