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Ms D'Auriol had stayed overnight at the clinic after undergoing plastic surgery

Film: Videowatch

Slums of Beverly Hills (15), to rent

American Times Los Angeles: Telephone hell in the City of Angels

IN LOS ANGELES, your telephone area code is who you are. A bit like postcodes in London, or arrondissement numbers in Paris, area codes have connotations far beyond the bureaucratic shorthand in which they were conceived.

The Resurrection

EVERYONE THOUGHT MICHAEL MILKEN, THE DISGRACED JUNK BOND KING, WAS WASHED UP. BUT HE'S BACK - AND THIS TIME HE'S GOING TO HELP SAVE MANKIND

The knack: How to be a Beverly Hills butler

"Forget everything modern and trendy. You need to be a terrific snob and have a plummy voice, otherwise it simply doesn't work. To get the performance right, you have to model yourself on fictional characters - read Wodehouse and watch John Gielgud's performance in Arthur, it's perfection. Like these examples, you need precisely the right blend of unctuousness and contempt - but only offering your opinion on your employer's behaviour if asked. Remember that a good butler must always be ready with an apparently spontaneous epigram, preferably a dry one.

Fake prince stole gems worth pounds 2m

A STUDENT who posed as the brother of the Sultan of Brunei to lure gem dealers to London before robbing them of jewellery worth pounds 2m was jailed yesterday.

Film: It's my film and I'll cry if I want to

Todd Solondz, director of Happiness, says success hasn't changed him. He was miserable before. He still is. By Xan Brooks

Brunei feud hits Dorchester

Sultan wants London hotel to help curb his profligate brother

Travel: The City of Angels on two wheels

Think of Los Angeles and gas-guzzling cars on seven-lane freeways spring to mind. But Iain Millar, undeterred, cycled through the smog

Basketball: Letter From Los Angeles - Rodman one-man volcano

Basketball eccentric Dennis Rodman has moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. The question is, while he is ready for LA, is the city of LA ready for him?

Barf me out! Even Valley Girls grow up

Sherman Oaks, shrine to a curious 1980s Californian cult, is to close. Andrew Gumbel gives the last rites

Fur flies over Beverly Hills coat warning

TRYING TO tell the pampered citizens of Beverly Hills not to wear fur coats is like trying to tell Romans not to eat pasta. But that does not mean, in this land of limitless possibility, that someone isn't going to try.

LA rebels plan breakaway `white city'

LOS ANGELES is the city that everyone loves to hate - including, it seems, 200,000 of its inhabitants.

Sparkling company

America may be a republic but it has an aristocracy - the tiara- toting, social-whirling queens of Beverly Hills. Andrew Gumbel is granted an audience. Photographs by Robert Yager

Santa's rich pickings

NOT LONG ago, while flying on a friend's private jet, I stumbled upon the Christmas issue of a magazine for rich people called the Robb Report. I had never heard of the Robb Report, and was surprised to see that it has been published regularly for at least 15 years. My friend's copy was a special issue, containing the "15th Annual Ultimate Gift Guide'', in which the magazine's editors collect goods and services pertinent to "the luxury lifestyle''.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas