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It’s day nine of my 10-day Italian detox, and I have to admit to feeling seriously blissed out. I’m so relaxed that it actually makes me uncomfortable, it being such a rare thing in my existence. I spoke to my wife and kids on Skype, and watched them bickering away back in my normal existence. I told them to calm down and not talk to each other in that manner. Something in my new spiritual persona jarred with them and they all stopped arguing with each other and stared at the screen.

A porter carries a bag at the
Louis Vuitton show

Accessories - You can leave your hat on

Don't be shy when it comes to accessories this season. These statement pieces are set to inspire all others. Gemma Hayward reports

The mane event: Laura Trott

In winning style: Moments of fashion flair from Team GB

Olympians may have been proud to compete in their national colours, but that didn't stop them from adding their own moments of fashionable flair, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The Uninvited By Liz Jensen

Oh, you naughty little devils!

Twisted wheel: Wiggins shows off his Fred Perry threads

Leader of the pack Wiggins dedicated to fashion for Tour de France à la Mod

It's probably fair to say that Bradley Wiggins can't really experience all the elements of Mod culture. If he were to regularly stay up until 3am at the Twisted Wheel, dancing to Northern soul and necking amphetamines, it's fair to say that the Chorley-based cyclist wouldn't be leading this year's Tour de France.

Twisted wheel: Wiggins shows off his Fred Perry threads

Bradley Wiggins is king of the Mods

If Bradley Wiggins wins the Tour de France this week, he'll become the greatest ever sporting Mod. Will Dean launches a scooter salute

Floral bikini top, £14, by Warehouse, warehouse.co.uk; tropical shorts, £12, by Topshop, topshop.com; Straw trilby, £25, by Topshop, as before

Little Miss Sunshine: Beachwear has a tropical flavour this summer

Think parrots, palm trees and pure white sand...

Six hours, 35 miles and 118 years of history: that’s the offer from
Mersey Ferries for its special Manchester Ship Canal departures
between Seacombe (on the Wirral, opposite Liverpool) and Salford
Quays
The trapped miners vowed to walk to freedom at the end of their ordeal but needed the help of their rescuers when they finally emerged

Nine Peruvian miners walk free after six-day ordeal

Peru was celebrating yesterday after the rescue of nine trapped miners whose lives had hung in the balance for six days as oxygen was pumped to them through a hose.

Scalloped Plisse Dress, £1,295, by Roland Mouret, 8 Carlos Place, London W1, 020-7518 0700; sunglasses, £225, by Miu Miu, miumiu.com
Abbey Clancy photographed at DSTRKT, London. 'I'd always fancied Pete,' she says of Crouch

Abbey Clancy: 'I'm not a brat'

Deborah Ross meets the ultimate wag

Whistles' gold owl pendant, £35, Whistles.co.uk
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...