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The singer was forced to pull out of a string of performances after being diagnosed with appendicitis

Director's block? Dial H for Hitchcock

ALFRED HITCHCOCK himself was sanguine about the reverence his films were held in. He once said that even his failures made money "and became classics a year after I made them". But he might have raised an eyebrow at the sudden flurry of Hollywood directors going back to the master's work and copying it.

Words: doozie, n.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S mother was described by one relation, Myra Berzoff, as a "doozie", which the Random House Dictionary of American Slang terms a splendid creature. This was apparently inspired by the actress Eleonora Duse.

Fashion: Amazing drapes

Her clothes were before their time - and timeless. John Windsor on Madame Gres, born in 1903 and one of the century's greatest designers

Get a grip

There's nothing like signalling your rage in reindeer-skin gloves: IS IT WORTH IT? Driving gloves Connolly pounds 105

Caution: Small minds on big screen

Just what David Thomson needs: another top 100 films poll. And it's not even as if the list-makers ever get it right

No better than she should be

Is it worth it? The Golden Anniversary Barbie: pounds 299 for number 19,788 of a limited edition. Not that limited, then...

Why are they famous? Prince Albert of Monaco

MAIN CLAIM: Male scion of the most glammy, hammy, tragedy-blasted mini-monarchy the world has yet to invent - the living, weeping incarnation of a collaboration between Paris Match, Hello! and Knots Landing in a Cote d'Azur made-for-television special. Namely, Albert is the boy Grimaldi, thus the only dynastically important one, and sadly the only celebritocratically boring one. However, his Highness has just turned 40, and is hinting at future mini-series wedding bells. "I must start thinking about founding a family. I am gradually reaching the critical point," he says.

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: The long and troubled decline of my friends in Monaco

It was my old chum Lord Deedes who told me the words of wisdom that have remained in my head for many decades. "You know, Wallace," he intoned thoughtfully while looking at the sky one day, "our old gamekeeper always used to say to me, 'It never rains'."

We are not all part of this

`I didn't know her - I can't mourn for someone I did not know'

Diana 1961-1997: The icon - The problem who wouldn't go quietly and die d as a result of her fame

The untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, lifts her to the status of other icons such as John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean whose immortality was assured by the tragic circumstances of their deaths.

Television: Bliss was it in that Dawn to be alive

My Friend Gerry used to say that he'd stop a speeding bullet for Grace Kelly. Every time Rear Window was shown on the telly, Gerry used to shout at James Stewart, incredulous that the man should spend so much time scrutinising his neighbours, when such adorable fruit as Grace was there, available for the, er, plucking.


We really can't cope with it - this heat. If we were Italian we'd be cursing to work on our Vespas, in our little Max Mara linen suits and our Web shades, and he'd be cool. In Britain, people just seem to sweat - certainly the ones I've been pressed up against in the tube do. I stood next to one corpulent woman who was wearing black 70 denier tights and a dark suit - it was eighty in the shade - what was she thinking of? Everywhere you go there is an all-pervading smell of BO. I need air.

Glove me do

It's a great shame that driving gloves are no longer used very much, because they look so chic. Although you will have to risk being dubbed a poseur if you wear a pair today, it's worth the risk, especially if you drive a convertible, because they are really very, bloody cool. Grace Kelly wore a pair to great effect in the recent TV showing of To Catch A Thief, when she drove Cary Grant around the south of France. The original point of driving gloves is not clear - maybe steering wheels used to be very slippy in the old days, or maybe it was due to the lack of heating in cars - whatever. They can only be a good thing and bring down road rage. AB

Television preview: Recommended viewing this weekend

Travels with Pevsner Sat 6.15pm BBC2 The Goldring Audit Sat 8pm C4 Performance: Richard II Sat 10.15pm BBC2 Midsomer Murders Sun 8pm ITV The Knowledge Sun 9.20pm BBC2

Why are they famous? Prince Ernst of Hanover

Main Claim: Let's face it, there are European royals and there are European royals. Some of them are whey faced Scandi/ Bavarian-type nobodies with chubby offspring and silly names. Others are glittering superstars dwelling in sugar-spun gambling havens, rotten with soapish fame, looks, tragedy and sex scandals. Prince Ernst of Hanover (polite "Who?") has been seen knocking around with the Riviera's resident supernova, Princess Caroline of Monaco. Hence, we've heard of Prince Ernst of Hanover all of a sudden.
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