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Carla's casebook

I am a 40-year-old former supermodel turned singer, and new first lady of France. Now my husband wants me to help him seduce the people of Grande Bretagne, but look what their dreadful tabloid newspapers are doing to me on my first day! How can I win them over?

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A spectacular redevelopment on the canal at King's Cross will be the new home for Central St Martins. Lucy Hodges looks at the plans

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