Putting the Japanese in the picture

No 153: POLAROID

Maybe it's because I'm a patronising Londoner

The road winds down a steep and thickly-wooded hill then opens out upon an immensity of moorland, just as the low, sodden cloud breaks for a moment and the sun blazes through. If we had personal sound-tracks, this would be the moment to bring on the trumpets. There are sheep; there is a distant horizon; there is a silver river winding through a valley; for a moment, the shock of scale, like alcohol, distorts the vision, and I think: could this be the place?

Animal rights: the new model army

Forget dreadlocked crusties and horrid pictures of bleeding beagles: these days the anti-cruelty league would rather go naked. Decca Aitkenhead reports

ARTS; Confessions of an award junkie

One of the year's most acclaimed films, 'Leaving Las Vegas' won prizes at all the major festivals. But what's it like to have the film world at your feet? In this diary, its director, Englishman Mike Figgis, reports from Hollywood's frontline

Why brit boys are the 'it' boys

Metropolitan life: They're weedy and waifish, funky but not hunky. So why do the world's designers love British male models? asks Lucy O'Brien

The model agencies say one of these girls is the proper shape and the other is too fat. Are they right?

A concave chest, pin-thin arms, and jutting hip bones can propel a teenager to catwalk stardom - or straight into hospital with a feeding tube down her nose. Model agencies are once again in the dock amid claims that an eating disorder is an advantage for young girls hungry for the fame and fortune that life as a clothes horse can bring.

It's not cool to like Bruce. People feel embarrassed about seeing a macho man show emotion

Anything bad that happens to me is, I'm certain, a result of not touching Bruce Springsteen's hand. It was months ago, but I still feel angry because practically everyone else in the whole of the Brixton Academy got to press flesh with The Boss. It reminded me of all the times I didn't get a going-home bag at a party because the taller kids got in the way and took them all.

Obituary:Claudette Colbert

The epitome of chic sophistication, Claudette Colbert was as unique among Hollywood heroines as Dietrich or Garbo.

At last! I'm ready for the Nineties

Last week, I met some people in a vast and possibly fashionable restaurant in Soho. Earlier that day, the newspapers had announced that the Feelgood Factor was back. I don't know how they could tell, nor, really, what the Feelgood Factor actually is. It seems to be another way of saying that house prices have gone up, but that can't be right. Can it? They wouldn't say that about anything else. Food Prices Go Through The Roof - Population Dances in Streets, Major Set For Further Term. What is it about houses that we want them to get more expensive?

Street smart

A bit of Mod, a hint of Britpop, and a recollection of the film 'Mean Streets' are this summer's offerings from British menswear labels Paul Smith, Jigsaw and Aquascutum. There are no challenging new shapes - just a casual remix of the traditional elements of easy-wear, easy- care clothes. So shrug on your open-necked gingham shirt and your flat- fronted trousers. Looking cool has never been so effortless. Photographs by Garth Meyer

Winding up Ms Lawley on a desert island turned out to be a tricky busin ess for an enfant terrible

That Hanif Kureishi, he's a one. The enfant terrible author (Buddha of Suburbia), screenwriter (My Beautiful Launderette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid), director (London Kills Me), rock enthusiast (co-editor, The Faber Book of Pop) and freelance wind-up merchant (he told Melvyn Bragg he thought the bloody anti-poll tax riots in Trafalgar Square were "terrific") seems determined to re-establish his desperado credentials.

BLUES: Jimmy Rogers, Belfast

Muddy Waters' mojo worker, the man to blame for heavy metal, awes Colin Harper

One Man a prince in Richards' realm

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But where's the Aston Martin?

the critics

reviewsTheatre The Only True History of Lizzie Finn The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

'The simplicity and innocent beauty of the language gives it depth and an elegiac quality'
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