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Commercials turn to mush at Christmas. It's all shops, especially record shops selling grim complications and soppy specials (little Charlotte Church with her reedy voice and calculating eyes is especially irritating). You're transported to a gentler time before irony, postmodernism or sex, and it's complete hell. Which is why the Simply Palm commercial looks utterly compelling; in a normal week it might not rate, but on this reel it could be This Life or Queer as Folk, it looks so much better than the competition.

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THE WELSH singing prodigy Charlotte Church has turned down invitations from the Pope, the Queen and President Clinton to sing to them on New Year's Eve, preferring to see in the new millennium at home with her family.

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NOW, THAT'S what we call class. Charlotte Church, the platinum- selling chorister from Cardiff, had a clutch of Seriously Grand Invitations for New Year's Eve. Indeed, it seems fair to assume that she was the only person in the world who received rival invitations from the Pope, the Queen and President Clinton for Millennium Eve. Most of us, if we were to hit the invitation jackpot in this way, would probably agonise about the etiquette. Is it more offensive to say no to the Queen or to the Pope? Few of the books cover that eventuality.

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