Mike Gayle: 'My study used to be my youngest daughter's bedroom hence the bright pink walls'

One minute with: Mike Gayle, novelist

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Film review: Bula Quo! (PG)

Stuart St Paul, 90mins. Starring: Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt

Best maid of honor speech? Sister of bride Jennifer Gabrielli raps a toast to Eminem's 'Without Me'

Dressed in converse, hoodie and bridesmaid dress, Jennifer Gabrielli personalised lyrics for wedding

Fans pack Murray Mound to cheer on the British number one

How does Murray match compare to the most watched TV of all time?

Millions watched Andy Murray’s tense blockbuster of a quarter final against Fernando Verdasco last night.

The billionaire entrepreneur has become troubled by his own creations

Co-founder of Napster, Sean Parker, defends $4.5m fantasy-themed wedding

Man responsible for making the web what it is today publishes 9,500-word response to critics

Tidal party: Many cruise ships offer weddings at sea

Cruise Report: Sail the down the aisle for a wedding on water

The British wedding season is in full swing. And with all the costs, headaches over seating plans and worries about the weather in the build-up to their big day, many couples have moments when they wish they had simply eloped. The good news is that running away to sea is an option.

California couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier who took gay marriage ban to court get married just an hour after legal ruling

The lead plaintiffs in the US Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

Newly-wed festival goers John and Mathilda Fristrom Eldridge, from Newquay, enjoy taking their honeymoon at the Glastonbury Festival

A Glastonbury romance: Festival newlyweds hope it won't rain on their parade

Most couples opt for far-flung destinations for their honeymoon - but one pair of newlyweds have decided to spend theirs at Glastonbury Festival.

Civil ceremonies on the rise as religious weddings fall out of popularity

The number of couples getting married with religious ceremonies has fallen 6.2 per cent in a year.

Jeremy Forrest was jailed for five and a half years

Wife 'launches divorce proceedings' against jailed maths teacher Jeremy Forrest

It's wrong he has been branded a paedophile says his sister

US television cook Paula Deen is being sued by the former manager of one of her restaurants

American celebrity cook Paula Deen stirs up a storm of criticism after admitting to using the N-word

Paula Deen, the American celebrity cook and the self-proclaimed queen of Southern farmhouse cuisine, is at risk of losing a lucrative deal with QVC after admitting to using the N-word.

Bridezillas, I now pronounce you the bane of my life

The very worst example of wedding greed comes in the form of the wedding gift list, which is a smart name for begging

Up and away: Holly Bleasdale parted company with her coach Julien Raffalli in highly emotional circumstances

Down-to-earth Holly Bleasdale can scale new heights

Pole vaulter is only 21 in a discipline dominated by thirtysomethings but wants to be the third woman to jump five metres

British jihadist Ibrahim al-Mazwagi, who was killed in February

Footage of first British jihadist killed in Syria shows him claiming he had family’s support

Ibrahim al Mazwagi was killed in February this year aged 21

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform