Four-year-old Tolly Smith tries out the Hot Wheels Apptivity

Get your iPads out – it's going to be an app-y Christmas

Toys that connect to iPads are being tipped as one of the "must have" gifts for children this Christmas as studies show rocketing numbers play games on their parents' tablets.

Four-year-old Tolly Smith tries out the Hot Wheels Apptivity

Prepare to hand over your iPad - it's going to be an app-y Christmas

Manufacturers are targeting tech-savvy youngsters who play games on their parents' tablets, writes Lewis Smith

A makeshift shrine to Tia Sharp in New Addington yesterday

Tia Sharp suspect Stuart Hazell to face court after police say sorry

Stuart Hazell, the man accused of murdering the missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp, will appear in court today via video link.

Campaigners call for Babybel boycott after mental illness 'insult'

Disability groups in France are calling for a boycott of some Babybel cheese following accusations that a promotional summer toy insults the mentally ill.

'OU TV', a series of free filmmaking workshops held in a full-scale model of the original Open University set at Bristol's Arnolfini gallery, kicks off tomorrow. Learn how to make storyboards, edit and use a camera. Call 0117 9172300 to book a place.

The Market Report: Toy maker plays the excuses game

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<p>This dinky playpit in a tasteful wood design won't make your lawn look like a Disney outpost.</p>

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Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, Royal Opera House, London / Play Without Words, Sadler's Wells, London

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Tom Cruise visits daughter Suri after Katie Holmes split

Tom Cruise visited his daughter Suri in New York City on Tuesday for the first time since his high-profile divorce from her mother, actress Katie Holmes, People magazine reported.

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Luis Bunuel's absurdist and beautifully staged satire from 1972 centres on six conceited upper-middle-class pals who singularly fail to arrange a dinner party.

Emily Jupp: The body of evidence stacked against our toys

I recently dip-dyed my hair pink. Just looking at it made me curiously happy, as though the colour itself had some magical, endorphin-inducing property. I felt empowered, and stylish, without really knowing why. Then one day, I was wearing a gold top and bouncing along with my pink-blonde locks and I caught of myself in a shop window. A realisation slowly dawned. I looked just like the Sindy doll I owned as a child. She too had pink hair, she too had the gold shirt. She, too, had my expression of vacant optimism. I had unconsciously turned myself into a doll.

Matthew Zadonia carries a stuffed animal from the My Little Pony cartoons at BronyCon

Fans (male and female) gather for My Little Pony convention

Over 4,000 fans of the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have gathered for a convention dedicated to the show - and specifically to its male fans.

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There was a time when no Hollywood movie was complete without a British baddie.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 9 June 2012

Ex-Olympus boss to receive £10m

La Bohème, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne

More Basildon than Bastille, David McVicar’s grungy staging of La Bohème heralded the new millennium amidst concrete and steel, fire hazards and fire escapes, chavs and chav nots, bringing our “bohemians” into the here and now with a cynical nod or two at our own struggling youth culture and the slightly surreal sensation of stepping in from tea at Glyndebourne’s Mildmay room to an urban jungle where the only splash of colour is a street poster for Bohème in, naturally, the style of the art nouveau period.

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