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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.

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Jaggers settle on annulled marriage

MICK JAGGER and Jerry Hall reached what their legal minders called an amicable settlement in their pounds 30m divorce case yesterday, sparing themselves an expensive, bitter and potentially embarrassing court battle.

Child support change hits poor

A RADICAL shake-up of child-support rules could be "a cash bonanza for house-husbands", a leading divorce lawyer says.

Divorced fathers must give cash, even to rich mothers

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Stones' pounds 250,000 bid for sympathy with the public

THE ROLLING Stones, badly stung by criticism that they have snubbed their British fans to save paying tax, are planning to make a rare donation to charity in the hope of improving their public image.

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ONE OF the major works of art to go on show at this year's London Original Print Fair is the first landscape etching by Lucian Freud.

For richer and richer

Modern marriage is supposed to be a match of equals, so how come rich wives are scheming to take the money and run? By Hettie Judah

Have we got nudes for you

The naked portrait is back in vogue, and it's not just for the rich. HERO BROWN bared all for the sake of art

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How can years of love and affection dissolve overnight into vitriol and disdain? Hettie Judah hears some sour stories

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Bring out your daughters

Time was when girls would rather die than party with Mum. Not now, though. As Ann Treneman told her daughter as she dragged her kicking and screaming into the night

The Style Police: Fashion begins at forty

At last, older women can keep up with the latest trends and still keep their dignity intact. Phew, says James Sherwood

Debate: If you were Jerry Hall, would you have Mick Jagger back?

Jerry and Mick are in trouble again, as one supermodel after another pops up to claim intimacy with the veteran rockstar. Should Jerry sling him out? Must an affair mark the end? No, says Jeremy Atiyah, there are worse things a partner can dump on a relationship. But infidelity is a betrayal of trust, says Virginia Ironside, and that's hard to come back from

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You want to push them to achieve their potential, but where do you draw the line? By Claire Seeber
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