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CHRISTA ACKROYD, wisecracking Express columnist, was having a go the other day at Madonna, who had been photographed at a fashion show wearing a see-through top. "Is that how she intends to attend parents' evenings?" asked Ms Ackroyd of the 41-year-old mother, and the picture was duly reproduced by the Express so that readers could make their own judgements. Then came the pun. "Sorry, Madonna," wrote the indignant Ms Ackroyd, "you boobed."

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Tramp is where Joan Collins and Roger Moore used to hang out, the nightclub that inspired The Stud. But if, after 30 years, you think it sounds more Austin Powers than cutting edge - well, you just haven't been Johnny-ed yet

Ashcroft says: I will not quit as treasurer

MICHAEL ASHCROFT has no intention of quitting his post as the treasurer of the Tory party despite mounting speculation over his business dealings, he said yesterday.

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Letter: ITV hits back

Sir: Andrew Neil's criticism of ITV (Media, 1 December) for successfully seeking to move News at Ten is curiously at odds with his libertarian credentials. As a free-marketer, it would have been more logical for him to support ITV's case for the same freedom and flexibility to schedule as is enjoyed by its competitors.

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Branson swears he is sorry

RICHARD BRANSON found himself having to make a double apology yesterday after swearing on air during a live radio interview.

Bad news for 'European'

THE FATE of The European newspaper was in the balance last night, as staff received a notice suggesting that efforts to sell the publication to Time Warner have failed, and the paper will shortly be closed.

Fayed's clean-up trust is dissolved

A TRUST set up by Mohamed al-Fayed with pounds 1m to clean up British politics has been struck off for failing to file its accounts.

Media: A quiet revolution in Wapping

The Sunday Times has changed. But not so as you'd notice. How typical of its mystery editor.

Policeman on drugs charge

A POLICE officer appeared in court yesterday on drugs and conspiracy charges. Andrew Neil Haigh, 35, a constable with the West Yorkshire force, went before Halifax magistrates charges with possessing amphetamines with intent to supply and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The 1990s are the new 1980s

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Rob Brown's Media Column

Why doesn't The Independent stop bleating about predatory pricing by rival broadsheets and just slash its own cover price to compete? Our readership would instantly balloon and advertising would flood into our Canary Wharf headquarters to compensate for the loss of cover price revenue, wouldn't it?

They're just men behaving successfully

The vast majority of successful men in their 30s or older are married. That doesn't mean they don't envy an ambitious colleague who, unencumbered by wife and children, can devote himself to his career 16 hours a day or more. Highly successful single men don't have to rush home to spend "quality time" with their families.
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