Arts and Entertainment Matthew Wright and Joey Essex during the Bushtucker Trial

Chat show host Matthew Wright ended up empty-handed despite forcing down a five-course meal of jungle critters and exotic animals in tonight's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!.

Too much too young

By the age of six, she was an old hand at strutting her stuff in sequins and make-up. Then she was dead. The murder of JonBenet Ramsey has shocked America into reaction against the `pageant' industry - beauty contests for children.

Miss World buttons her lip

One day after being crowned Miss World amid protests against the beauty pageant, Irene Kliva of Greece, above, posed for photographers but dodged questions about the controversy.

Inside, Miss World finalists will parade with elephants; outside protesters threaten to set themselves alight

Thousands of security guards have been recruited in an attempt to prevent disruption of tonight's Miss World contest in Bangalore by angry feminists, some of whom are threatening to set fire to themselves.

All dressed up with few places left to go ...

Like Baby Doc Duvalier of Haiti and General Manuel Noriega of Panama before her, Miss World treks from continent to continent as a refugee in search of a friendly home.

We'll set ourselves ablaze insist beauty protesters

Bangalore, India (Reuter) - An Indian woman again threatened to upstage Miss World's crowning moment by setting herself ablaze after a court said yesterday that the beauty pageant can go ahead. One man burnt himself to death last week to protest against the show, which opponents say offends women and Indian culture.

Bad smell for Miss World

Sixteen women were arrested after smearing cow dung and tar on the outside walls of the Bangalore office of the Miss World beauty contest's official Indian sponsors.

Miss World costume drama

First they tried to run the chickens out of town. Now they're after the girls. The same protesters in the south Indian city of Bangalore who recently tried to close down the fast-food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken, are now threatening to sabotage the Miss World pageant.

Top guard for Miss World

Top guard for Miss World

Letter: Stop playing fiscal fantasy football

Sir: Your campaign to highlight the parlous state of our public finances is not, I am afraid, having much success. In the current climate of pre-election politics, the predictable response has been for each party to say to the other, "You will raise [have raised] taxes, I will [have] cut them."

Labour looks favourite for the fiscal beauty contest

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Blair's big beauty contest

The winners of yesterday's shadow cabinet elections cannot rest on their laurels. How they perform from now on is what will determine their chances of a place in a Blair government

Rebuff for Blair as shadow team faces snap poll

A snap election for Tony Blair's Shadow Cabinet in two weeks' time seems almost certain as significant opposition to the proposal failed to materialise in Westminster yesterday.

Week in week out

Today Henley Regatta first took to the water in 1839, when the action was on the river rather than in the hospitality tents. Another Thames fixture, Jerome K Jerome, who wrote the classic Three Men in a Boat, laughed his last in 1927.

Catwalk queen trades pageants for power

LOCAL HERTOS: Irene Saez

My night with Oscar

I WANT to thank my mother and my father and anyone who managed to survive the Nazi concentration camps and every director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and minor star or starlet I've slept with to get where I am today - you know who you are - and all the kids in my kindergarten class who said I'd never get anywhere and the comet currently circling the earth that betokens good fortune and happy times, and the food in my fridge which got me through the less happy times as well as my liquor cabinet (I have a way with a Martini), and of course my dog and my goldfish and all the manufacturers of dog-food and fish-food, thank you so much, and the telephone which has connected me to my agent, my manager and my shrink during the last suspenseful months (at any time of day or night), the florists and fruiterers who helped me to communicate with the judges, the advertisers, PR people and spin-doctors (who got me through that little incident at the diner), my beauty therapist (a world-renowned eyebrow stylist), my masseur and swimming coach, my body double who made up for their shortcomings, my new breasts, my old breasts, such as they were, my feet on which I somehow made it to this platform after hearing my name called, you really did mean ME, didn't you?, my baby-sitter who toilet-trained me, my English teacher in high-school who said I should try a bit harder, the Q-tip swabs with which I polished my ears tonight, Prozac of course, Jane Austen, the President of the United States, astronauts, the moon - thank you all, I love you - oh, and my kids, Harry Beth Sue Angela Mark and Jarvis, thank you thank you thank you ...
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