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

No nipples, but her legs go on for ever

Women think Barbie is an unsuitable role model because she is artificial: little girls like her precisely because she is

Supermodel firm stays in the elite

For the judge who once asked "what is Gazza?", the concept of topless glamour models was always going to require explanation.

Malaysian thugs wreck East Timor conference

Kuala Lumpur (Agencies) - Delegates to an international conference on East Timor yesterday told of their fear after their meeting in the Malaysian capital was broken up by government thugs.

Fashion: Beautiful people, and the men and women who make them so

Hat designed by Philip Treacy, 1991/92. Photograph by Herbie Knott: 'Philip Treacy is an unassuming and utterly charming young Irish man who, if not the world's number one milliner, is not far off. His hats are complex pieces of architecture with great shapes and silhouettes.'

Made to measure for the real world

London Fashion Week: Ronit Zilkha weighs in for the working woman

Enter the dolls that let children play the supermodel game

Small, and perfectly formed: Karen Mulder, supermodel, appraises the Sindy brand rendition of her form, one of a collection of dolls launched in London yesterday that includes Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer Photograph: Tony Buckingham

Claudia Schiffer steps off the catwalk

Claudia Schiffer, one of the world's highest paid models, has announced her resignation, at the age of 26, from the world of the walking clothes horse. Ms Schiffer said she will no longer be seen on the catwalk except for "guest appearances" to promote the work of designers such as Versace.

Waiting on the Cafe Rouge revolution

As Whitbread takes over the Pelican Group, it steps into a market transformed by the growing appetite for Continental cuisine

lingerie styles of the rich and famous

Naomi's are feminine. Madonna's are mauve. Ian Phillips visits Sabbia Rosa

Going, going...

Restaurants: It's easy to be sold on the Sotheby's cafe

Arts: Barbie see, Barbie do

First those Wonderbra ads, now sexual fantasy: yet Ellen von Unwerth is a model photographer. By Jane Richards

A battle to satisfy our passion for the stars

As Hello! faces weekly competition for the first time from OK!, Rebecca Fowler meets two editors vying for the schmaltziest celebrity photo-shoots

Castration on the Tube

Why, asks Geoff Dyer, do smart young psychologists write such nonsense?

bazaar: Bestsellers Top 10 calendars

If you though calendars were the preserve of people who like pictures of "The cat in Impressionist paintings" or "Bird Table Birds", think again. Britain's favourite calendars are all of pop and footy stars and gorgeous pouting blondes, and bought presumably by a fairly young market. Surprisingly, too, the calendar market has grown by 250 per cent in the past five years. Seven out of 10 of our favourite calendars are made by Danilo

Walker set for Leicester post

Mike Walker will return to football tomorrow after a 13-month exile when he fills the vacancy at Leicester City left by the departure of Mark McGhee.
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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

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'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

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
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

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

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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