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Thomasina Miers' Cultural Diary

Her new book hymns the virtues of the warm, earthy and (who knew?) fat-busting chilli, but the food writer, restaurateur and mother still has time to take in London's cultural highlights

Die young, and leave a pretty corpse

Self-help gurus are trying to convince us that failure is just success waiting to happen. They've forgotten the true, glamorous yet grisly meaning of the word, writes Sean Walsh

Gideon Coe's Cultural Diary

Gideon Coe’s 9pm weeknight show on 6Music is appointment listening for indie kids of all ages. He shares his arts picks for spring and summer

Up North London!

Not an East Londoner? Never fear; there's plenty to keep you occupied elsewhere. This week, we look Northwards for more hip London hideouts

Blue sky drinking

Spring has tentatively sprung and to celebrate, here are a few of our favourite outdoor drinking spots

Cannes Film Festival selection 2014

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh are competing to win the Palme d'Or, joining a short list that also sees the return of Jean-Luc Godard and Ryan Gosling's directing debut