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Mario Testino

On The Agenda: Hammer time! No, not parachute pants, but a series of

A celebration of all things outdoorsy in the Lake District next month, in the form of the Kendal Mountain Festival. More than 50 high-octane films will be screened during the event (the biggest for adventure-enthusiasts in the UK), alongside readings – UK rock-climbing heavyweight Jerry Moffatt will deliver an extract from his new book – lectures and a Q&A with urban climber Alain Robert (aka the Human Spider), famous for scaling skyscrapers with his bare hands. 19-22 November, www.mountainfest.co.uk

The secret diary of Mario Testino: What the world's most glamorous

He is one of the best-known photographers on the planet, turning models into superstars and criss-crossing continents to shoot princesses, pop stars and Hollywood players. So just what is the secret of Mario Testino's A-list allure? In an exclusive three-week diary, he takes us behind the scenes of his glamorous life

Reclaim the seats: A new breed of designers is transforming scrap into

Anyone who has seen one of Lisa Whatmough's striking creations will not be surprised that she has a fine-arts background and trained as a sculptor. But the grittiness of contemporary art didn't fit with her desire to create beautiful, desirable objects for people to live with. "Creative design is hard in the art world, because it's not seen as particularly worthy," she explains.

A rare audience with Mario Testino

He's the world's most sought-after photographer, the man the A-list calls when it really wants to look its best. But what exactly is it that makes Mario Testino's portraits so alluring?