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Now that the last laptop computer and toilet-paper dispenser have been liquidated from the once-mighty Circuit City, some very...<p>Most designers, be they graphic or interior, consult their Pantone fan guide when considering hues.<p>Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its …

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The Knowledge: How to take holiday photographs

<b>Keep it real</b><p>Don’t compete with postcard photography when there is usually such a varied, culturally rich array of subjects to capture off the beaten track on holiday. Immerse yourself in local routine: start in a market, go to local barbers, launderettes, restaurants and bars. Commuter routes are …

Passport photographs of celebrities - in pictures

The passport photograph is the most universal and democratic form of portraiture ever invented. Everyone has to obey the same rules: eyes forward, no grinning. But, as these passports of the stars reveal, even the brutality of the photo booth cannot dim true glamour

National Archives: Margaret Thatcher vetoed William Hague job in 1983

Margaret Thatcher blocked William Hague's appointment as a political adviser to the Treasury at the age of only 21, saying it would be an embarrassment to the government.<p>Thatcher responded characteristically strongly to the Treasury suggestion that Hague – now Britain's foreign secretary – might be …

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The Plagues We’re Least Prepared For

If I asked you to name an infectious disease that has the potential to really screw us over, what would you pick? Maybe you’d choose flu, HIV or Ebola. Perhaps you’d name an upstart like MERS, or a more established threat like malaria or tuberculosis.<p>But how many of you named potato blight, rice …

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

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The Epic Life of Carlos Santana

His meditation spot is in front of the fireplace. On Carlos Santana‘s property in San Rafael, California, about twenty minutes north of San …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

Nicolas Cage: 'People think I'm not in on the joke' The castles. The cars. The out-there acting. The 108-day marriage to Lisa Marie Presley. Nicolas Cage has a reputation for excess – but we've got him all wrong, he says http://t.gu.com/n8fYl Photograph: Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication

In Guardian Review: Why do writers drink? Does it help writers to drink? Certainly Jack Kerouac, Dylan Thomas, John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald thought so. But, wonders Blake Morrison, are the words on the page there despite and not because of alcohol? http://t.gu.com/n8iYA Photograph: Renee Keith/Getty Images

Sali Hughes's 25 top fixes to keep you looking young – without surgery From fringes to facials, our resident beauty expert picks her top anti-ageing treatments http://t.gu.com/n8gR2 Photograph: Perou for the Guardian

From Not The Nine O’Clock News to The Tall Guy: Mel Smith top 10 comedy moments

A look back at some of the comedy highlights of Mel Smith’s career…<p><b>Actor and comedian Mel Smith, who has died aged 60</b>, was responsible for some …

Brexit or Brinfluence?

ON JULY 15th a triumvirate of politicians declared their support for Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU). Peter Mandelson, a former …

Nigel Slater: how to make the perfect summer lunch Crab toasts with samphire, grilled langoustines, chicken salad with melon, and strawberry cream meringue cake… simple seasonal food to eat outside http://t.gu.com/n8kHc Photo: Crab toasts with samphire and radishes. Credit: Jonathan Lovekin for Observer Food Monthly

Theology by handcuffs

IN A recent posting, I noted that the European Union had put forward some detailed ideas about how religious freedom should be fostered outside its …

Royal baby: Kate Middleton admitted to hospital in early stages of labour

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace has confirmed.<p>Kate Middleton was admitted to …