Arts and Entertainment Celebrity Big Brother 2014: Retired boxer Evander Holyfield

The former boxer said being gay was not normal and could be fixed

BOOKS:Big-nosed boy on the offensive

MAN ENOUGH TO BE A WOMAN by Jayne County with Rupert Smith, Serpent's Tail pounds 11.99

A cheap time was had by all

The Club Awards were a glamour-free zone, reports Monique Roffey

A Parnassus of electric gods

THE FABER BOOK OF POP ed. Hanif Kureishi & Jon Savage Faber pounds 16.9 9; Ben Thompson applauds a delicious, presumptuous, epic anthology of writings on pop music and musicians

HOW WE MET ERIN PIZZEY AND BOY GEORGE

Erin Pizzey, 56, spent much of her childhood in the Far East. In 1971 she founded Britain's first refuge for battered women and their children. Twice married and divorced, she lives in Tuscany and the Cayman Islands and has written 10 novels. She has two chi- dren from her first marriage.

Warming up for the weekend

Don't wait until Friday to have a good time, says Alister Morgan

A BIZARRE BODY OF WORK

The night-clubs of Eighties London were full of posers; none could pose like Leigh Bowery, who died on New Year's Eve. Outrageous, absurd, tormented, he wanted to turn himself into an art-form. Did he eventually succeed? line standfirst

MUSIC / Birtwistle goes ape: What drew Harrison Birtwistle to pay homage to Hollywood - the power of modern archetypes, or the lure of kitsch? Mark Pappenheim introduces The Second Mrs Kong

You may well feel you've been here before. But, then, with Harrison Birtwistle, that's half the point. His work is full of recurrent themes - time, the seasons, journeys, death, Orpheus and Eurydice, the Green Man - continually reworked from fresh angles. And the music itself obsessively stalks its subjects, circling around, revealing them from ever changing perspectives, and on shifting timescales.

Capital Gains: I'm the boy you made me . . .

Kevin Hughes causes a genteel riot when he saunters into the Savoy. He is wearing a pair of tartan bondage trousers with a large skirt attachment. His pale foundation contrasts with his false eyelashes, mascara and purple and red lipstick. People gawp and laugh.

No boy by George

A CLAIM that the pop star Boy George, 32, is the father of an eight-year-old child was thrown out of court. A woman in America attempted to sue the former Culture Club singer for maintenance, claiming he was the father of her son, in a case launched last September. Magistrates at the Family Proceedings Court in Marylebone, central London, ruled there was insufficient evidence.

Getting a foot in the fetishist camp: Esther Oxford steps into a magic world of sole and sex

The shoe, says Terry Havilland - known by neighbours as Cobbler to the Stars - is fashion's most erotic tool. The curve of the calf meeting the ankle, or the line from the thigh to the heel, are assets rarely explored by cobblers.

Nightclubs: What a Wag: Unfriendly, elitist and super cool, it nevertheless broke the disco mould. James Style celebrates 10 years of the Wag

April 1984: The national strike by miners continued unabated, WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot outside the Libyan People's Bureau and a small nightclub opened in Soho. Previously a dodgy late-night drinking dive called Whiskey a Go-Go, it was spruced up and renamed The Wag. Clubland would never be the same.

BOOKS / IN THE FRAME: Give me your hand

THE TITLE of Paul Durcan's collection of poems, Give Me Your Hand (Macmillan pounds 9.99), is not as innocent an invitation as it sounds. Seemingly casual and friendly, it is actually an attempt to fix the relation between poet and reader before the book has even been opened.

Saturday Night: To no man's land in lame

You can spot them across six lanes of the Euston Road, these skinny, glittering figures, shoulders hunched against the biting wind, St Pancras station looming in the darkness above them, its neo-Gothic bulk shrouded in plastic sheeting like some post-modern outcrop of Gormenghast castle. Watch them trudge past London's scariest prostitutes, past the piss-stained drunks clutching cans of Tennant's Super, and the hissing crack dealers.

Boy George scoffs at paternity allegation

THE pop star Boy George yesterday denied the claim of a woman living in the US that he was the father of her seven-year-old son.

Style: Use your head to stand out from the crowd: Bizarre hairstyles have never been more popular - and not just with the young. Tamsin Blanchard reports

EVE SALVAIL, a French-Canadian model, made front-page news last March by appearing on the catwalks of Paris and Milan with her head shaved to reveal a milky-white scalp and a dragon tattoo. When Prada, a leading Milan fashion house, wanted her to wear a well-groomed wig for its autumn/winter '93 show, the shaven one stormed out, saying: 'I'll wear wigs, but not just to cover my head because they think it's shocking or disgusting.'
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