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Britain will today make the final payment on a multi-billion-dollar loan it took out in 1945 to refinance the country in the wake of the Second World War.

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The star of the new James Bond film is not Daniel Craig, despite all that attractive squinting he does. It is the Casino Royale itself, the still, seductive centre of the film where the lights are low, the stakes are high and the carpet is as deep as Alain de Botton. Here, minute details - the pulse on someone's temple, say - assume razor-sharp importance. Here, diamonds drip from ladies and chandeliers alike. Here, even the baddies are glamorous. Here, sadly, is an entirely fictional place.

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You're off to the States to spend your hard-earned cash. And you need somewhere close to the big stores to shop-and-drop. How about Le Parker Meridien New York?

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Fashion: Young bloods

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Fashion: What's hot - High-low shoes

WHEN the new big-mouth, all-hype-and-no-trousers designer Jeremy Scott sent his models down the catwalk wearing one shoe higher than the other at his Paris Fashion Week show, "Contrapied", last month, little did he know he was about to instigate the Next Big Trend in footwear.

Style: Well Heeled

What will the fashion editors be buying this spring? I asked my esteemed colleagues Tamsin Blanchard, the fashion editor, and Sophia Neophitou, senior stylist, for their top five shoes of the season, and there wasn't a trainer in sight.

Style: Taking a few more steps along the road to fame

Christian Louboutin, shoemaker to Liz Taylor and Cher, will be providing heavenly soles for Stella McCartney's first collection for Chloe in Paris next month and for knitwear designer Julien Macdonald's show at London Fashion Week tomorrow night. Ian Phillips meets the man who counts gardens and eating yoghurt among his other obsessions

Cool under the collar

This summer, the shirtdress is the easiest thing to wear. It's no longer a matter of borrowing oversize men's shirts, worn billowing over leggings. The latest crop are cool and elegant - just the thing to show off a light tan

FASHION / The pleasures and perils of a French country garden

OFFICIALLY, it was a wedding reception. To the invited guests wandering the grounds of the Chateau de Courances, an hour's drive from Paris, a couple of weeks ago, it felt more like The Draughtsman's Contract (or Last Year in Marienbad if you were past 40). Certainly the party to celebrate the marriage of Valentine de Ganay, the youngest daughter of the house, and her husband, the artist Markus Hansen, was an event. An international band of artists was invited to install or perform their work and over 400 guests strolled the grounds. The party (christened 'A Charadezade') began at four in the afternoon and went on until five the next morning.
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