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Mario Testino’s talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Testino has a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets “in your face” he captures you at your best — and that is what makes him the best.

Brazilians wax lyrical about sat-nav knickers

Sooner or later, someone has got to stop these brilliant new ideas regarding women's undercarriages coming out of Brazil and reaching these shores. Please. First it was Brazilian waxing. Then they gave us bottom implants. Now, an even more bizarre innovation has come out of the Brazilians' evident obsession with each other's bits: the GPS lingerie tracking system.

Fur flies as Gwyneth Paltrow offends her animal-rights friends

The actress courts controversy in an ad campaign and puts her relationship with Stella McCartney on the line

Stiletto sales go sky high as Paltrow kick-starts craze for towering heels

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow has made a career combining extraordinary glamour with equal measures of clean-living, down-to-earth charm. She is perhaps as well known for her appearances in films such as The Talented Mr Ripley and The Royal Tenenbaums as she is for her love of macrobiotic food, penchant for bizarre names (she and her husband, Coldplay's Chris Martin, called their daughter Apple) and her determined refusal to play the Hollywood superstar.

Tourist bluffs his way into Paltrow film

As a Brit on holiday in Las Vegas, Carl Kelly might be forgiven for daydreaming about a role in a blockbuster opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. However, the salesman from Knebworth, Hertfordshire, decided to make his dream a reality.

Paltrow: Paparazzi are endangering my child

Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that persistent harassment by paparazzi photographers in London is "endangering" her and her baby daughter, Apple.

Album: Tenacious D

Album: Tenacious D, Epic

Tea of tranquillity

Forget milk and two sugars, Triyoga offers refreshment for mind and body - very Deepak Chopra, darling

Arts: Where there's a Will...

Sir Peter Hall is staging Shakespeare in LA with American actors. And audiences love it.

Peter York on Ads: A wonderful gift from 'Sliding Doors'


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BBC's Great Expectations will be rather more disturbing than the usual costume drama. By James Rampton
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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
12 best olive oils

Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back