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NEW DEBUT. On Tuesday, a 16-year-old schoolgirl who introduced herself as Ebony G spent her first night in London. Ebony, who supplements the money she makes behind the bar of a Nottingham pub by cheesecake modelling (kit on, swimsuits, lingerie), was accompanied by her mentor John Stoddart, the portrait photographer. He had arranged for her to step off the train into a cab which deposited her at Che, the cigar bar in London's St James's. When OK! magazine arrived, the shooting started and, before you could say "whipsmart", little Ebony was in the frame with Che's owner, Hani Farsi, as Lisa I'Anson DJ'ed. Also on show were Paul Boateng, New Labour's junior home office minister; Ozwald Boateng, the Savile Row tailor; Steven Berkoff, the media hyphenate; and Jeffrey Archer, sometime novelist turned full-time London mayoral candidate, who was enjoying the daylight before...

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... NIGHT FALLS and the action shifts to Camden's Roundhouse for the De La Guarda premiere. The show features paper stunts, audience participation and flying. "It's like Soylent Green," one space cadet said, referring to the cult sci-fi film Nicole and Natalie Appleton were there with Johnny Lee Miller, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Vanessa Feltz and Tony Kaye.

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MEANWHILE AT the Met Bar, which hosted Bruce Springsteen's post-Wembley thrash, security was so tight that zealous bouncers refused Ong Beng Seng (aka BS Ong), the billionaire Singaporean proprietor of the Metropolitan, admission to his own property.

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ACROSS TOWN in King's Cross, the resurgent Scala Cinema hosted a hedonistic thrash for Russ Meyer. The veteran director of skinflicks such as Supervixens, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill Kill and Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens sat quietly at a table in the Scala's VVIP bar, dressed in a sharp Western jacket. Gail Porter (pictured), Jarvis Cocker and Frank Skinner were faces in the buzzing crowd. Suddenly it was showtime and Meyer stepped on stage with 14 dancing girls. They stripped; he signed their bosoms (and sundry other body parts) with a felt-tip. Ten minutes after Meyer left, Hugh Hefner arrived. And how...

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THE MAN knows how to make an entrance: the Playboy boss was accompanied by a phalanx of security, a talent-spotter, a personal handler, six blondes and one brunette. Among the blondage were Heather Kozar - the Playmate of the Year - and Sandy, Mandy and Brande, Hef's current gleesome threesome. Sandy and Mandy are identical twins; the London-Cannes jaunt is Hef's 21st birthday gift to the duo. But someone else had a little surprise of their own... yes, Ebony G was all over Hef like a cheap fur coat. The newly expanded entourage hit Chinawhite, the Piccadilly night-club, which presented the twins with matching heart-shaped strawberry birthday cakes. The muscle cleared the dance floor and things got down and dirty.

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FASCINATION FACTOR: Pandoraphiles may recall an item here earlier this month about Hef being taken ill at a party at his mansion in Holmby Hills. Fact: discreetly positioned next to the Playboy boss's warm body at all times was a suited and booted middle-aged man: Mark Saginor, Hef's personal physician.

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CANNES IT. Alison Boshoff, a showbiz reporter on the Daily Mail, filed a story headlined "A real Cannes of worms" this week. Mail readers are treated to the gee-whiz disclosure that during the film festival Ewan McGregor, the bad-boy actor, had been drinking all day. Coincidentally, Boshoff, presumably acting on editorial orders, has already filed this season on the Baftas ("an evening of celebration which degenerated into a drunken shambles") and the Brits ("an everyday tale of sex and drinks and..." Well, you take the point). Boshoff is a lively, entertaining and talented young woman. Yet Mail suits seem determined to force her to keep rewriting the same story. Why?

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