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Mario Testino’s talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Testino has a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets “in your face” he captures you at your best — and that is what makes him the best.

The Golden Compass (PG)

If you're not already a fan of Philip Pullman's book you'll be baffled by a film that's full of stars but sheds little light

Victoria Summerley: Town Life

Know what my favourite Disney film is? Beauty and the Beast. I love the scene where the Beast takes Belle into the vast library in his castle and she decides that there might be more to him between the covers, as it were. There's something very appealing about a heroine who can be seduced by the prospect of a book at bedtime.

Health watchdog approves Herceptin for NHS

The breast cancer drug Herceptin has been approved for use on the NHS, under draft guidance issued by the Government's health watchdog today.

Africa's medicine man

To his patients, he's simply 'Dr Paul'. To the people working in Aids-ravaged communities, he's a revolutionary - and an inspiration. Jeremy Laurance hears why

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There's a lovely passage in David Thomson's latest book The Whole Equation in which the author sheepishly confesses to having a crush on Nicole Kidman. Actually, I'm not sure that "sheepish" quite does justice to his tone - which is a good deal more analytical than that might suggest - but Thomson is uncomfortably aware that such a feeling could be taken as undermining his professional standing as a writer on film. "In one obvious way it is an admission that could rule the critic out of order," he says. On the other hand, he wants to argue that such feelings are absolutely central to the spell that cinema exerts over us. This raises the uncomfortable question of what we mean when we say we "love" an actress or actor - and how it might colour and corrupt our more intimate uses of the word.

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Walk Of The Month: Head for the Hill - it's an Iron Age spectacular

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