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Mar 27, 2015

For all your Easter dancing/romancing needs…

It's the longest one of the year. Weekend that is. The beginning of the Bank Holiday season (another one beginning of May, another one end of May!) and one of the best opportunities for a big night out. Which is where the men-only Brut, which is already taking over third-Saturday-of-the-months, comes in. Because it's doing it on Easter Sunday. With no school on the Monday!

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Mar 27, 2015

Look at this big red thing! Sounds nice too!

There we were perusing the design wares in the boutique at Paris's Pompidou Centre - we'd had lunch at Georges, seen the Jeff Koons exhibition - and what should we come across but this gorgeous thing. It's a Pillar by Stelle (which has an accent on the last 'e' but we can't find it on this typewriter), it's a bluetooth speaker type thing and it is simply marvellous!

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Mar 27, 2015

Could this be the best documentary of the year? Easily peasily!

Meet Pam. She is an ex-crack addict and hooker and the star of master documentary maker Nick Broomfield's newest - and best ever! - documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper. It's not very showbiz or ooh la la but it is funny and intriguing and angering and on Sky Atlantic on Monday. And you might pick up a couple of fashion tips. The story? Are you sitting comfortably?

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Mar 25, 2015

Bored? Then while away, ooh, 173 seconds by filling in this survey. And you could win something!

That something is £100-worth of vouchers from London's glittering House of Fraser. And the survey's about going on holiday. So it's hardly Only Connect. 

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Mar 06, 2015

We don’t only want the record, we want the sunglasses!

Meet Annie Philippe. Hello! She's French. Oh, bonjour! Salut even. She is an icon of French pop from the 1960s and we were just thinking it would make a nice change to your record collection, which, let's face it, is getting a little heavy on the songs written by Sia of late. Lucky this smart little compilation came along at just the right time then. It's called Sensationel! *keys it into Google Translate* or Sensational and it's just that. Sensas, as they say in the Marais. The Ye Ye Bonbons thing we think has something to do with sweets.

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Mar 06, 2015

You deserve nice things. No, you do! Sometimes, anyway

For those of us who like going out for foods and drinkstuffs but are often more impressed by the decor than the f&b (food and beverage) - well, once you've nailed a dirty martini, where is there to go from there? - a new book has just turned up to give us ideas of bars and restaurants where it's all about presentation and never mind the content. No, that's not fair. Most of these places actually come up with the goods. It's called Let's Go Out Again and it's a sequel to the highly successful *checks notes* Let's Go Out.

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Mar 06, 2015

Introducing the best horror film in, ooh, 30 years. Without a word of a lie!

Yes, it came out last week but it would be seriously remiss of us if we didn't guide your footsteps to the best horror film since Halloween (it's actually *whispers* even BETTER than Halloween!) It's indie, it's cool, it's thought-provoking and The Telegraph, not your usual horror fan, gave it a full five stars when it appeared at Cannes last year and added that it was the most exciting film at the whole festival. It is It Follows. And it is a work of genius.

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Mar 05, 2015

Win a cruise! With Celebrity Cruises! They’re really good!

You know how we, here at *checks notes* Jake, like to give you nice things? Call it a grammar school education. Anyway, true to type, we've gone and bagged you something rather nice - gorgeous in fact - that will improve your life significantly. For three days, anyway. It's a cruise, it's for two people, and this is how it works...

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