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The seven-time Formula one world champion is fighting for his life after suffering serious head injuries, with a helmet camera he was wearing hoping to reveal more information about the accident

Real Bodies: THE TIES THAT BIND

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Fashion: On the street - Time for a change

Four women were photographed before and after a make-over at London's Cover Girls salon. Hannah Hunter heard their stories

Rugby Union: Ntamack assumes the Blanco role

EMILE NTAMACK has been labouring under the weight of the "new Serge Blanco" tag ever since he made his international debut against Wales five years ago.

Meanings of Christmas: The seasonal silence of a blank greeting

Meanings of Christmas: The modern Church has abandoned the ambiguity of the image and taken refuge in the dull safety of words. It is time to revert to ancient instincts

Shops stage black protest over Kurds

THE UNITED colours of Benetton have all turned black in Turkey. Only black clothing is on display in the shopfronts of Benetton's 171 outlets in the country. Some have festooned their windows with black ribbon. The only splash of colour permitted is the red Turkish flag.

Fashion: 5 Ways to wear - Wool

Adapt the bohemian look for winter by piling on layers of clashing colours and fabrics: try lime with burgundy, satin with boiled wool. The happiest dressers this season will be those who can revert to childhood and, like 10-year-old girls plundering their mothers' wardrobes, pull vests over jumpers, high heels over long socks. Just be playful, a little silly, and have fun

Hundreds protest at death of hamster in jeans advert

PROVING THE old adage that the best way to offend the British public is to do something unpleasant to a small animal, television watchdogs have been swamped with complaints about an advert that apparently shows a dead hamster.

Shopping: What the best-dressed walls are wearing this season

When is magnolia not magnolia? When it's a heritage white. From clothes retailers to the National Trust, designer paint ranges are all the rage.

Bennetton pays lip service to conflict

AFTER snogging nuns, copulating horses and dying Aids victims, the latest Benetton catalogue is expected to arouse its usual level of controversy.

Imports pound UK companies

WHEN Italy's Benetton Group chose London for its flagship megastore in September 1996, it was persuaded by the same reasons that prompted Newsweek to call London "The World's Coolest City" in November that year.

Motor racing: Benetton in tyre switch to Bridgestone

Benetton unveiled their new car yesterday and announced they were switching to Bridgestone tyres for the forthcoming season.

Rugby Union: Italy show themselves worthy of inclusion

Italy 37 Ireland 22

FADANGO

If you have a little doggy and you want to give him an extra-special treat this Chrimble, look no further. Harrods Pet Shop has the perfect gift. If you have pounds 12,500 to spare - which I'm sure the majority of us do, of course - then this neo-classical dog kennel is for you. It is based on a design from Count Alarico Palmieri's home (the Count and I go back years), who is a passionate collector of antique dog paintings and sculptures. The "meticulously crafted kennel" is finished in gold leaf, with front and back entrances and luxury velvet cushion for doggy dog to moult and slobber over - great. Still, if you don't want to waste such a ludicrous amount of money on your doggy, you could always opt for these alternatives - a jewelled dog collar, making your beloved pooch the perfect target for muggers, or a simple, shiny, silver, jewelled dog bowl. I'm sure my dog would prefer a long walk in the park and a job lot of Chappie. If I had a dog, that is.

THE PROMOTER OF PEACE (AND T-SHIRTS)

Oliviero Toscani is photographing his latest campaign for Benetton in the Middle East. What does high-street fashion's most notorious creative director think he's up to?

Bristol short of that million-dollar look

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