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Need to know: The damage - How much does it cost to invent a new you for the new year? asks Quentin Fottrell

Any unfulfilled ambitions, deep-rooted loneliness or general dissatisfaction usually come to the surface around this time of year. For those who want to make a fresh start, there are at least three major options: revamp your image, nurture your creative/emotional side, or completely reinvent yourself. Unlike with the celebs - Geri Halliwell (formerly known as Ginger Spice), Liz Hurley (formerly Hugh Grant's girlfriend) - most of the world won't know what the old you was like and won't be able to draw sceptical comparisons, although you may have to edit your friends. Famous or not, this guide - suitable for men and women - should help spark you into action ...

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Oh dear - everyone's being nice

PHEW. IT turns out that Kevin the hamster lives after all. The darling little rodent - portrayed in a TV advertisement scurrying away adorably on his little wheel, then, in a cruel joke that shocked the nation, apparently stiff and dull-coated, an ex-rodent - has at last been revealed to be just fine. The 500 viewers who wrote tearfully to the Advertising Standards Authority can relax. Everything is going to be all right.

Teen girls urged to admire Role Model Spice

A PANEL of "role models" for teenage girls, including celebrities such as the former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, the heptathlete Denise Lewis, and the pop starlet Billie, is to be set up by the Government as part of its drive to promote the role of women in society.

Teen girls urged to follow star role models

A PANEL of "role models" for teenage girls, including celebrities such as the former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, the heptathlete Denise Lewis, and the pop starlet Billie, is to be set up by the Government as part of its drive to promote women.

From Spice Girl to nice girl

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Ginger Spice to be Goodwill Ambassador for the UN

THE FORMER Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell, is to become a United Nations goodwill ambassador. An official announce- ment is expected today.

Ginger Spice's goodwill mission

THE FORMER Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell, is to become a United Nations goodwill ambassador. An official announce- ment is expected today.

The ultimate make-over

The losers, in reverse order: feminism, political correctness and good taste. The quest to find `the world's most beautiful woman' is back on TV in a prime-time terrestrial assault

Mrs Evans' notebook. Yours for pounds 111,000

EVERYONE KNOWS who James Bond is and it may be no great surprise that Bond film memorabilia sold for pounds 500,000 at Christie's this week. But you probably haven't heard of Lily Evans.
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