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AS IF NOTTING HILL wasn't already stuffed with achingly fashionable eateries, since November its fun-loving inhabitants have had a new watering hole. Dakota, new baby sister to the established Montana in Fulham, is an attempt by directors Drew Barwick and Kevin Finch to bring "contemporary American" cuisine to London - there are plans for further venues later this year. Here, you can enjoy your grilled Iowa rib eye steak or jalapeno polenta with New World wine in feng-shui'd surroundings almost reminiscent of the birch and maple forests of the American north-west - well, kind of. The partitions, at any rate, are made of very authentic-looking logs. Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney and Boy George have all been sighted.

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`Don't be expecting too much," said Ure as he took the stage. "We've only had one rehearsal, and this is the second." He needn't have bothered, for we were all too busy craning forward to see if those legendary sideburns still ended in their trademark point, which, unfortunately, they didn't. Once upon a time, the spirit of the age resided in the rakish angle of Ure's facial hair. Way back when, a generation had watched enraptured as the sideboards had grown from the bum-fluff of teeny-bop combo Slik (remember those baseball jackets?), to the punkish edge of the Rich Kids (Ure plus ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock), and onwards to the finely honed point of New Romantics Ultravox, dry-ice kings of the early pop-video age. Then, Midge was rock-bloke No1, aide-de-camp to General Geldof in the Ethiopian campaign, fond uncle to troubled youngsters Boy George and Marilyn and provider of sensitive trouser advice to Spandau Ballet. "They said there'd be a young audience," Ure said to the respectably full house of fans from his bygone days. "You're not, so why should we be?" replied a wit in the audience, as the pomp and circumstance of the opening number, "Fade to Grey" (a hit for Steve Strange's Visage), began to rattle over the PA.

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Boy George, the former star of the pop group Culture Club, became "obsessed" with a male musician and tried to "out" him as a homosexual after inventing a relationship between the two men, the High Court was told yesterday.
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