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Letter: Your poison

Of Course the food obsessions of Cher and Michael Jackson are ludicrous ("Zero tolerance, Real Life, 30 March). It is a pity that in the process of talking about them, Cayte Williams inadvertantly hits all those people whose lives are turned upside-down by genuine food allergies.

You are about to enter the age of the superbody - fasten your faces, please

What will we look like in 20 years' time? And in 50? And 100? In this four-page special report on the body of the future, Marek Kohn predicts a world in which we will achieve physical perfection - at a price. Overleaf, Eleanor Bailey reveals how science is pushing back the boundaries to make our wildest dreams come true while, on page 10, Annalisa Barbieri says that in a perfect world, she'd rather be imperfect

My elf self

Macy's, New York's largest department store, is home of the ultimate grotto, the one that children and Santas everywhere would happily die for. David Sedaris, too, succumbed to its fatal attraction. He gained entree as an elf. But did he have the heart for it? Photographs by Mark Peterson

A peach and a lemon

The director of Look Who's Talking has redeemed herself. Like, totally. So it's a shame the writer of Gremlins is going soft. By Adam Mars-Jones: NINE MONTHS Chris Columbus (12) CLUELESS Amy Heckerling (12)

Sixth-formers, pull your designer socks up

'Clueless', Hollywood's latest teen movie, threatens to turn UK schoolgirls into Calvin Klein-clad, mobile-phone-toting trendoids. Tamsin Blanchard reports

FashionPhile: Cher goes gothic with choice

CHER IS currently on tenterhooks about her latest production: a mail-order catalogue called Sanctuary, selling her own line of medievally-inspired home furnishings and accessories, writes Christa Worthington.

You must let me help, I'm famous: Helen Fielding questions the real motives of stars who want to be seen with the starving

THE DUCHESS of York has an uncanny ability to feel society's pulse, sense an ill, then personify it so garishly that national blood-letting and boil- lancing inevitably follow. She did it with the malaise of the monarchy. Now she is working her peculiar magic on celebrities with causes.

Taking control at the end of the line: The British obediently sit in queues as though they actually enjoy it, but Imogen Edwards-Jones prefers pushing in and gate-crashing

QUEUING in a car park in the pouring rain to leave an open- air rock concert recently, we suddenly found our way blocked by the police. In a classic display of GCSE law enforcement, they had decided that the whole stadium had to be cleared before the cars could leave. It was, they told us, going to be at least an hour before we could get through the gates.

Cher: The mercy tour: Cher wasn't sure what sent her to stricken Armenia, land of her fathers, to hand out love and toys. But she was looking for a way to change her life, and this seemed a good place to start

'FOR A WHILE, I've been thinking, how do I change my life, how do I change my life? And the only way to change your life is to go ahead and change your life, you know? I'm really bored with my life and it's up to me to change it. I just know that if you start making little baby steps in a different direction, you leave the place that you're in. You know?'

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