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Agenda: Dior; Emeli Sandé; The Apple Cart; Vivian Maier; Givers

Here's an autumn trend you can get to grips with early: the classic smoky eye. Dior’s new three-colour palette contains a nourishing base to prep the eyelid, plus two shades of shadow - onematte for a simple and stark smoky look and one iridescent for when the dress code calls for a bit of disco. And to top it off there’s a long-wearing liner, which is just the thing for bringing out your more feline attributes. Out 16 August, £32, available nationwide

The Diary: Peter Zumthor; Marcus Foster; Pleasance theatre; Nick

Peter Zumthor's new Serpentine Pavilion is all well and good for sitting down and looking at flowers for an hour but bedding down for the night is likely to be frowned upon. No matter, from next year, fans of the renowned Swiss architect can enjoy a mini-break at his new holiday home, The Secular Retreat. The glass/ concrete bungalow, Zumthor's first permanent project in the UK, has just been granted planning permission and will nestle among a clump of trees on top of a hill, somewhere between Salcombe and Hallsands in South Devon. "It's very rural. He wanted it to be quite separate," I'm told. "It's got a monastic feel. Like the Pavilion, it looks quite stark from the exterior but inside is a cool haven." The latest in the Living Architecture series, Alain de Botton's brainchild allowing holiday-makers to rent one-off statement homes at an affordable price, Zumthor's design will join MVRDV's silver-tiled Balancing Barn in Aldeburgh and NORD's black beach hut near Romney Marsh, among others. Prices start from £20 per person per night (or £750 for a long weekend) up to £3,000 for a week in peak season.

Cultural Life: Tim Minchin, comedian

Books: Christopher Hitchens's autobiography, 'Hitch 22', is a poignant read, and very interesting because I have a very poor knowledge of recent political history – or for that matter distant political history. I'm also reading 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey, about an Aboriginal kid and a white kid who find a dead woman, hanging from a rope. I was completely sucked in.

My Secret Life: Richard Herring, comedian, 43

My parents were... My dad was my headmaster and my mother also taught me at school. I did a whole show about whether it psychologically scarred me, but when I look back, I think all the bad things about me were already in existence. I was in a fortunate position where I had a very solid family – my parents have been together since they were 13. It's almost hard to live up to that!

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The Diary: Karaoke numbers; Tim Minchin; The Social Network

Last summer, Swansea's Marc Price wowed Cannes with his debut movie, Colin, a zombie-fest that was made for £45. So what happened next? First, Price bought himself a camera. "I wanted to test the camera so I made a short film where we did pretty much everything I'd been advised not to do, to see how it held up," he tells me. The resulting five-minute short, The End, a pub massacre featuring gunfire and gory close-ups, was picked up by Film4's Frightfest for a Leicester Square screening. "It held up superbly on the big screen. I'm convinced this will revolutionise low-budget film making."

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