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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

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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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

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And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn