Journalist Chen Ying reports dressed in her wedding gown after an earthquake hit Ya'an, Sichuan province. Chen was having make-up applied before her wedding ceremony when the earthquake struck, and carried on with the ceremony after a quick report on the street

Video: The world's most beautiful bride?

When an earthquake hit Sichuan province on Saturday, news reporter Chen Ying was having her make up applied in preparation for her wedding.

Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French

Vicar of Dibley ties the knot? Dawn French reportedly married in Cornish town

Dawn French has married her partner Mark Bignell in a Cornish seaside town, it was reported today.

'That's amore': Pierce Brosnan with Trine Dyrholm in Italy
The coffin of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is carried by the Bearer Party as it arrives for her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral

Thatcher's funeral: Someone in front of me unfurled a banner reading ‘But we loved her’

Aside from the quiet, what struck me most was the heterogeneity of the crowd

A coffin is carried up the steps of St Paul's Cathedral during a rehearsal for the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher funeral: Demonstrators 'given go-ahead' to turn backs on coffin during procession as guerilla protest plans gather pace

Nearly 300 protesters sign-up to turn backs on former Prime Minister's coffin during procession

Hurrah for exploding props and nosy dogs

Sadler's Wells isn't where you go to hear folk tunes; it's the home of top-flight ballet. But the audience at Thursday's opening night of Petrushka was treated to a brief burst of Irish song when – after a cock-up with a rope ladder – the director burst on stage to keep everyone entertained. It was a brilliant bit of improvisation by Michael Keegan-Dolan, the youthful Dubliner. He sang; the hitch was fixed, and a warm fuzzy feeling enveloped the auditorium when the show went on. Everyone felt they were in it together.

Justin Poore show of temper leaves Wakefield at mercy of Sam Tomkins

Wakefield scored more points against Wigan than any side this season and are bound to wonder what they might have done yesterday if they had not played for 70 minutes with 12 men.

Weddings at the RSC: Where the course of true love runs smooth

The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering its Stratford theatre up as a venue for marriage ceremonies – and has just held its first ever wedding open day.

Jonathan Slinger (Hamlet)

Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

David Farr's new take on Hamlet takes place in what looks like the fencing gym of a run-down public school.

Millie Mackintosh shows off her engagement ring on Twitter

Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green announce engagement

The pair got engaged in Paris and announced the news on Twitter

The Monday Book: The Unknown Bridesmaid, By Margaret Forster

The corrosive effect of guilt is at the centre of Margaret Forster's latest novel. Julia, a child psychologist, observes a young girl with severe behavioural issues.

Moss Bros is upbeat, but not suited by the weather

Retailer Moss Bros has warned that cash-strapped consumers are delaying hiring suits for weddings, and recent trading had been dampened by the wintry weather.

Phone home: Vlod and Sasha with family at their wedding

Grace Dent on TV: A Very British Wedding

I don't know why this wedding involves a vodka syringe, but if you actually like people it's a delight

Last Night's Viewing: A Very British Wedding, BBC2
The Mimic, Channel 4

The title of A Very British Wedding is a bit of a tease. It relies on the assumption that most of us will read it with an unwitting cultural parochialism, sketching a picture in our heads of a country church, a bride in white and men in tailcoats. And then you watch and find that it's actually about a Punjabi wedding or an Eastern European one and you're meant, I guess, to do a slightly guilty double-take and say, "Oh... of course... the definition of British is so much more interesting than it used to be."

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A Syrian general speaks

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Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
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Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
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Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
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The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain