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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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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

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'