Launch Of The Week: My name is Charles Saatchi and I am a party pooper

The reclusive art collector Charles Saatchi famously never turns up to his own parties. And the launch of his new book was no exception. There were, though, plenty of signed copies of My Name is Charles Saatchi and I am An Artoholic scattered around the Saatchi Gallery in London's Chelsea for guests to peruse. These invitees included Richard E Grant, Zadie Smith, Alan Yentob, Trevor Eve, Kathy Lette, Graham Norton and Harry Enfield who mingled in the first-floor galleries among the canvasses.

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Joan Smith: Frumpy outsmarts elegant in our warped politics

It was red! It was shiny! It was short! Listening to the chorus of outrage about Caroline Flint's fashion shoot in a women's magazine, I began to wonder if the former Europe minister had posed looking as sultry as Dita von Teese. In fact, as someone sniffily pointed out, she wore chain-store clothing for the photographs, which were taken some time before she resigned, to accompany an interview about her life as a politician.

Norway wins the 54th Eurovision Song Contest

Norway won the 54th Eurovision Song Contest early on Sunday in Moscow, when singer Alexander Rybak beat 24 other contestants with his song Fairytale.

Hit & Run: Welcome to the dark side

There comes a point in every blonde's life when she suddenly becomes acutely aware of the easy, cheesy, compliant and bland signals her hair hue is transmitting. And Scarlett Johansson, it appears, just had that epiphany.

My Life In Travel: Dita Von Teese

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Claire Beale on Advertising: Do we really need the Eurocrats to save us from Dita's lovely bottom?

Dita Von Teese has a beautiful bottom. I know this (give or take the flex of the airbrusher's art) because I've seen it several times in the business media over the last week, delicately circled by a froth of lacey string. She knows how to pack a 32C as well. And it's all starring in a new ad campaign for Wonderbra, see below.

Pandora: Westwood Jnr sweats over Government's pornography clampdown

Stand by for fireworks between Jack Straw's Ministry of Justice and members of Britain's "exotic" artistic community.

The ins and outs of real women and their curves

When Princess Beatrice stepped out of an azure ocean in the Caribbean last week displaying a teeny-weeny blue bikini and an hourglass figure straight out of a Gok Wan naked makeover, not everyone was sisterly about the stunning contours on display.

DeVotchKa: Under stormy skies

They wrote the soundtrack for 'Little Miss Sunshine', but DeVotchKa are all about heartache. Chris Mugan digs deeper

Siouxsie, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The Cure are packing them in on the Continent, Bauhaus have just released a new album – and promptly split up again – and The Cult have been trying to sell us sanctuary again. So it's no surprise to see Siouxsie, the original grande dame of post-punk with the Banshees, playing a sell-out concert in the capital at the end of a British tour to promote Mantaray, the full-length solo debut album she released last autumn.

Deborah Orr: Labour promised social justice along with economic competence. It failed ...

Whatever the statistics, voters know that 10 years ago children were not being shot dead every week

Andrey Bartenev: Dis-connexion, Riflemaker, London

The old gun-makers of Soho are probably turning in their graves. For in the window of Riflemaker, a former gun shop in Beak Street, is a psychedelic installation by one of Russia's campest artists. Queues formed outside last summer's Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale to see Andrey Bartenev's coloured lake of 50 LED mirrored light spheres where the message "lost connection" circled in endless orbit.

Why you'll be sure to create waves in Giambattista Valli's latest creation

Giambattista Valli is known for his party dresses, so it's hardly surprising that he's partial to the odd ruffle. In the former Ungaro designer's hands, however, they never look like a decorative afterthought, or a cheap frill, so to speak. Instead, his grand ripples of fabric have what he describes as a, "structural, architectural quality, making a very flattering frame for a woman's face".

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