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Most people benefit from experience, but in David Bailey’s opinion age has not improved his skills. Speaking at the launch of an exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery today, the photographer admitted that he is no better now than he was when he started taking pictures more than 50 years ago. “I haven’t progressed. I’ve probably got less good. I take exactly the same photos as I did when I was 16,” he said.

With friends like these...The difficulty of dividing up the friends after a divorce

Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife Cécilia says she lost her social circle after her divorce. And she's not alone. Sophie Morris discovers the true cost of divided loyalties

The stars come out for GQ awards

He is not known for his dress sense, but Boris Johnson was presented with an award by style gurus Trinny and Susannah.

Paperback: The Mitfords Ed. Charlotte Mosley

With all the hilarity and snobbery of Britain's most "U" family, these "Letters Between Six Sisters" will delight Mitford fans and enrage their critics. The index goes from Hitler ("Poor Sweetheart Führer") to Jerry Hall ("a sort of beautiful, goat-like, tall creature"), and that's just the "H"s. All the glamour and trauma of a mostly forgotten age – though as Diana admitted, "The Mitfords would madden me if I didn't chance to be one."

Man guilty of murdering woman on first date

Fitness trainer Karl Taylor was found guilty today of murdering businesswoman Kate Beagley on their first date.

Celebrity exes: Just good friends? Oh yes they are, oh no they're not!

While some celebrities take the art of moving on to a higher level, there are others whose love lives are just as tangled as anyone's. And many of those tangles seem to be made of elastic.

Only a shmuck would think that Kabbalism can win a game of football

A little Jewish fatalism, for example, would have taught us not to score so early as we did against the French

A ray of hope in the shadowy world of books

SHE IS blonde, slim and American, and has been to bed with at least one rock star. Who could be surprised, then, that Jerry Hall's appointment to the panel of judges for the Whitbread Books Prize has caused trills of outrage from the heart of the small and snobbish literary world?

Robert Winder's Notebook: Rocks, fossils and a rock wife

This is going to sound like name-dropping, but there I was, looking at some Jurassic fossils in a Notting Hill art gallery the other day, when who should come in but Jerry Hall. She walked around enthusiastically, peering for a closer look at the ancient trilobites and ammonites on display. "That's sooo cooool," she kept saying. "I'll take it." A few moments (and a few thousand pounds) later, out she swept again, pausing good-naturedly in the doorway to have her photo taken with the smiling staff, against a backdrop of fossilised fish.

The Knack: HOW TO JUDGE A BOOK

BY NATASHA WALTER, 1999 BOOKER PRIZE JUDGE

You ask the questions; (Such as: Marianne Faithfull, do you ever feel jealous of Jerry Hall and think `that could have been me'?)

Marianne Faithfull, 52, was born in Hampstead, north London. She left home aged 17, when she was introduced to the Rolling Stones' manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. Described by Oldham as "an angel with big breasts," she made her music debut in 1964 with "As Tears Go By". The song, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, was a top 10 UK hit.

Do you come here often, then?

You can teach an old dog new tricks. CAYTE WILLIAMS checks out a course in the fine old art of flirting

Is it worth it... The Aquis Hair Turban

Long, lustrous hair may turn heads, but unless you've got a team of stylists at hand, Jerry Hall-esque locks can be a nightmare.

Law: Marriage on the rocks

An exotic beach makes a perfect setting for a wedding - unless you break the local bylaws.

Only in LA: Hallmarks of an odd couple

SOMEONE RECENTLY made the remark that the Internet is the new rock`n'roll, which might explain why Jerry Hall has moved on from her long marriage to Mick Jagger and has now hooked up with Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft.
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