Is Bill tough enough to play Action Man?

HE'S BEEN Bill Bloke, Bobby Charlton, Tory Boy, A Regular Guy, Bruce Willis, and even The Real William. Now, in yet another attempt to portray him as a member of the human race, William Jefferson Hague is Action Man.

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`Miss France was fixed' row in court

THE DECISION of the television-viewing French public was clear: it was Miss Paris who should be crowned Miss France 1999. But royalty and popular democracy seldom go well together, especially in France. Great was the fury of the public when their choice for the crown was rejected, despite the fact that they had spent FF3.71 (37p) on each phone-in vote.

Rogue Trader: The week's all-American Archies

ARCHIE MANNING: legendary New Orleans Saints quarterback, inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and hailed as "an ambassador of goodwill and a moulder of men". Bought his underpants at Wal-Mart.

Fashion: Snappy campers

Fishing hats, walking boots and rucksacks are this summer's key accessories. You can team them with bikinis and vests or - just in case the sun fails to shine - with sturdy khaki trousers, thick ribbed tops and hooded sweatshirts

My Week: Philip Treacy - Hat Designer

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From inner tubes do fashion accessories grow

SOME people set out with the deliberate intention of running their own business, others stumble into it, writes Roger Trapp. By her own admission, Julie McDonagh is firmly in the latter camp. "It just happened," she says.

The knack: How to wear a hat, by Marie-Louise

"The important thing is to find the right style for you. Try on as many as possible until you find the best shape for your face. Most people make the mistake of plonking a hat on the back of their head, but it should be worn either straight on, so you're peeping out from under it, or at an angle. Never wear polyester, it's such a naff fabric and very unflattering and heavy. The key to a good hat is that it should look light; not necessarily in colour but in effect. Feathers are good for this and always very flattering. It's got to be light to wear as well, so you don't feel you're being pulled down by it.

The Critics: Theatre - All the Globe's a stage

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Fashion: Market research

On the street; Shoppers at London's Camden market set out their sartorial stalls.

Letter: Bradford & Bingley's bowler hat

Sir: You report (27 April) that the Bradford & Bingley's bowler hat was ousted because research showed that it was thought sexist. Had anybody asked me, I would have said that it always brought Cabaret to mind. Surely nobody thinks of bowler hats in any other context nowadays, and this is something which upon which the sexy new bank could surely capitalise.

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