News Jeffrey Soffer, left, and Elle Macpherson, with gallerist Tony Shafrazi in Miami last week

Documents claim the supermodel allegedly urged the widow of a man killed by the crash in the Bahamas, to take a payout

A body worth a fortune

Simply divine, says William Hartston as he explores the lost arts of fortune-telling from bodies, beasts and other balderdash

Smith `transfer' costs $1m

Sailing's first transfer deal worth in excess of $1m ($620,000) yesterday saw Lawrie Smith confirmed as skipper of a multi-million pound British challenge for the Whitbread Race next year.

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Main Claim: The Duke of York - the only halfway hunky royal member. The prince and the showgirl spawned a thousand tired headlines with their 1982 relationship. For Kathleen "Koo" Stark, American one-time starlet, this was a real coup. To her credit, she never spilled the beans.

THE MAGIC IN CLAUDIA'S SCHNITZEL

The Fashion Cafe of New York, soon of London, Las Vegas and Sydney, is an unlikely conjunction of fast food and supermodels, where the customers have as little to do with fashion as Naomi Campbell has to do with cooking. Simon Garfield samples catwalk cui

Fashion Update: A siren in her smalls

You've seen her in no clothes in a movie, now expect to see her in a few clothes in an advert. Elle Macpherson is starring for the first time in a TV commercial for her lingerie collection, Elle Macpherson Intimates.

Fashion Update: Which is the real doll?

CAN you tell the difference? Italian Vogue has finally spotted what we recognised some time ago: Uber-model Claudia Schiffer and Mattel's supermodel Barbie were seperated at birth. Claudia is the one with zips in her frocks - poor Barbie has to make do with Velcro fastenings (particularly perilous in this season's itsy bitsy trash glam bikini).

Fashion Update: Models in the movies

WANT a hit movie? Cast a model. While MTAs (Model Turned Actress) used to be judged the kiss of death to a film (remember Tatjana Patitz in Rising Sun? Hopefully you don't), now everyone in Hollywood wants one.

CINEMA / Hugh Grant: the embarrassment goes on

EARTHINESS is all in John Duigan's Sirens (15), a hymn to horny hands and minds. Its hero (Sam Neill) is the Australian artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), whose paintings satirising religion and glorifying female flesh were denounced in their day as blasphemous. The film takes place in the early 1930s at Lindsay's lush estate in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney. An English clergyman (Hugh Grant), with wife (Tara Fitzgerald) in tow, has arrived to negotiate with Lindsay on behalf of a gallery which is chary of exhibiting him. The values of Lindsay and his menage of models are pitted against those of the English: sensuality v repression, rawness v refinement, sex v sentimentality. The unbridled wild wins out every time (though the suggestiveness is never even softly pornographic). Hardly a scene passes without some bush creature scuttling across the screen, rendering the English couple's gait still stiffer. The odds haven't been so stacked in favour of the Aussies since the last Ashes series.

Fashion: High heels and desire: The stiletto is back. Manolo Blahnik has never been away. Here, some of his starry fans explain why

TO THOSE with fine feet, spindly shoes have never gone out of style. But now, as glamour returns to fashion, the high heel, too, is tapping back to centre stage. The look to go with satin pants-suits and slicked-back hair is for arched, curvy, sexy feet. And Manolo Blahnik is the master.

FILM / Forbidden fruit: Sheila Johnston on the other new releases: lusty Sirens, sexually fraught Love and Human Remains, and the virginal My Girl 2: Sirens (15) Director: John Duigan (Aus); Love and Human Remains (18) Director: Denys Arcand (Can); My Girl 2 (PG) Director: Howard Zieff (US)

Sirens is being promoted by promises of the Australian supermodel Elle MacPherson in a permanent state of deshabille (promises which, to be fair, are duly honoured). For we female viewers, the main selling point is heart-throb du jour Hugh Grant in a dog-collar, which somehow doesn't seem quite fair. Grant plays a 'progressive' but nave Anglican priest sent to Thirties Australia with his prim young wife (Tara Fitzgerald). Here, his first mission is to travel to the beautiful Blue Mountains, the seat of a flamboyant artist (Sam Neill, playing a character closely modelled on the real-life painter Norman Lindsay) to persuade him to withdraw his more scandalous work from public display.

Captain Moonlight: Warnings

JOANNA Lumley Warning: I told you it had gone too quiet. She's In The Psychiatrist's Chair, this morning, 12.15. I warned you about Elle MacPherson, too. Jack Nicholson has left, thank goodness, but I'm afraid Keanu Reeves is coming over for the Edinburgh Festival.

Summertime, and the living is wheezy

PHOTOCHEMICAL smog shrouded south-east England all week, and my family complained of sore throats and itchy eyes. If the figures are to be believed, we're lucky we don't all have asthma as well. Summertime, and the living is wheezy. And then Arrid Extra Dry released a survey which revealed that one in four men wears the same pair of underpants more than once before washing them, and 20,000 men across England haven't washed for seven days.

FILM / Something for the weekend?: Nudity, scandal and Hugh Grant. Could 'Sirens' be the film to make John Duigan a household name? Anthony Quinn reports

AS A recipe for a summer sizzler it's just about unbeatable: the Most Famous Man in England (Hugh Grant), Antipodean supermodel du jour (Elle MacPherson) and more nudity than a Pre-Raphaelite slumber party without the pyjamas. Put them together and you have Sirens, a tremulously witty examination of unbuttoned sensuality in Australia's Blue Mountains. Or is it? Inevitably, with this much naked flesh on display, some will turn up expecting something unbuttoned in the blue movie line, but there's not much director John Duigan can do about that: 'It's a hard film to classify,' he says. 'I suppose you could call it a romantic comedy . . . it certainly isn't a skinflick. If somebody goes in simply to relax in their raincoat then they'll get a rude shock.'
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