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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.

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Can a gin and tonic keep the mozzies away? Does a paper bag prevent jet lag? Kunal Dutta and Lyndsey Fineran get to the truth

A new model army tears its clothes off for 'amazing' Putin

Young women across Russia have been called on to show their support for Vladimir Putin in an unusual way: by ripping off their clothes. The unexpected campaign has been launched by a group calling itself the Putin Army, which posted a slick video online at the weekend featuring a trio of young women announcing a competition.

Eels, Somerset House, London

It is fair to say that Mark Everett - otherwise known as E, and the man behind Eels – has not always been known as the most cheerful of chaps. In his 2008 memoir Things the Grandchildren Should Know, he documents his rather tragic family history, events that have inspired a lot of the many downbeat moments found across Eels' nine albums.

Topshop withdraws advertisement of skinny model after complaint

High street giant Topshop succumbed to the pressure of an eating disorder charity yesterday, removing an image of 18-year-old model Codie Young from their website after campaigners alleged the image could encourage anorexia.

Album: The Lil' Band of Gold, The Promised Land (Room 609)

Dreadful name. Mind you, so is Susan and we know that it is Susan's content which makes her beautiful.

Korean prostitutes protest brothel crackdown

Hundreds of prostitutes and pimps rallied near a red-light district in Seoul, South Korea, yesterday to protest a police crackdown on brothels, with some attempting, unsuccessfully, to set themselves on fire.

David Flatman: More sweat and more girls. Summer rugby turns me on

From the Front Row: A February to November season will pick up the pace and skill levels, so let's have fun in the sun

Cyclo-therapy: 'You're at much greater risk if you drive or walk, than if you cycle'

As I type this in an airless office, people in short sleeves and sunglasses are frolicking among daffodils and buying their first ice-creams as they enjoy weather that is, I'll be told in tomorrow's papers (alongside photos of young women on Brighton beach), "Hotter Than Marbella!".

Booming overseas sales keep Asos on growth trail

Asos, the online fashion retailer, said its international sales overtook those in the UK for the first time in the fourth quarter, as its booming growth shows little sign of slowing.

Music & Me: The Shoes

Guillaume from Gallic duo The Shoes takes time out from the band’s January tour to answer a few questions for Music Magazine.

Being modern: TK Maxx

We have, us modern folk, a somewhat instinctual reaction to brands and labels. Should we hear, for example, talk of Littlewoods, BHS, Dorothy Perkins, Lidl or Peacocks, our noses begin to turn up almost reflexively. Which will still be many people's reaction to the words TK Maxx. Should, however, someone start to bandy the names Aquascutum, Helmut Lang, Mandarina Duck, See by Chloé or Nicole Farhi about at your dinner-party table... well, now we're talking.

Glasvegas, Concert Hall, Troon

They may have written their forthcoming album, EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ , at a beach house in California, but Glasvegas's new tracks will surely never sound more at home than on this debut mini-tour of remote Scottish locations in the dead of winter. This band make music to suit a wet Wednesday night on the Ayrshire coast, but it helps if you're surrounded by a few hundred Scots in full voice and off their faces.

Les Parents Terribles, Donmar Trafalgar, London </br> The Cradle Will Rock, Arcola, London </br> Beauty and the Beast, NT Cottesloe, London

Oedipus rocks: Cocteau&rsquo;s frenetic family tale of zig-zagging emotions and a mother&rsquo;s incestuous love fairly storms along in this terrific production.

Chanting crowds bid farewell to beloved Argentinian president

Thousands of Argentines filed past a flag-draped coffin to pay their respects to former president Nestor Kirchner last night, then lined the capital's rain-slicked streets for a glimpse of his hearse as it passed by.

Here comes the (scantily dressed) bride

You can't get much more Italian than a Dolce & Gabbana show. From the tanned fashion press in sunglasses and head-to-toe black, to the seductive lace creations that are one of the label's signatures, there is no mistaking where designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are from – and where their hearts belong.

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