Arts and Entertainment Penny Mordaunt MP speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, 2013

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

Swimming: 'Does my bum look fast in this?' ask British team

As the British Championships began here last night with Olympic places up for grabs and 17-year-old Fran Halsall in the spotlight, swimsuits as much as the athletes inside them remained the sport's hottest talking point.

Tattoos: The needle and the damage done

Body art may be having a fashion moment, but 50 per cent of all those who submit themselves to the tattooist have second thoughts. Jessica Callan is one of them

'Professor' Black to teach fellow inmates

Conrad Black, the disgraced newspaper baron, is fighting a final battle to stay out of jail, even as he and his family begin preparations for his six and a half-year stretch at a low-security Florida prison.

Dom Joly: Family holiday centres make me head for the rapids

One of my favourite films ever, if I'm being honest, is 'National Lampoon's American Vacation'. If I'm ever actually asked, then I reply with more sophisticated choices such as '37.2 Degrees le Matin' (Betty Blue) or 'Being There'. The truth, however, is that I love this light comedy starring Chevy Chase travelling across the USA with his dysfunctional family for a holiday at Wally World, a nightmarish Disney-type destination.

A century of swimwear

For a hundred years, women have sought to strike a balance between getting a tan and staying within the bounds of decency. But oh, how things have changed. Susannah Frankel marvels at a century of swimwear

Why improving your home could put buyers off

Additions like bars and wet rooms could put buyers off rather than add value, says Stephen Pritchard

Ready To Wear: Going around town in one's bathing suit is deranged, even if you are Sienna Miller'

It would not be unreasonable to presume that, given the rise in temperature over the past few years, we British might have learnt to dress in the heat. But no. The native male's predilection for doing his shopping topless when the sun shines is as prevalent as ever.

Early-bird swimmers fight for the right to their winter dip

Changing into his swimming trunks as dawn penetrates the November gloom, Robert Sutherland-Smith is angry, if still polite. "We simply ask that we should be allowed to do for the next 100 years what we have been doing here for the last 100," he says.

Bathroom guide to surviving the heat

Walker Don Thompson took his preparation to dizzying heights in 1960. Simon Turnbull reports

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