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Waterproofing your wardrobe with practical, yet luxurious, purchases is a wise investment, says Emma Akbareian

What's a clever lawyer doing with such a dumb man?

THE reporters covering Whitewater have given up even trying to explain what it's about. Bill Neely on News at Ten described it as 'a complex land deal that no one understood', and I knew what he meant. I have struggled with Whitewater. I know there is a suggestion that Bill Clinton might have intervened with the state regulators to help Madison Guaranty, the savings and loan firm owned by his Whitewater partner, James McDougal, or to secure improper loans to McDougal's wife, Susan. I am fairly sure Hillary shouldn't have represented Madison Guaranty before a state regulator appointed by Bill. But when I try to comprehend the whole, my brain goes fluffy, like Arkansas cotton.

Letter: Smoking Kate is not a model to follow

Sir: I am writing from a city ravaged by lung cancer, as evidenced by the publication last week of a lung cancer bulletin cataloguing the high rate of lung cancer in the city, compared with the rest of the country. It is, therefore, with dismay that I read the Angela Lambert interview entitled 'Kate Moss asks if she can have a fag' (28 September). The association of a large photograph of a supermodel aged 19 smoking a cigarette is exactly the subliminal advertising that the tobacco industry thrives upon.

Street fashion contemplates its navel: The erogenous zone of today is the midriff, observes Roger Tredre

BLAME Brett Anderson, the umbilically confident (male) lead singer with the pop group Suede, or just blame the warm weather, but be in no doubt that the midriff is the erogenous zone this summer.

Letter: No reason to get one's knickers in a twist

Sir: On learning of an anorexic- looking, eroticised child in high- fashion underwear being featured in Vogue's pages, I, of course, rushed out and bought a copy of the magazine to which your writer had drawn attention and which you illustrated in your pages.

Media: Talk of the Trade: Beefcake complaint

AT LEAST the editor of Vogue didn't use advertising- speak to defend her pictures of Kate Moss in her skimpies. Get this from advertising agency da Costa and Co Ltd and its client Ajax on its latest campaign, featuring semi-naked males in the kitchen. The campaign is 'a re-evaluation of our advertising strategy to reflect the changing role of men and women in society.' A flimsy excuse for shameless exploitation of a young model. I wonder what the chairman of Ajax would have said if it were his son. Still, all that scrubbing has done wonders for his muscles.

Fashion: Heven sent route to stardom: The minimodel Kate Moss is now the face of Opium perfume. Marion Hume reports

LITTLE Kate Moss, our 19-year- old, Croydon-born minimodel superstar, has just snared another high-yield deal. Already in receipt of big bucks for an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein - for whom she appears in girlish vests and knickers and little else - she will now have a significant number of francs to add to her bank account, having signed up as the face of the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance Opium.
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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible