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Shoes kill more than your feet

AN OUTBREAK of killer shoes has prompted safety experts to consider attaching warning labels, such as: "These shoes could seriously damage your health", to precarious footwear.

Women will be wanting orgasms next

I ONCE MET a woman who confided, over dinner, that she had not had an orgasm until she was nearly 40. There was nothing unusual about her story, just a note of regret in her voice that she had had to wait so long. She had never consulted a doctor about it, assuming that her GP would not regard it as a medical problem or that she had had bad luck with men, a circumstance which clearly fell outside his remit. Not any longer: on Friday, the demand for orgasms on the NHS reached a deafening crescendo, with doctors suddenly discovering that a full sex life is vital to health.

Spice Girls in Rome

La Dolce Vita: A parking attendant watches as Spice Girls Emma Bunton (left) and Geri Halliwell take a walk near Rome's Villa Borghese

Film: Meet Postmod Spice (she's really nice)

A Film Critic confesses: I watched Spiceworld the Movie (PG) in a daze of pleasure. Some had predicted that it would prove to be its stars' obituary - but in fact, it's an uproarious pantomime of ironies that dramatises celebrity in a delightfully topical and sophisticated way. I think it's as important to the 1990s as A Hard Day's Night was to the 1960s. But I have a terrible feeling that nobody will take it seriously.

The Things That Shaped Our Year: The Rise And Fall Of The Spice Girls

From the death of Diana to the birth of Dolly, and from the rise of Bridget Jones to the fall of the Spice Girls - our writers choose the 10 people and events which made 1997 so special

Ciao Baby: Platform plimsolls

Notwithstanding their commendable ability to put Baby Spice out of action for a couple of weeks, the platform plimsoll is fast approaching its sell-by date. You stand tall, but then what? Every vertiginous step becomes a perilous duel with gravity. A couple of years after they first hit the streets pundits are beginning to question the fashion genius in glueing foam bricks to your trainers because ...

Spice girl effect on City and business

Are the Spice Girls finished? And does it matter a jot? Yes and yes, says the stock exchange. David Lister, Arts News Editor, analyses the rumblings and concludes that girl power has not yet been deposed.

Spice Girls' ex-manager really really wants pounds 20m

What the Spice Girls really, really wanted, it turns out, was to get rid of their Svengali, and shape the future of the band. What Simon Fuller really, really wants in return is about pounds 20m.

Under the counter

Next month I will be twenty-nine. So you know what that means, this time next year... I've spent the last couple of years not really remembering whether I was 26 or 27 or 28 - no worries. But I can see now that this was a kind of sub-conscious avoidance of anno Domini, refusing to acknowledge the GMT of my biological time-clock.

If you really wanna put some spice into fashion

World domination continues as the Spice Girls put their name to a range of clothes.
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