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In my previous dispatch from the traumatic home-hunting frontline, where regiments of estate agents fire broadsides of scorn at our hilarious budget-to-square-footage aspirations, I detailed how one such know-it-all had been forced to tell us – just as we were about to enter – why the house was unsellable, due to the all-pervasive stench of chemicals from the dry cleaner down below. Needless to say, we weren't inordinately tempted.

Stephen Gough, 53, who has spent much of the past six years in prison

'Naked rambler' Stephen Gough jailed for breaching Asbo

The “naked rambler” has been jailed for 11 months after being found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from being naked in public just minutes after it was imposed.

Alex Mills as his nightmare date persona Herbert

The Apprentice 2013 hopeful Alex Mills plays 'nightmare date' as contestants look for love

Apprentice candidate Alex Mills plays the role of a nightmare date - as a team leader steps down for the first time in the history of the BBC One show.

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Make your father’s day

Not all dads are the pipe-smoking, slipperswearing type, so why not get yours something he really wants this year? By Lee Holmes

Batmanghelidjh says: 'We are sitting on top of an emotional time bomb in relation to the perversions that are developing in large numbers of children.'

The Conversation: Camila Batmanghelidjh, children's campaigner

First things first – where do you get those outfits?

No socks rule is latest bid to ease Pakistan power cuts

Can socks, or rather an absence of them, save Pakistan this hot, blistering summer?

Rock and Roll devotees Lori Barker, left, and Yvette Hillebrandt, right, pose as they attend the 50th Hemsby Rock 'n' Roll Weekender as the biannual festival celebrates 25 years

Picture of the day: Rock ’n’ roll is here to stay

Hundreds of Americana enthusiasts descended on an authentic 1950s holiday camp for the biannual Hemsby Rock ’n’ Roll Weekend.

Can Ukip handle the trials of local government?

The party will need to convert eurosceptic zeal to dealing with complaints about drains

Don’t fly east if you want to avoid jet lag says Professor David Gradwell

It’s plane as day: flying really can turn you into an airhead

Air passengers should avoid making important decisions whilst cruising at altitude, according to Britain’s first professor of aerospace medicine.

Winter be gone: Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre

Dance review: Petrushka/The Rite of Spring - Stravinsky puts a Spring in your step

A celebratory double bill is inspired by heartlifting music, while a dire jailhouse 'dansical' deserves to be locked up

Wouldn't the gym be so much better without all the people in it?

From the gross dudes who can't tell the difference between lust and disgust to the personal space invaders, trips to the gym would be much more therapeutic, well, alone...

When it comes to new rules, just stick with the old ones

Fashion statement: when it comes to new rules, just stick with the old ones

The shows taking place in Paris at the moment are exercises in idealism, showcasing each designer's dream woman, head to toe in looks made for her, and styled just so according to that creative vision.

Boy band Blue, rehearsing for ITV2's The Big Reunion

Grace Dent on TV: The Big Reunion

I am truly thankful that we live in an era when washed-up stars can make TV comebacks

Likeable people: (from left) Paul, Karen, Maddy and Amber in the Wishy Washy laundrette

Grace Dent on TV: People Like Us

The only thing missing is a Benedict Cumberbatch cameo. But could he take a shift in the Wishy Washy?

The cosmetics encapsulate the all-American spirit of the 'Archie' comics

Cosmetics to make you look comic - in a good way

Comic-book capers abound on the big screen, but MAC has being doing good work on bringing them to the beauty counter, too. The cosmetics brand’s latest limited-edition collection is inspired by the characters of Archie comics. Two contrasting colour stories are inspired by the bubbly girl-next-door Betty and vampy rich girl Veronica.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness