Pandora: Harman's history gets a last-minute rewrite

Whoops! Embarrassment over at the Equalities Office, following Harriet Harman's booklet celebrating "women in power".

Liz Hoggard: Don't put your daughter on the stage

What is Madonna doing thrusting 12-year-old Lourdes into the limelight?

Mercy Madonna of Malawi, The World @ St George's West, Edinburgh

People are dying in a Malawian world/ And I am a Malawian girl". It's not quite the joyful paean to excess and consumerism that Madonna had in mind. But then the Material Girl also probably never imagined that one day she'd be played on stage by a 6ft tall Malawian man wearing a blonde wig, giant star-shaped sunglasses and a silky pink nightie.

Rhiannon Harries: Madge, it's time to stop changing before you forget who you are

If necessity is the mother of invention, what is it that begets reinvention? Every time I clap eyes on a celebrity's "amazing new look" on the cover of anything from OK! to Vogue, I'm tempted to conclude that, when it comes to self-reinvention, insecurity and desperation are primary motivators.

Mika, Roundhouse, London

Sugary pop too sweet to digest

Pandora: Worrall Thompson lands in the soup (again)

Residents of Peppard, Oxfordshire, were yesterday treated to the sight of chefs Antony Worrall Thompson and Ainsley Harriott celebrating the relaunch of Worrall Thompson's Greyhound pub, which was closed last year after the administrators were called in.

The Word On Pop... Dan Black, Un

"Black has yet to score a chart hit, which is a shame given the flashes of genuine talent on show. It's these flashes, however, that highlight the shortcomings of some of the other tracks, leaving plenty of room for improvement for that difficult second album." - musicomh.com

Pandora: No change at Garrick – even for Kate and Libby

Seventeen years after members of London's exclusive Garrick Club voted against lifting their ban on female members, Pandora hears of another thwarted stab at reform.

Madonna to 'cocoon' new adopted daughter

Madonna will "cocoon" her new daughter Mercy in Britain over the coming days while the pair bond, it was reported today.

Pandora: Hain delayed on long walk to publication

Pandora very much hopes that we won't have to wait too long for Peter Hain's promised book.

Madonna's Mercy adoption back on track

Madonna will reportedly be granted permission to adopt a Malawian orphan by three appeal judges.

Britney Spears, 02, London

Her troubles have been well documented but the pop princess is back, and she's cracking the whip

'Former manager' ordered to stay away from Britney Spears

A judge yesterday ordered Britney Spears' former self-styled manager Sam Lutfi to stay away from the pop star for three years, after the singer's father accused Lutfi of trying to undermine the conservatorship Spears lives under. 

Pandora: Pound's hot date with high society

Stephen Pound broke Pandora's heart with his decision not to appear in Westminster's annual variety show earlier this year (previous performances have included a particularly delightful rendition of the Cheeky Girls' "Touch My Bum", for which the tattoo-loving Pound donned a pair of latex hot pants and black wig).

Pandora: It's all over for the Stones, says Dylan

In his latest incarnation as an attention-seeking serial interviewee, Bob Dylan has revived an old rivalry.

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