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The 50 Best: WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE NEXT THOUSAND YEARS

Thank God for the new millennium - it is the all-time perfect excuse to go shopping. For even if it looks like you will spend That Evening at home in front of the telly, you should still be dressed suitably to welcome in the new era. Luckily, designers and high-street chains alike have outdone themselves in their effort to satisfy our lust for all things sparkly, glittery, sexy, outrageous and just plain party-tastic - and Beth Dadswell, our expert stylist, knows which are the ones you should be seen celebrating in ...

Secretarial: The Temp: Two faces are the perfect accessory

`The Temp', is published by Century/Arrow on 7 October, price pounds 5.99

Europe's Lycra monetary policy fits all

Even for a medium sized economy, monetary sovereignty is increasingly a chimera

Portrait: Law unto herself

Vanessa Walters was just 18 when her first novel, `Rude Girls', was published. The so-called Spike Lee of north London is now 22 and working on her third book while studying law. But she still worries about how she looks ...

Fashion: Easy rider

Darren (above). Courier for six years. Wearing Cyclone Lycra top, Lycra leggings, Trek padded shorts, Shimano cycle shoes and Tuff gloves. "I think I need new gloves! I prefer to wear clothes that are designed for cycling as they're made of stronger fabrics and are much more comfortable."

REAL LIFE: DEAR ANNIE...

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Theatre: Thank you for the musical

MAMMA MIA! PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE LONDON

First Night: Camp feast of Lycra and pop and palindromes

Mamma Mia! Prince Edward Theatre London

Dress to impress with The Independent Graduate and Next

YOU CAN win pounds 250 worth of Next vouchers to spend on dressing for success for your interviews and first job thanks to The Independent and Next. All you have to do is enter the competition below, and follow the advice from Next's style buyers to get ahead in those important first interviews. There is both a men's and women's prize each offering pounds 250 of vouchers for business clothes.

Tanning lines

Since the Sixties, the evolution of the bikini, the ultimate holiday accessory, has been captured in the Pirelli calendar's sexy photographs

How We Met: Mariella Frostrup And Gina Bellman

The television presenter Mariella Frostrup (right) was born in Oslo and lived in Norway before her family moved to Ireland. She worked in music PR and then decided on a career in television. Her first major success was as a presenter for ITV's The Little Picture Show, a late-night film review. She currently has her own talk show on Channel 5, Frostrup on Friday. The actress Gina Bellman was born in New Zealand and moved to Britain at the age of 10. She is starring in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick at the National Theatre, and on 27 December she will be appearing with Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson in the BBC's Ted and Ralph

People in fashion: Captain clubwear

Queens of the gym and the dancefloor stay cutting-edge by shopping at Graham Haines' Sports Locker. Hester Lacey met him

Fashion: The history of... Hosiery - Life before Lycra

WHILE TIGHTS are a relatively recent phenomenon, hosiery itself has been with us for centuries. The word hosiery is derived from the Anglo- Saxon word hosen, meaning covering. As far back as the 9th century, legs were covered with bandages of material, often held in place with strands of gut.

Dance: One foot in the past

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King of the hills for a day (almost)

Inspired and prodded by a ghost with troublesome feet, Nick Clarke took up the challenge of the Welsh 3,000s
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