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Stand by for scandal. Sadie Frost, the fashion designer and ringleader of London's notorious "Primrose Hill Set", is soon to pen her tell-all memoirs. Those involved with the project are promising "an amazing story" with "all the gossip" about Frost's two marriages (the actress married Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp when she was 16 and then Jude Law, with whom she has three children) as well as her close friendship with the notoriously secretive Kate Moss.

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Pandora: A Starr reborn hopes fans keep the faith

Ringo Starr hasn't made the most – how to put it? – concerted of efforts to nurture his fan base in recent years.

Pandora: No Romanian holiday for Boris?

Boris Johnson became the first London Mayor to open the World Travel Market last week, riding by train to the venue to cut the ribbon.

Pandora: Now 'bully' Balls sings a different tune

News that Ed Balls has teamed up with the award-winning hip hop stars N-Dubz may, on first impressions at least, raise a few eyebrows.

Pandora: Brown asks aide to help with tricky job of pen-pushing

With Gordon Brown having endured a rotten week even by his standards, it seems steps are being hastily put in place to ensure his letter-writing exploits are kept in check over the coming months.

Pandora: Former Sun editor to pen parable of booze

David Yelland, the former Sun editor turned high-flying publicist, is to try his hand at fiction. He has announced his intention to publish a children's novel, telling the tale of a boy with an alcoholic father.

Pierre White's festive fare is fit for a minister

Department cut back on Christmas parties? Bubbly banned in the Commons? Not to worry, why not head down to Marco Pierre White's place for a little bit of private extravagance?

Pandora: The Trudie Show gets ready for Copenhagen

As politicians, diplomats and scientists around the world prepare to decamp to Copenhagen for December's make-or-break United Nations climate change conference, it occurs to Pandora that one very important guest may have been left off the list.

Pandora: Palin's effort is in vain as Christie takes office

*One person who won't be cracking open the bubbly at the thought of the Republican Chris Christie taking office as Governor of New Jersey is Michael Palin, the English documentary maker and former Python (not to be confused with Sarah, beehived US vice-presidential candidate, of whom the former insists he is no relation).

Pandora: Heckler puts the boot in to ex-PM Howard

John Howard was the second-longest-serving prime minister in Australian history; he is also (probably) the only one ever to come under attack from a university student throwing Dr Martens.

Pandora: Bill makes a date with green-fingered Charles

Ever since his wife's ascent to the office of Secretary of State, the former US president Bill Clinton has clocked up more air miles than U2 on tour.

Pandora: Dale misses out on Oxford Union gig

Calamity over at the Oxford Union, after a second high-profile guest is forced to pull the plug at the last minute.

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We hope Fearne Cotton hasn't bitten off more than she can chew with her series of documentaries for ITV2.

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