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Even after 120 years, all roads still lead to Crufts

Fast, powerful, highly athletic, but most importantly for this Weimaraner, highly photogenic – the greatest dog show on earth is on at the Birmingham NEC. Thousands of dogs and owners turned out for the first day of the annual Crufts dog show yesterday, celebrating its 120th anniversary.

Goldie: 'I was waiting with a shotgun, ready to do this bird's geezer'

Bikram Yoga makes me feel 19 again I used to go on tour, get shit-faced after gigs then pass out. Now I just perform, and the next morning I'm like, "Where's the nearest yoga studio?" Physically you see a lot of changes, but it's the energy I have that's so amazing. I did an early-morning session recently and Ozzy [Osborne] was there and I thought, "Who would have thought 10 years later we'd be in a yoga studio at 7am?"

The Equality Illusion, By Kat Banyard

The sexism that still divides modern society

Wide Awake, By Patricia Morrisroe

Personal narrative of sleepless nights will have you yawning...

Prunella Stack: The ‘perfect girl’ of the 1930s who led the Women’s League of Health and Beauty

Prunella Stack pioneered women's fitness programmes and was dubbed the "perfect girl" by the press. As head of the 1930s Women's League of Health and Beauty she was the driving force behind an organisation that touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of women all over the world. She appeared to live her own life according to the League's motto, "Movement is Life", and was still encouraging women to exercise up till two years ago.

Prunella Stack: Motivational leader of the Women's League of Health and Beauty

Prunella Stack pioneered women's fitness programmes and was dubbed the "perfect girl" by the press.

Being Modern: Internet dating

So, you're at a party. It's a bit different, as everyone's flirting. A disproportionate number of men are detailing their extreme outdoor-leisure activities or sharing snaps of themselves with small children. They are not commitment-phobes. Meanwhile, the women – the most popular of whom may casually mention their yogic talent/Swedish descent/independence (but not their broodiness) – are wondering whether the chaps in hats are hiding bald patches.

February, By Lisa Moore

Inspired by a real event – the sinking of an oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland in 1982 – February tells the story of how one woman's life is irrevocably shaped by the tragedy.

DVD: Police, Adjective (12A)

This Romanian policier is less a cops'n'crims chase than a meditation on the actual slog of a police investigation.

Bruce Parry: 'The greatest journey of my life has been figuring out who I am'

A rite of passage is important for many young people It's why I joined the Marines: to prove myself. But societies all over the world use this youthful angst to fight wars. You go to an area such as the Omo Valley, Ethiopia [where Parry stayed with the Nyangatom tribe], and the different tribes are essentially cousins who've developed a separate identity to fight for the scarce resources there. The elders play on the young men's sense of pride, wind them up and send them off on a killing spree. We do that in our society, too, albeit in a more civilized way.

The Hare With Amber Eyes, By Edmund de Waal

As a young man the ceramicist, Edmund de Waal was fascinated by a set of Japanese thimble-sized figurines ("netsuke") kept by his great-uncle Iggie in a locked vitrine in his Tokyo apartment.

Meditation school to transfer to state sector

Britain is set to get its first state school dedicated to the values of transcendental meditation. A private school run by followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi will transfer to the state sector in September.

Walcott's meditation on dying wins poetry prize

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott was honoured with Britain's most prestigious award for poetry last night when he won the TS Eliot prize.

Trespass, By Rose Tremain

Culture clash, murder mystery, portrait of a place, meditation on the sands of time: Tremain's latest novel packs several genres into its disputed patch of French rural ground. In the lovely, doom-laden hills of the Cévennes, faded London antiques dealer Anthony, lover of handsome furniture and youths, seeks a quaint mas to act as his final rampart of beauty against age.

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Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

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Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

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