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Boy George (38) was the singer with Culture Club, which had a string of hits in the Eighties, beginning with 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?'. The band split up in 1986, but has recently re-formed, had its first hit for 12 years, 'I Just Wanna Be Loved', and is touring Britain this month. In 1994, Boy George co-wrote his autobiography, Take It Like A Man, in which he discussed his heroin addiction. Now also a DJ, he lives in Hampstead with his dogs, Trojan and Elvis. Philip Sallon (47) worked in the costume department of the Royal Opera House during the Eighties. Since 1963 he has run the Mud Club; he also organised the launch party for Boy George's autobiography. He lives alone in St John's Wood

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Have you noticed the uncanny way celebrities' and models' hair grows faster than everybody else's? It's been bugging me for years. Madonna has shortish hair one day, and long hair the next. Pammy Anderson has rat's tails in the tabloids and a thick gleaming mane on TV. Aristocratic model Honor Fraser cuts off her beautiful dark hair, her agents go mad, and a few weeks later it's long again. Tara Palmer Tomkinson goes from trademark bob to long for her sister's wedding. Denise van Outen's hair is up and down like a yo-yo. Boy George makes a pop-starry comeback and, lo and behold, the little plaits and the hat are back. I now know they all use hair extensions at pounds 200 to pounds 500 a pop, and I don't mean to rant, but I'm jealous.


As if London's media bores need any more excuses to go drinking together, The Media Club has just popped up to service the needs of the Noho crew (that's North of Soho to you). An outraged Daily Mail photographer was escorted out as I arrived for the launch (a good sign) followed by a Sky film crew going in (not so good). The club itself was piney, smelt of paint and reminded me of nothing so much as an aerobics studio. Tory Conference Ikea furniture hovered ethereally around the edges while a jazz band gamely sang to themselves in the absence of any interest from the guests. Meanwhile, the chosen few were flexing their drinking muscles, trowelling in the free food and regaling each other with tales of their own magnificence. I think, in media terms, that qualifies as a success.

Fashion: deja voodoo

FOOTBALL AND night-life have more than clubs in common - the clothes are largely the same, too. Since 1990 (when, in the run-up to Italia 90. the England squad recorded "E for England" with the indie-dance pioneers New Order), clubwear has been largely a meeting of street style and the functional minimalism of sports clothing.

We made it feel mighty real

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Hot Thing: Coloured Mascara

EIGHTIES REVIVALISM is creeping back, but it's sharp rather than silly: more Brian Ferry than Boy George. Coloured mascara is everywhere, but the starting point was surely the McQueen Autumn/Winter show (pictured), with white faces, pink lashes and contact lenses. This "albino chic" is a little high-maintenance but many cosmetics companies have caught on and toned it down.

Media: Time to give tradition a dose of Thursday night fever

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We ask the questions (such as: You no longer take drugs or drink to excess. So, Boy George, name your vice)

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The human condition: My lawless youth

With an amendment before the House to reduce the age of consent for gay teenagers to 16, Paul Burston remembers growing up criminalised for being queer

Going the extra mile

Birmingham's football clubs may not be as successful as sides from neighbouring Manchester and Liverpool, but England's second city still leads the clubbing league table. Revellers who are willing to travel the extra mile for new excitement will invariably find themselves in the Midlands at weekends.

Boys turn to men: disco Heaven grows up into a meeting place for more mature gays

HEAVEN is getting older and its ageing angels are no longer into dancing till dawn. Next weekend Britain's premier gay nightclub is closing for a facelift to ensure that it stays in tune with its clientele's changing tastes, writes Clare Garner.

Travolta shows his true Primary Colors

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