Arts and Entertainment Face values: Paul from Channel 4’s ‘My Tattoo Addiction’

Roll up, roll up! See the tattooed man with no job and £71 a week to support his whole family

Final chapter for the celebrity novel?

Joan Collins's publisher has given up on her writing. Glitzy authors, watch out. Nicholas Clee reports

A novel situation for Joan Collins

DAVID USBORNE

Women on HRT 'enjoy much longer lives', study shows

GLENDA COOPER

Branagh film gets top award

Kenneth Branagh's latest film, In The Bleak Midwinter, won a prestigious award last night at the Venice Film Festival. The film, which brings together such diverse acting talents as Joan Collins, Richard Briers and Jennifer Saunders, is a low-budget romantic comedy set in the world of thespian "luvvies".

When Talk Radio becomes Bloody Well Shut Up Radio

DO YOU find too many talk shows encourage people to phone in and say what they think? Do you agonise over whether to dial that number? Did you discuss making that call with your partner? How did he or she feel about it? How do phone-ins affect people with heart problems or varicose veins? Have you had a positive or negative experience on the line? Or no experience at all? Do many people experience not having experiences? Call us.

Underrated; the case for Joan Collins

Okay, okay. Let's own up and get it over with: Joan Collins's face does look as if it would run if you touched it. Yes, she was the rankest of Rank Starlets - cop her oh-so Maida Vale juvenile delinquents in such black-and-white Brit B's as Cosh Boy and Turn the Key Softly - and there was a moment during her reign as Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan when her resemblance to Joan Crawford began to get seriously scary: those shoulder pads, that warpaint, the ruthless determination to adapt, remodel, remix and endure as a star, no matter what.

Hard times beckon on a bitch of a course

Guy Hodgson assesses a demanding links venue with a whiff of scandal

Standing room only in search for perfect tan

Mary Braid finds fears at a tanning parlour confined to skin colour

How to turn your old fridge in to a TV star

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Snooker: Hairy White cut short

At the 21st anniversary of the Benson and Hedges Masters, the first of the semi-finals flashed by like an express train. John Higgins of Scotland became the first wild card player in the tournament to reach the final, beating Jimmy White six frames to one. Blink and you would have missed it, although you probably would not have regretted that. It was one of White's most dismal performances in what has of late become a string of them.

When you wish upon a star... : MEDIA

Using a celebrity to plug a product is the oldest advertising trick in the book. Ronald Reagan, ex-American president, has been doing it for years - promoting GE Electric in the 1990s with the same gusto he applied to Chesterfield cigarettes in th e 1950s. But the industry remains divided on its merit.

Fashion: Lift those shoulders]: Pad-power goes back a long way - from Elizabeth I to Joan Collins. Now puffing and stuffing are back - but expect more subtlety this time round. Tony Glenville reports

So you thought shoulder pads had gone out with Dynasty? Wrong. Designers have (once again) said goodbye to the floppy, unstructured shoulder and hello to those strange mounds of wadding, sewn in under jacket linings (and devilishly difficult to rejig into place after a garment's visit to the dry-cleaners).

University hails the prodigal it turned away 42 years ago

AT SIX O'CLOCK yesterday evening, a slight but perceptible tremor ran through the world of academia. Oxford University forgave.

OPERA / Bewitched, bothered, bewildered

WITH summer just a memory, the Proms no more a nightly fixture, the opera houses can settle down to the autumn seasons. What to kick off with? Big tunes and spectacular productions, of course: Puccini all round - Turandot in the grand style at the Royal Opera on Monday, Tosca the modern way at ENO two days later.

FILM / They don't make them like they used to: The teenager in Richard Linklater's forthcoming movie is Dazed and Confused, every bit as world-weary as the Slacker of Generation X. Time was when the teenager was a world- beating rebel, striking a pose and strutting his stuff. So what happened? By John Lyttle

Being a movie teenager used to be a gas. Okay, you learnt a dull lesson or got tamed in the final reel - if you didn't you usually croaked either hot-rodding or rumbling or were branded a genuine juvenile delinquent and hauled away by Officer Krupke - but before you bowed to the inevitable dictates of Hollywood morality you had fun. You terrorised entire towns (The Wild One), gave the campus cuties hickies they'd never forget (I Was a Teenage Werewolf), beat up the new supply teacher (The Blackboard Jungle) and, best of all, made Mom and Pop feel really guilty for not attending to your bottomless emotional needs every minute of the day (Rebel Without a Cause).
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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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