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Kawaii, or a love of the adorable, is huge in Japan – and it’s big here too. Bless, says Will Coldwell

Killarney Diary: Top company rescuers taste a drop of the Irish

IF YOU ARE short of cash and of a nervous disposition, visiting the picturesque town of Killarney in south-west Ireland over the weekend might not have been a good idea.

Travel: In and out they go, those thousands of tourists enjoying their annual invasion of Majorca. There must be a conspiracy theory behind all this

I've just arrived in that great 20th-century phenomenon: the Balearic island of Majorca. This is the place which manages to provoke greater movements of populations every year than Genghis Khan achieved in his entire lifetime.

Why are they famous: Vanessa Paradis

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Linley's diner follows trend of celebrity cafes - and fails

THE CHRISTMAS lights are twinkling, the music is defiantly up- beat and there is even a half-price Screaming Orgasm on offer. But it takes more than cheap cocktails to fill a restaurant, as Viscount Linley, the Queen's nephew, has discovered to his cost.

Fashion Cafe fails to survive on a low-capital diet and goes bust

FASHION CAFE, the glitzy theme restaurant in London's Piccadilly Circus fronted by a group of supermodels which opened in a blaze of publicity last November, was placed in the hands of an administrator yesterday.

People & Business: Liquidators in fashion

THE MAN currently sorting out the affairs of supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson and Naomi Campbell has also in the past few years crossed swords with convicted fraudsters Darius Guppy and Roger Levitt, as well as property legend Godfrey Bradman.

Debate: Can you be fat and happy, or are the 'big is beautiful' lobby fooling themselves?

Having crash-dieted herself 20lbs lighter, Oprah Winfrey has just made the cover of American 'Vogue'. Winfrey's constant battle to be slim is proof, argues Kia Hansen, that fat people can rarely find happiness as they are. Untrue, says Lisa Colles, who claims 'size 10s' don't have the monopoly on feeling good about themselves

Some girls never can say goodbye

Claudia Schiffer has said she's quitting the catwalk. But don't panic, it's not the first time.

Supermodel at thin end of the wedge

IT MAY just have been one backstage tiff too many that led the teenage supermodel Sarah Thomas to quit the catwalk, but health experts around the country have said her revelations about eating disorders will help them to treat thousands of young women more effectively.

Scientists unlock the secrets of women's sexual attractiveness...but beauty's still in eye of beholder

WHEN the Italian poet D'Annunzio visited Maillol's studio he admired the elegaic, classical sculptures on view but let it be known that he preferred his women a little thinner.

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Cannibal! The Musical (18). Alferd Packer was a Colorado mountain guide who, in the 1870s, became the first man to be tried for cannibalism in America. His bizarre life story gets the Rodgers and Hammerstein treatment (well, sort of) in this 1993 student film by Trey Parker of South Park fame. Parker himself stars as Packer (his partner Matt Stone plays a member of the prospecting party) and co-wrote the musical numbers ("Hang the Bastard", "When I Was on Top of You"). As in South Park and the boys' other movie projects (the porn spoof Orgazmo and the sports satire BASEketball), the humour is wilfully adolescent, with a surprisingly effective absurdist streak. Ultimately, the film seems sadistically overlong, but for the first half hour at least, it's difficult to resist.

What will Katie do next?

For ten years she's ridden every fashion wave, from doe-eyed waif through grunge princess to streetwise sophisticate. Kate Moss can do no wrong. But her latest project, a glossy shampoo ad, is uncharacteristically mainstream, and now there are rumours of a film career. Will Kate keep her cool? asks James Sherwood

Why are they famous?: David Copperfield

MAIN CLAIM: Claudia Schiffer. Oh, and disappearing trains. David Copperfield is the multi-millionaire world-famous magician nobody in Europe had ever heard of until he started energetically squiring supermodel Claudia Schiffer to every event featuring a rank of flashbulbs. Dead ringers for Disney's Beauty and the Beast, their creepy, shivers-up-the-spine coupling has inspired more conjecture than Cindy and Richard, Bruce and Demi, etc, etc. Now the cops have even been called in to help prove her love for the hirsute flying one. Police raided the offices of a Munich magazine that claimed the relationship was a publicity stunt.

Leading article: Who wants to get on the bus?

GOING SHOPPING today? Or visiting a great national monument? Or maybe taking in a theme park? The chances are that you'll be going in your car and that, contrary to the dreams of the advertisers, it won't involve any encounters with Kim Basinger or Claudia Schiffer. And, on the whole, you won't really care if the car in front is a Toyota or not because, whatever it is, like you, it won't be moving. Traffic jams are a fact of national life and not confined to Bank Holidays. So the latest research from MORI that suggests that we are all jolly worried indeed about the problem is timely but hardly startling news. The reports suggest that 71 per cent of us would be prepared to support motoring charges if they were invested in public transport. Sounds plausible. But there are reasons to doubt that we are really prepared to get the bus next time we go and see Uncle Victor.

Cinema: So that's why they called him Kermit Kline

FRANK OZ began his career with his hand up Fozzie Bear. Now he's turned to directing, although his irresistibly fluffy new comedy In and Out (12) has more than a touch of muppetry about it. Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack play the Kermit and Miss Piggy roles of Howard Brackett and Emily Montgomery, two small-town high-school teachers on the eve of a much-delayed wedding. Their plans are disrupted when a former pupil, movie star Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon), receives a Best Actor Academy Award for playing a gay soldier, and uses his moment on the platform to out Mr Brackett as a homosexual. If that scenario sounds familiar, cast your mind back to what Tom Hanks said as he picked up his award for Philadelphia. Yup, In and Out is the first film to be based on an Oscar acceptance speech.
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