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Pensioners ape 'Rocky', 'Titanic', 'Bond' and more

Italian cities to outlaw scooters

ITALY'S CITIES may soon find themselves deprived of one of their defining features, but it is not crumbling ruins or leaning towers that are under threat.

Stars who never say diet

Imagine an agricultural world just one step away from our own, where the little chickens, realising that their puffy breasts are below accepted standard will prance about trying to enhance them. Happy porkers will trotter along treadmills to reduce their bellyfat and guzzle hormones and nutritional supplements for ever leaner, ever healthier meat. Cows will delay reproducing to improve their career possibilities in milk production. Sheep will still follow one another; but now they make sure you know they do it out of choice. Animals, after all, are bred for a purpose; surely if they could be encouraged to take that purpose to heart and follow a voluntary route to improved consumability we would be entering a perfect future?

Letter: National carnage

National carnage

Letter: Roman holiday

WE WERE surprised to see our computer collage showing a day view of our Progetto ArcoBaleno 2000 (hotel bridges for Rome) credited to the Green Hotelier Magazine ("Eternal City's great Millennium show", 11 January).

Daily choice

Show: Chicks with Flicks, King's Head, London N1 (0171-226 1916) 7pm & 9pm

Diana was planning to become a movie star

Remember the "big surprise" that Diana, Princess of Wales, was promising to spring on the world just before her untimely death in Paris in August? We have all since thought it was about Dodi. But perhaps it was about Kevin.

Style police: Move over, Marilyn...

Slinky pencil skirts, cute stilettoes - the sex kitten is back, says James Sherwood

West End dream becomes reality for unknown actress

It is the stuff that dreams are made of - the star pulls out of a West End show and the unknown actor is plucked from oblivion to play the leading role.

Emily Lloyd walks out on West End

The actress Emily Lloyd last night pulled out of Pygmalion - her West End debut. Neither her agent, publicist, nor the play's producers would comment on her sudden departure.

I squeeze each violation out of him, until we reach, with a shudder, `She shoved her hand down my jeans'

It's Saturday afternoon and I'm catching a disco nap. That's correct, a "disco nap". Say it with me: disco nap. That stolen hour that every dancing queen grabs at the weekend because he knows he'll be - what is the happening phrase? - "shaking that groove thang" until some ungodly, and unsightly, time on Sunday morning. So, I'm asleep, having my absolutely favourite dream, the one where Vinnie Jones begs to carry my love child and I force him to repeat the word "terracotta" over and over, when, suddenly, I'm jolted awake, and am experiencing that terrible moment when my I realise my eyes are wide open but everything's dark, and I imagine I'm the star of a Hollywood melodrama, you know, the sort where there's been a terrible collision between the heroine's face and the script, and the audience is waiting for the bandages to come off to see if she's blind, but then I remember I've simply forgotten to remove my eye mask. Again.

Sarah Thomas is leaving school to model. Good move?

In her autumn half-term, 16-year-old Sarah Thomas earned pounds 6,500 a day on the New York catwalks. Her intention was merely to dabble in modelling as a way of earning money in the school holidays. Some dabbling. Thomas quickly found herself being offered the new Cover Girl cosmetics campaign, a post previously filled by the Danish/Peruvian supermodel, Helena Christensen. Despite a rumoured six-figure sum, the girl from Norwich turned it down, determined that nothing should interfere with her school work.

Who's a Pretty Boy Then?

What makes a photograph gay? Is it the subject matter, or in the way it is perceived? James Gardiner trawled public and private archives to find out

Lend me your voice

THEATRE Showstopper Arts Theatre, London

Bollywood hero

Matinee idol Dev Anand has been seducing audiences for 50 years. As a tribute to him opens in the UK, Lalit Mohan Joshi meets the Gregory Peck of the Indian film industry
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

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Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

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After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

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Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

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Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

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Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

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Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

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