Susie Rushton: A frosty start tofestive shopping

Urban Notebook: The almonds had been picked off the top of a Dundee cake; the champagne bottle was empty

Robert Hazard: 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' writer

When Robert Hazard dashed off "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" in 20 minutes in the shower, he never expected what he called this "kind of silly song" to become a worldwide smash for him, or anybody else for that matter.

Parents must rename girl called Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii

Choosing a name for a new baby is always tricky. Should it be classical or modern? Safe or a bit zany? One can only wonder how the parents of one unfortunate girl in New Zealand came up with... Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

Over exposed: Is Annie Leibovitz worthy of a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery?

In the announcement of the National Portrait Gallery's forthcoming retrospective of work by the celebrated New York-based portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, one of the sponsors of the show lets us know how proud he is to be working with Annie (note the personal touch) again. Words such as trust, respect, service are bandied about. These are words that are at odds with what many of us think photographers are up to quite a lot of the time. But surely Leibovitz is not one of these? Surely Leibovitz, photographer of an entire, all-too-well-known world of stars and starlets, is not quite like this?

No sex and no drugs, please. We're Disney. (That's what they all say)

The Jonas Brothers are the latest pop exports from the House of Mouse. Let's hope they don't go the way of Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and the rest

Smiley Miley pouts, and around the world marketing executives are heard weeping

Britney fell from grace, then Lindsay... Now the star of 'Hannah Montana' is in trouble

Terence Blacker: Exposed: the world of grubby grown-ups

A mistress of the ambivalent, the American photographer Annie Leibovitz has a talent for catching a cultural mood in her portraits, while exploiting it at the same time. Her photograph of Demi Moore, nude and heavily pregnant, pointed up celebrity exhibitionism, but in an oddly flattering manner. Arnold Schwarzenegger, stripped to the waist astride what looked like a Lipizzaner stallion, managed to be both quasi-fascistic and yet oddly affectionate. Her latest portrait, a controversial semi-nude shot of the 15-year-old star Miley Cyrus, captures that moment of adolescence which is both knowing and yet childishly innocent.

Disney star regrets flashing her flesh for Vanity Fair's Leibovitz

Sitting for Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old television superstar who plays Hannah Montana in the popular Disney Channel show of the same name, is now wishing she hadn't.

She's bigger than Elvis and the Beatles and worth a mint. But who is Hannah Montana?

Squeaky clean, just 15, and billed as the anti-Britney superstar, Miley's the next big thing

Tweenage kicks: Meet the new kids on the block

Cooler than Christina, bigger than Britney – the next generation of cute, perfectly formed, brilliantly marketed Disney stars is here to stay. Tim Walker on the rise of Miley, Zac & friends

Hannah Montana 3D (U)

Before this week, I had no idea who Hannah Montana was. Now I gather she's an American tween singing sensation on her way to becoming a pop billionaire.

Which is nice for her. Hannah is apparently the alter ego of actress-singer Miley Cyrus, who between them rock out to an all-screaming, all-waving sea of pubescent worshippers. What with the dancers, the fireworks and the glittery costumes, it makes the recent U2-concert film look about as lively as a Rotary Club dinner.

Under-18s sent to war in Iraq, says MoD

Fifteen teenagers - 11 boys and four girls, all aged 17 - have been deployed to fight in Iraq since June 2003, the Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday.

Women directors earn a fifth less than men - and work more

Female company directors earn one-fifth less than their male colleagues for doing the same job despite working longer hours, research revealed yesterday.

Tracey Emin: My Life In A Column

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