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Elite agency founder later denounced catwalk models as ‘spoilt pains’

Bunhill: Wong Sing Jones

AND TO finish, a happy story. Opening a shop called Wong Sing Jones in the depth of the recession in London's hard-hit Portobello Road looked like foolhardiness verging on commercial suicide, especially as WSJ specialises in foreign products chosen for 'cultural value and uniqueness'.

Close shaves in a night out with the boys

STEVE, the only other heterosexual, is wearing a navy-blue three-button suit and a spotted tie; he is six hours away from the screen and the telephone, the Yen and the Deutschmarks. Damien puts his hand out and squeezes Steve's chest. Damien wears a denim shirt, open all the way down, a white vest,

Fashion: Super power: The Christy Turlington story: great face, nice manners, head for figures, body to die for, dollars 3m a year, still going strong

CHRISTY TURLINGTON is fortunate in the geometry of her cheekbones, the fullness of her mouth and the tilt of her huge hazel eyes. She is fortunate in her Californian father and Salvadorian mother, who bred her tall and thin with a natural ability to look either exotic or all-American to order. She is lucky in being one of the world's most famous and most rewarded models, with around dollars 3m a year to put in her bank account. And more than any of this, she is lucky to be able to feel comfortable in her skin.

Fashion: That's enough perfection, thanks: The invasion of the supermodels continues in TV commercials and high-street campaigns. We are due for a break, pleads Tamsin Blanchard

YOU CAN'T open a fashion magazine these days without seeing pages chock-a-block with the supermodels: Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and their friends. Cindy Crawford comes to London to sign photos, Naomi Campbell appears in Madonna's Sex book, and all of them turn up in one or other of George Michael's videos.

Step down, Page 3 girls: The tabloids now court Supermodels, not topless pin-ups. Janice Turner reports

NO ONE who is anyone was at the Sun's Page Three Girl of the Year Party last Wednesday - not even many of the contestants.

Wannabees follow in steps of superstar models: Dreams came true for 13 girls-next-door when they became 'superstar' models - for a night. Roger Tredre reports

LAST MONTH she was signing on back home in Cardiff. This week, she was a superstar model, for a night at least, striding the catwalk before the television cameras and the probing eyes of a thousand fashion industry guests. It was a dream come true for Dena Khazragi, 19, a finalist in the British round of the Look of the Year contest.
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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