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Is it a flag a country should be proud to fly from its rooftops, symbolising a nation united? Or has its image been torn to ribbons by right-wing rage, making it fit only for boxer shorts and tourist T-shirts? Is it time for a redesign of the Union flag?

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Don't put your daughter on the stage was the advice to Mrs Worthington. It was advice Donna Hanford and her financier husband, Jason, were more than happy to ignore.

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I defer to no one in my admiration for Liam Gallagher, the simian rock singer, and Patsy Kensit, the steely-eyed actress. It was intensely frustrating, therefore, to miss the siege of St John's Wood, when the nation's press sat on the couple's doorstep and enquired about their future happiness, or camped out at Searcy's and noted every delivery of champagne, napery and flowers for the reception-that-never-was. I devoured every word, in broadsheet and tabloid alike (the question of whether the bride would or wouldn't be wearing a trouser-suit was the ideological crux of the week, second only to yesterday's Mail exclusive "Why Marie Helvin Has Cut Her Hair at 43") and felt I was there with the fans, the snappers and the Casablanca lilies. But a remark by Ms Jodie Reddick of Hammersmith stopped me in my tracks. "I'm disappointed I didn't get to see Liam," she confided, "but I don't think Patsy's the right one for him. She's a bit vacant".

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Virginia Ironside (once Virginia Grove-White) never made it past the 10-year hurdle. She knows why. So should you

Liam and Patsy call off their big day

Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit (right) yesterday failed to tie the knot, despite having more than 100 guests, albeit uninvited ones, in attendance at three different London venues and their St John's Wood home.

Thousands do it. Patsy and Liam will do it today. But is it time we reformed marriage?

Till death us do part may be too ambitious for Patsy Kensit tying the knot for the third time today at the advanced age of 28.

Third time lucky Patsy?

Young, free and twice-divorced single, today's the day that Patsy gets her man. Again. So, says Emma Forrest, what's wrong with a girl who just wants to settle down?

Melinda: the year ahead

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let's get it straight: curls are history...

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Oasis star in `drug' arrest

Liam Gallagher, the troubled frontman of the rock group Oasis, was arrested in London yesterday on suspicion of possessing drugs. Police stopped the 24-year-old singer at 7.25am in Oxford Street and took him to Marylebone Police Station where a substance, believed to be a controlled drug, was taken for analysis.

Earthly eavesdropper on the role models

The lavatory is quiet compared with the riot outside, where 300 of London's liggers are consuming free drink while ignoring a panicking Brand Manager as he tries to make himself heard over the PA system. My cubicle is a comfort zone, except that there's no space for those bins they put in ladies' loos. It's impossible to sit four-square on the seat.

I will survive

Yesterday's tabloid headlines told it: Jerry Hall wants a divorce. She had stuck it for years but now Mick Jagger had finally become too much, or too little. Serial infidelity, public humiliation, you name it. But maybe that's just what you get when you marry a rock star. Why would you tie that knot, and how would you keep it tied? A primer for rock wives by Ruth Picardie

WHY AREN'T THEY FAMOUS? NO 8: PAUL GALLAGHER

Main Claim: Famous for not being famous. Paul Gallagher is brother of the more famous Liam and Noel. Thus we are a little bit interested in him. Paul, 30, is the oldest Gallagher, the one who's not in Britpop wonder band Oasis. But Paul shouldn't be compared with Sylvester Stallone's brother or Naomi Campbell's mother. Paul does not appear to harbour angry ambitions to secure a recording contract. No, Paul has contented himself with writing a book about his more famous brothers. See below.

Liam looks forward and takes off

The Oasis singer Liam Gallagher flew to Chicago to rejoin the band yesterday, hoping his brother Noel's view of his dramatic walk- out would be "Don't Look Back In Anger".

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The Oasis singer Liam Gallagher arrived in Chicago last night and denied that he did not care about the band's fans.
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