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The MP for Portsmouth said she would donate her participation fee to charity

Lisa Markwell: For a happy holiday, borrow a house

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Bikini world record bid fails

A bid to set a new world record for the number of women being photographed wearing bikinis in one place failed today.

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Are you an Adonis in Speedos or a Frustrated Foodie? John Walsh presents a satirical who's who of the British at play beside the seaside

Swimming: Spofforth opens gold account

First win for Britain comes in 100m backstroke – while Phelps suffers shock defeat

Daley's luck takes a dive

Tom Daley experienced the highs and lows of international competition in the space of 72 hours when he returned to the Foro Italico, scene of his individual gold medal triumph, to finish ninth in the 10 metre synchro with partner Max Brick at the World Championships.

Swimsuit ban welcomed by British team's top coach

British swimming's performance director Michael Scott is looking forward to the sport moving on after a vote to ban controversial non-textile swimsuits – but he will have to wait until next year.

A secret shame: Inside the latest scandal to rock the Catholic church

When Todd Carpunky was 16, he joined the Legion of Christ. I his six years with the Catholic order, he bore witness to a culture of sexual abuse that rocked the Church. Here, he talks candidly to Peter Stanford about the secretive world created by the order's founder while the papal authorities looked the other way

Philip Hensher: Forget about a 'cure' for homosexuality

It grows increasingly hard to tell the difference between bishops of the Church of England and Paris Hilton. Bishops used to be thoughtful, retiring people, happy to spread the word of God through bring-and-buy sales, the Mothers' Union and the occasional sermon. Nowadays, some of them have been bitten by the bug of publicity, and they just can't seem to shut up.

A spy in Speedos: Wife blows cover of MI6 chief on Facebook

Lib Dems call for inquiry into leak of personal details on social networking site

Flavia goes butt Jaked

Olympic swimmer Flavia Zoccari had to back-out of out a championship race at the Mediterranean Games yesterday, after her Jaked swimsuit split to reveal her behind.

Tips and deals: 14/06/2009

The look

Craghoppers has launched Kala Kaftan, a stylish addition to the summer suitcase. It's made of cotton and available in a peacock-feather print in green, pink, and blue. Slip it over your swimsuit or dress it up for the evening. Price £35. Go to craghoppers.com

Outrage at 'skin and bones' Miss Universe model

Australia's Miss Universe competition found itself under scrutiny yesterday as doctors and dieticians questioned the inclusion of a finalist they claimed was severely underweight.

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