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God, it makes you feel old to think that Girls Aloud are now a thing of the past. We shall not look upon their like again. Sniff. But anyway, thinking about that former cultural phenomenon recently, I had a moment of nostalgia recalling the video for "I Can't Speak French", in which the Girls flounce around in very short, corsetted can-can skirts, with layers upon layers of net and frills and feathers in various shades of pink and pale lilac-y colours.

Team GB's medal success has won over the Olympics sceptics, according to a new survey

London 2012: Survey shows Games has boosted national pride

Britain's national pride has soared thanks to Team GB's success in the medals table, according to new research.

Image rights: Katie Couric 'tells' Iraqis that the power's out

There was commendable honesty from Musaab al-Mudarris, a spokesman for the Iraq Electricity Ministry this week, when he told "New York Times" reporter Tim Arango how his office obtained a picture of US news anchor Katie Couric for billboards warning citizens about power outages: someone had nabbed it off the internet.

Adele's wealth soared from £6m to £20m in 2011

Young, gifted - and rich! Adele and Daniel Radcliffe lead British moneymakers

Daniel Radcliffe is laughing all the way to Gringotts after his starring role in the Harry Potter films earned him £54 million and a lead role in the Young Rich List of British millionaires.

The exterior and grounds of Princess Park Manor

The new cast of neighbours: Why the bling brigade is flocking to a former asylum in north London

Princess Park Manor is attracting X Factor stars and C-list celebrities by the luxury-limo load, says Chris Beanland.

Nicola Roberts: 'Therapy is too expensive'

Nicola Roberts says therapy is "too expensive". 

Sarah Harding claims injury after fight with boyfriend

Sarah Harding has claimed she was injured in a holiday bust-up with her new boyfriend. 

Nicola Roberts: 'The next Girls Aloud album will be different'

Nicola Roberts believes the next Girls Aloud album will be made "differently".

Amanda Holden expecting a baby girl

Amanda Holden is expecting another child.

Cheryl Cole serenaded by Ashley

Cheryl Cole was serenaded by her ex-husband Ashley at a recent housewarming party.

Captain America: The First Avenger, Joe Johnston, 124 mins (12A)<br/>Arrietty, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 94 mins (U)<br/>Horrid Henry: The Movie, Nick Moore, 90 mins, (U)

The fantastic world of comic books comes to life in a square-jawed action movie in which goodies and baddies reassuringly know their place

Harriet Walker: 'I just don't want to be on kitchen duty'

As anyone who has ever gone on holiday will know, time spent away from the humdrum is directly proportional to time spent a) thinking obsessively about methods of self-improvement, and b) eating. Unfortunately, one has very little to do with the other.

Nadine Coyle confirms Girls Aloud's 10-year reunion

Nadine Coyle has confirmed Girls Aloud will reunite for their 10th anniversary next year.

Ashley Cole to propose to Cheryl

Cheryl Cole's ex-husband Ashley is planning to propose to her for a second time.

Video: Cheryl Cole turns 28

As Cheryl Cole turns 28 we reflect on her career.

Video: Cheryl Cole's fashion transformation

As Cheryl Cole turns 28 we take a look at how her fashion sense has changed over the years and transformed her into a style queen.

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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End of the Aussie brain drain

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