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Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

Juan Mata faces Manchester United initiation, but it's unlikely to be as harrowing as what David Beckham went through 22 years ago

Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

Lena Dunham at the Girls series 3 premiere in London

Lena Dunham admits Girls fan Victoria Beckham is 'too chic' for cameo role

Dunham quashed rumours Beckham would be joining as 'the fifth Girl'

Trailblazers: The Spice Girls in 1997

Annie Lennox played key role in Spice Girls' success, says Simon Fuller

The Eurythmics star told the girls to 'ham up' their individual personalities

The V&A says it has discovered a previously unknown oil sketch by John Constable tucked beneath the lining of another work

Unseen John Constable oil sketch discovered at Victoria and Albert museum

Restorers uncovered the artwork while renovating a major painting

Marc by Marc Jacobs a/w 2013

iStyle: School’s out

The pinafore is shaking off its classroom connotations this season  in favour of a more grown-up interpretation, says Holly Swayne

Bradley Cooper, left, and Gerard Butler, right

Wimbledon Men's Final 2013: How did THEY get a ticket? Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler among the celebrities spotted on Centre Court

Those magical Centre Court tickets were rather easier for some to procure than for others. Being Scottish helped, naturally: there was Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister. Multiple Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy had a seat, as did the star of ‘The 300’, actor Gerard Butler. The latter had somehow colour co-ordinated his grey jacket with a non-Scot on his right, Hollywood idol Bradley Cooper, which perhaps explains the pair’s smug, sunglassed selfie, captured for posterity on Twitter.

Dresses to impress this summer

Whether you're looking for vibrant prints or minimalist white, there's a frock to suit all styles this summer, says Emma Akbareian

David Beckham

Is David Beckham one of the Premier League all-time greats? He's not even in the top 1,000 says Chris Waddle

He never had a trick, wasn't particularly quick but did sell shirts says Waddle

David Beckham celebrates his goal from behind the half-way line against Wimbledon in 1996

David Beckham retires: We said goodbye to the footballer a long time ago

It is the Beckham construction to which we are bidding farewell

Girls Aloud, who completed their 'Ten' tour with a show at Liverpool's Echo Arena last night released a statement on their official twitter page announcing their break up

Farewell to Girls Aloud - see you at the reunion in another five years?

Farewell to Girls Aloud, who have decided to go their separate ways. The split, although devastating to some, will likely have been met by many with the same reaction that greeted the news that Westlife had split, ie.: “I didn’t know they were still together.”

Tracey Emin collects her CBE last week

Tracey Emin performs a spectacular hat-trick

There used to be a habit, among ladies who didn’t wear hats very often, of putting the said number too far back on their heads. Wedding parties could be recognised by the number of coloured acrylic wide brims teetering backwards.

Model of the year at the British Fashion Awards Cara Delevingne has registered her name as an official trademark

Won’t anyone think of all the other Cara Delevingnes™ after model trademarks her name?

There’s no escaping Cara Delevingne. Walking for all the big designers on the international fashion week catwalks, model of the year at the British Fashion Awards and this month’s Vogue cover star, now the 20-year-old model has registered her name as an official trademark.

Victoria Beckham AW13 show during the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Victoria Beckham autumn/winter 2013 collection in pictures

Victoria Beckham presents her first-ever knitwear collection during New York Fashion Week. All the clothes were made in Britain and introducing traditional British fabrics worked quite well on the runway that was being watched by the fashion elite.

The front row got distracted by David Beckham siting next to Vogue's editor Anna Wintour, which was well commented on the social networks.

This week's wackiest web stories: Beer that's cheaper than water

Plus: Totally bus-ted, star-gazing bugs, Taiwan's new Barbie restaurant and if you Wannabe evicted (you better get with my friends)

Under the new terms, people signing up to Instagram

If Instagram turns this Andrea Dworkin into Beatrice Dalle, then I’ll pay for it

From 2013, we must make the choice between ‘high vanity’ or a form of snuggly, slow-creeping cyber-slavery

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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn