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Getting back in shape after pregnancy does not require costly gyms or fad diets

Oasis star denies rift with band

The Oasis singer Liam Gallagher ventured out to buy a pint of milk yesterday, and took time from his brief shopping expedition to deny that the band was on the verge of splitting up.

Sex, babies, Ferraris, whatever turns you on

Anne, 32

Oasis tour of US hit as singer pulls out

Liam Gallagher, lead singer of the chart-topping group Oasis and enfant terrible of the rock world, has pulled out of the band's three-week tour of America at the last minute.

leather trousers are not enough

"There are things known and things unknown," said Jim Morrison, "and in between are the Doors." "There are things above and things below," said Nicholas Barber, "and in between are the Floors."

Loch Lomond is an Oasis for a weekend

Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond is the place to be for Britpoppers this weekend, writes Beatrice Colin. Under the low-hanging clouds of the Scottish Highlands, thousands queued, drank and sang along yesterday as Oasis staged a concert on the scale of Sixties Beatlemania.

A time to be serious serious

Profile: A S Byatt: Jan Dalley on the writer whose ivory tower is suddenly the place to be whose books are suddenly bestsellers

Boy zone

The making of the modern girl: part 2

Actress stars in Rocha return

TAMSIN BLANCHARD

Lights, camera - insects!

Hugh Aldersey-Williams finds the film of an AS Byatt novella more formic than formulaic

FILM The critics: Yes, yes, yes, Mr President

"LIBERTY is moving," are the first words of Rob Reiner's The American President (15). Never mind that this "Liberty" is, in fact, just the secret service code-name for the President (Michael Douglas), who is embarking on his morning schedule. It is a line that rings resonantly in the Land of the Free right now, at a time when government has been standing still. The American President presents a bustling new world, where the chief executive moves as swiftly and purposefully as his secret service men. The movie flies on wings of fantasy as strong and sturdy as those of the proud American eagle, which features in the opening montage of presidential portraits and revered national icons.

Good things in soft packages

UNSTRUNG HEROES Diane Keaton (PG) THE BROTHERS McMULLEN Edward Burns (15) ANGELS AND INSECTS Philip Haas (18) TOY STORY John Lassiter (U) A CLOSE SHAVE Nick Park (U) GHOST IN THE SHELL Mamoru Oshii (15) DR JEKYLL AND MS HYDE David Price (12)

How to survive award ceremonies

Awards are a bit like strangulated hernias; sooner or later, everybody's bound to get one. Alas, a strangulated hernia is by far the more tasteful object to put on your sideboard. Still, awards can only be eschewed by those with a walk-in wardrobe full of them; the rest of us have to gnash our teeth and pray we can make it to the end of the dinner without blubbing too obviously.

So slick, so appealing

Iain Gale admires Gary Hume's gloss
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