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The prototype allowed users to compare their size with that of famous faces  such as Cheryl Cole, Kate Middleton and Adele

That's my girls: There's something kinda ooh about the flowers already dazzling us

God, it makes you feel old to think that Girls Aloud are now a thing of the past. We shall not look upon their like again. Sniff. But anyway, thinking about that former cultural phenomenon recently, I had a moment of nostalgia recalling the video for "I Can't Speak French", in which the Girls flounce around in very short, corsetted can-can skirts, with layers upon layers of net and frills and feathers in various shades of pink and pale lilac-y colours.

In pictures: The Duchess of Cornwall, Cheryl Cole and Damien Lewis attend the annual ICAP Global Charity Day

The Duchess of Cornwall rubbed shoulders with celebrities for a good cause at the annual ICAP Global Charity in central London.

The Ministry of Defence has spent thousands of pounds on calling the speaking clock

Time for a change as MoD staff run up £40,000 speaking clock bill

Civil servants spent £18,804 on calling time service in 2012 - and £6,000 this year, despite bosses attempting to impose ban

Nadine Coyle has announced she is expecting her first child

Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle announces pregnancy

Former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has revealed that she is pregnant with her first child.

Merida mark one, left, Merida mark two, right

Disney, you dolts! Give us back our Brave heroine

The feisty heroine of the 2012 animation 'Brave' is being coronated at Walt Disney World as one of the company's 11th 'official' princess, but there's a catch. She's been rebranded

One to watch: Tiny Dancer, singer, 18

Is this Kate Bush rebooted? The Sheffield teenager wears neon leotards and flaps madly in the video for her new EP, 'Who Am I?'.

Sandi Toksvig ruffles feathers by suggesting Duchess of Cambridge has no opinions and is 'very Jane Austen'

Brace yourself for another wave of moral indignation in defence of “Our Kate” – TV and radio presenter Sandi Toksvig has ruffled feathers by suggesting the Duchess of Cambridge has no opinions and is “very Jane Austen”.

From left: Nicola, Kimberley, Cheryl, Nadine and Sarah

Simon Price on Girls Aloud: It's been emotional, says Cheryl. Forget that – it's been fab

What's not to love about the comeback of these five glam girls with their unrivalled fusillade of songs?

In the old days we had tupperware parties, now we have botox parties

Maybe we should leave it to the qualified professionals?

Rumours that Cheryl Cole was being offered a lucrative deal with Sky to host her own show were denied by the channel

Chat show? Don't do it, Cheryl!

In 2010, Michael Parkinson sounded off about the state of the modern chat show. "The trouble with the talk show is everyone fancies their chances," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Even those on the extreme fringes of the ever-expanding world of modern celebrity reckon it's a doddle."

Cheryl Cole, far left, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle appeared at a London hotel yesterday to confirm that the band, created by a television talent show in 2002, would reunite for a 10th anniversary UK tour and album

Here come the Girls Aloud - again...

The pop group Girls Aloud have announced a £10m reunion.

Girls Aloud announce reunion tour and greatest hits album

Newly reunited girl group Girls Aloud have confirmed a tour next year.

Something New: Girls Aloud unveil comeback track

Girls Aloud unveiled their comeback track today as they premiered the dance tune online.

Cheryl Cole, the most famous Geordie in Britain?

Cheryl Cole and Will.i.am injured in car crash

Pop stars Cheryl Cole and Will.i.am have been injured in a car crash.

Page 3 Profile: Desperate Dan, comic character

We didn't know The Dandy was still going

And neither, sadly, do the vast majority of the British public. The UK's longest-running children's comic, starring cowboy Desperate Dan, sold two million copies a week in its Fifties heyday. But now The Dandy sells fewer than 8,000 a week. No surprise, then, that it's facing closure. Its publisher, the Dundee-based DC Thomson, said: "We are carrying out a review of our magazines business to meet the challenges of the rapidly-changing publishing industry."

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