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The name Jordan conjures up one image, for most: the artist now known as Katie Price. An artificial re-engineering of our contemporary ideal of woman. For me, it conjures up another Jordan, whose artifice again helped reshape views of femininity, albeit in a very different way.

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"I'm out! I'm free!" Stephen Farrell calls the New York Times's foreign desk after being rescued from Taliban kidnappers by British special forces

Last Night's TV: Heroes, BBC2<br />The Baron, ITV1

There aren't many stories that wouldn't be improved by the addition of a few superpowers, preferably in conjunction with skin-tight costumes and masks, but I'm not going to be dogmatic about that. All that "from his mother's womb untimely ripped" nonsense at the end of Macbeth, for example: much more satisfying for Macduff to pull out a hunk of green kryptonite, thereby depriving Macbeth of the super-strength and invulnerability that have got him where he is. Wouldn't it be a breath of fresh air if Mr Darcy disclosed that the reason he's been acting so cold is that he had to protect his secret identity, and was wary of Elizabeth Bennet cottoning on to the fact that he has the proportionate strength and agility of a genetically modified spider? And there isn't a single short story by Raymond Carver that doesn't scream for the presence of a band of costumed mutant vigilantes, preferably ones who've been trained in a lost oriental martial art.

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Books: Treasure this material girl to treasure

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Catherine Deneuve and David Bailey are back together . . . on video, at least. Back in the Sixties (when it was cool to be married for five minutes) Catherine was, briefly, Mrs Bailey. Now Malcolm McLaren has recruited Bailey to make the video of the first single from his new album, Paris. The singer is Catherine Deneuve. Bailey has included footage from their wedding, including a sighting of a youthful Mick Jagger, in the video.

EXHIBITIONS / Fashion statement: Jamie Reid's images symbolised punk rock. But now his creed is shamanarchy in the UK. Joseph Gallivan listens in

Jamie Reid's ransom note typography and his image of the Queen with a safety pin through her lip have come to symbolise the whole of punk rock. Framed in the Hard Rock Cafe and snapped up by teenage tourists in Carnaby Street, Reid's mid- period has become the shorthand for his whole artistic career. Which is something he's not very happy about. His latest exhibition, in which his wall hangings provide the environment for some large slate tables on to which more of his imagery has been screenprinted, aims to put the record straight.

A manager lashes out: Camille Paglia thinks managers are villains. Simon Napier-Bell believes she hasn't checked the small print.

IN Sex, Art and American Culture, the American essayist Camille Paglia turns her mind to many topics - from date rape to the management of rock stars. 'These days,' she says, 'rock musicians are set upon by vulture managers, who sanitise them and package them and strip them of their unruly free will.' Well, perhaps these poor rock stars shouldn't have dated their managers in the first place. But what did they expect? And what does Paglia want?

FASHION / Clump, clump, clump

Here they come. Clump, clump, clump. Nothing can stop them. Clump, clump, clump. The horrible shoes.
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