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'Una rareza', a one-off: Vargas acknowledges the crowd at a concert in Buenos Aires in 2004

Chavela Vargas: Singer adored in the Hispanic world

It could not have been easy being a cigar-smoking, tequila-swigging, gun-toting lesbian who sang cowboy songs in macho Mexico through much of the 20th century. But in a career that lasted for most of her 93 years, Chavela Vargas gradually made inroads into male chauvinist, homophobic and Catholic church prejudices.

By the seat of his pants: Greene scraped through into 400m hurdles final

Greene makes final by narrowest of margins

As Dai Greene crossed the finish line in the London 2012 centrepiece arena last night, he clasped his hands to his face and dropped to the ground. He remained there for a good while, a picture of despair – lying on his back, his hands clasped to his head. The captain of the British track and field team thought he had blown his big Olympic chance. Only the first two finishers in the three semi-finals of the 400m hurdles were guaranteed a place in tomorrow's final and Greene had crossed the line fourth in the opening race.

Diving: Q&A with Peter Waterfield ahead of this afternoon's final with Tom Daley

The other half of Britain's most famous diving partnership, Pete Waterfield could get his first taste of victory with Tom Daley at this afternoon's final. However, he will have to be more careful with any medals he wins after losing his silver from Athens while on the M25. 

Hyde Park Olympic concert: Snow Patrol, Simon Le Bon and Ricky Gervais's beard strike a chord

"The night's most enduring band – with Le Bon in Union Jack jacket – enter after a brief, bracing deluge"

Hawaiian shirt, £110, by Paradise Found, Selfridges, selfridges.com
Moving on to Louis Vuitton – LV designer Marc Jacobs is another trailblazer par excellence – and for this autumn show too models descended a lovingly recreated early 20th-century steam train wearing vaguely directoire-line coats, tunics, jackets and dresses, finished with jewelled buttons and embroideries, and all worn over trousers cropped at the ankle.

Ready To Wear: Watch us go striding into a brave new tomorrow

Stating the obvious… For many years now, dresses have been fashionable. Now, though, it is the turn of trousers to dominate. Yes, it's that simple. And, to this fashion commentator's mind at least, it comes not a minute too soon. It all started with Miuccia Prada, whose signature collection shown in Milan earlier this year teamed every look with a pair.

Channing Tatum leads from the front in 'Magic Mike'
American Idol star Lambert, left, looks the part and hits the notes with ease

Queen, Hammersmith Apollo, London
Kimya Dawson, The Haunt, Brighton

Brian May thinks Adam Lambert's 'a keeper', and the audience agrees

Lisa Markwell: With so much choice, why would anyone feel they had to go to M&S?

Be brave, ditch cheap embellishments and scary patterns and go utterly plain
Nadal in action at Wimbledon

Wimbledon Wedgie watch: why Rafael Nadal's underwear must be pants

Almost as familiar a Wimbledon sight as strawberries and cream or Sir Cliff Richard being a nuisance in the royal box, is the sight of Rafa Nadal unpicking his underpants.

Suggs says: 'I cry at MasterChef'

My Secret Life: Suggs, 51, musician

The household I grew up in... a very nice flat above Maples the carpet shop on the corner of Tottenham Court Road with my mum. It was a 10-minute walk to the heart of Camden Town and 10 minutes the other way to the heart of Soho.

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures, Sadler's Wells, London

We're already in classic Bourne territory, with comedy masking yearning and repression, woven through with sharp movie references. For all the wit, this revival is hit and miss. At its best, it’s funny and touching at once. Elsewhere, you can tell that it should be.

Ready To Wear: I love it when Miuccia Prada and I have the same sartorial opinion

Miuccia Prada is nothing if not contrary.

Defining a sense of place: Artwork from the 'Handmade Parade' at Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging, By Paul Barker

A writer's history of his childhood home becomes a microcosm for local life buffeted by the winds of change.

Ready To Wear: Resisting the urge to change clothes may be no bad thing

Watching BBC4's The Bridge at the weekend one could be forgiven for thinking that Scandinavian women – or perhaps just Scandinavian detectives – never change their clothes.

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Chilly Christmas

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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