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Last year Chanel's Rouge Noir nail varnish was so immensely popular that it sold out as soon as it hit the shops. This talon polish, in undiluted- Ribena colour, spawned waiting lists, tantrums and tears as ladies who were used to getting whatever they wanted with a wave of their Amex card, were forced to put their names down with everyone else. Next week Chanel launch the Rouge Noir mascara. Billed as "black, reddish purple and brown", it is certainly interesting, unusual and worth a try (it's a limited edition so be warned, once it sells out, that's it), especially if you find black too dramatic and brown too boring. It's rather "globby" however, so you may need to separate those lashes with an eyelash comb after application.

Italy's Olive Tree coalition begins to crack

Having taken 50 years to reach power, one might have thought the Italian left would be content to govern in peace, concentrate on lasting the full five-year parliamentary term, introduce real and lasting reforms, and above all avoid the kind of fratricidal inter-party squabbling that undid so many coalition governments in the bad old days of the Cold War.

Robinson eyes finance job after Woolwich exit

Peter Robinson, the Woolwich chief executive ousted by the society three months ago, is set to return soon to a career in the financial services industry after finally agreeing a pounds 165,000-a-year pension compensation package with his former employers.

LETTERS: Not so Civil

I read with interest and a degree of cynicism your article on women in the Civil Service ("Male mandarins rule UK", 2 June). In 1993 I carried out a survey of government librarians, who are to be found in almost all departments. I received around 400 replies, a response of nearly 70 per cent.

Football: Laudrup to make up lost time

Denmark v Portugal Tomorrow, Hillsborough 7.30pm

Goulding kicks Saints into gear

St Helens 62 Castleford 24

Languages: the voice of reason in Redditch

Bridley Moor High School in Redditch set up a controlled experiment to test the effectiveness of accelerated learning methods for studying a foreign language. One group of 13- and 14-year-olds were given 10 weeks of accelerated teaching while a parallel group continued to be taught by traditional methods. In end-of-year examinations, 90 per cent of the accelerated students gained marks of 80 per cent or above, compared with only 13 per cent of the control class.

Your Money: Happy birthday numbers to you

Five of the six winning numbers in last week's lottery, plus the bonus ball, were under 18, which played into the hands of the many punters who choose family birthdays as the basis of their selections. Not surprisingly, there were five outright winners and another 40 had five numbers and the bonus ball.

Half a share in my lover

Hugh Francis is not the only man in his girlfriend's life

BOOKS: Waxes unlyrical

SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Mavis Cheek, Faber pounds 14.99

Saints pack make up for absent dream team

St Helens 46 Halifax 18

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