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Ready To Wear: A lesson in how to wear palazzo pants without stilts

The trouser shape of the season is the palazzo – so wide legged it might reasonably be described as billowy and so long the best way to wear it is possibly on stilts.

The Best Views from the Boundary Compiled, By Peter Baxter

What radio programme could produce a book of interviews with subjects as diverse as the Duke of Edinburgh ("Is there anything about modern cricket you'd like to see changed?" "I only wish that sometimes some of their trousers fitted better") and Denis Skinner ("Once you strip away the layers of mystery from the Royal Family, it becomes commonplace")? The answer is Test Match Special.

Women officers in a tight spot

From frontline to waistline: police officers are feeling the pinch in more ways than one. Women police officers are struggling with ill-fitting uniforms that either "don't fit round the bottom" or are "too tight around the thighs", said Julie Nesbit, of the Police Federation.

Deborah Ross: Exposing your body to the sun? Get busy...

If you ask me...

Cooper Brown: A/C list

Nursing my big Hollywood name through this movie project is starting to become a little like keeping Tiger Woods out of Hooters – it’s impossible.

Dom Joly: That's a nasty case of dandruff. Trousers down, please

I have had my operation, and am now strapped up tighter than a very tight thing, in a cast that seems to have been laced with itching powder before they put it on my broken foot. Despite the operation on three metatarsals being very clearly highlighted as being on my left foot (someone even came and drew an arrow on my leg pointing at said foot, which didn't seem very scientific but is probably the best way to make sure), the usual medical high jinks were in view. "Operation on your foot, sir? Great – just strip off and put on these paper pants. Oh, and how about putting on a weird, backless dress?" I turned to Twitter for advice but all I got were nurses telling me the terrible things that they got up to once people like me were unconscious.

Turning point for Gap as 200 stores close worldwide

After 40 years, the brand for yummy mummies and yuppies at play is forced to tailor its ambitions

Get back in your strides

From flares to fitted skinnies, spring trousers come in every shape and colour, says Harriet Walker

Get the look: 'Le Smoking'

Strange as it seems today, Marlene Dietrich caused a scandal in the 1930s when she first wore trousers. And Yves Saint Laurent's 'Le Smoking' tuxedo for women also made fashion history in the mid-Sixties. This spring, androgynous style has been updated with colour and a slimmer silhouette; accessorise with retro shades and minimalist courts...

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Susannah Frankel: 'The more you wear harem pants, the droopier they become. And that, strangely, is their appeal'

"I'm writing a new column called 'Susannah shops'," I told my other half last week. "But you don't," he replied, which just goes to show how effective my sweeping through the front door, carrier bags in tow, never catching his eye and shouting "It's not for me" must be. Most of the time that's a lie. Obviously. I certainly wasn't buying the Rick Owens' fine-knit harem pants I came home with most recently for anyone else.

Wire, Rough Trade East, London

The dial is not turned quite up to 11 at tonight's in-store show: epochal post-punk band they may be, but Wire are, still, in their fifties, and they trickle on to a bizarrely polite smattering of applause.

Muslim worship leader 'raped boy at mosque'

A Muslim worship leader allegedly raped a young boy on numerous occasions as he attended a mosque for religious lessons, a court heard today.

Fans not happy with 'Archers' birthday drama

The BBC admitted last night that it had been a "tough decision" to kill off long-running Archers character Nigel Pargetter from the 60-year-old radio soap. His death also marks the end of three decades in the part for actor Graham Seed, who was first spotted by then-Archers editor William Smethurst in 1980 while performing in a Birmingham Rep production.

Die Antwoord: Boering the pants off us

It all started with Enter The Ninja, the bizarre music video that went viral and suggested that "Zef" – a new genre of rap music – had been born. In the space of a few months earlier this year, South African double act Die Antwoord were catapulted from being an act that played to a few dozen people in Cape Town bars, to a major international act, signed to Polydor and embarking on a lengthy world tour.

Angelos Epithemiou and Friends, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

BBC2's Shooting Stars provided the big break for Angelos Epithemiou and in a very short space of time, the dishevelled clown, who owes so much to the stylings of his hosts Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, has enjoyed a suitably stellar ascent.

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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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