Voices

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.

Dress Code: Nanette Lepore, Designer

What are you wearing right now?

My favourite asymmetrical ruffled leather miniskirt from my summer collection, with a plain T-shirt.

Days Like These: 'If a handbag's contents reflect its owner's mind, then Lord help me'

Rebecca Front: Are messy bags the result of a busy life? We all have detritus, but some don’t have time to deal with it’

Lives in a Landscape: Five Units on Fazeley Street, Radio 4

Happy hum of Britain's ailing industries

Furnishing a room: Little things make a big difference

Coat hooks, taps and light switches are more exciting than you might think, says Kate Watson-Smyth

Matter live launch, 02 Arena, London

At a time when we've become accustomed to music venues closing down all over the country, it's refreshing to have the opening of a new, purpose-built club and live venue to celebrate.

The Paralympics are coming home

As the Beijing Games end, the flag heads for Britain – where the Paralympic idea was born

Attraction scene: Billy Wilder's 'Double Indemnity'

Unbridled lust and the siren at the top of the stairs: Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's 'Double Indemnity' (1944).

David Ashdown's sports picture diary: Beijing Olympics - Volleyball

David Ashdown was in Beijing covering the 2008 Olympic Games

How to cut the cost of glasses, contacts and laser eye surgery

You can improve your sight without breaking the bank – if you know where to look, says Kate Hughes

Dom Joly: Daddy's little jumper – it seems to run in the family

My daughter stood, frozen, on top of the cliff. It was about a 20-foot drop down into the dark waters of Lake Joe and this would be the biggest jump of her life so far. From our speedboat below, her mother was screaming: "Don't let him force you to do it. You don't have to do anything you don't want to ..." Parker turned towards me. "Do you think I should do it, Dad?"

Summertime and the sunglasses war is raging

The usual beachwear and books will be glued to the covers of July's glossies. Joy Lo Dico asks what benefits they bring the publishers

Lagerfeld Confidential (12A)

The World According To... Tony Robinson

The actor Tony Robinson is best known for playing Baldrick in Blackadder, and now presents Channel 4's Time Team. His latest series (and book) is The Worst Jobs in History on the same channel. He lives with his partner, Heli, and divides his time between Bristol and London
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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