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

Caped crusaders wing their way to Leicester

Hollywood came to Leicester last night. To be precise, Hollywood came to the Meridian Leisure Park, Lubbersthorpe Way, Braunstone, on the outskirts of Leicester.

`I'd run naked down Oxford Street to finance a film.' The `can- do' producer Paul Brooks talks to Sheila Johnston

Every so often letters land on this desk from wannabe producers seeking publicity and (in the case of real optimists) backing for their new project. The odds are ranged against them. Against their film getting made. Against its securing a cinema release. And, most of all, against its being much good.

Cannes, part deux

Which hits from this year's festival will come to Britain? Sheila Johnston reports

Something bard, and something much worse

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Carry on up the Riviera

It looks as if it will be a bumper year for Britain at the Cannes Film Festival, the programme of which was announced this week. Sheila Johnston surveys the line-up and (right) finds out how Pierre-Henri Deleau picks the films for the Directors' Fortnight

Stricktly for those who wannabe well-heeled

Nothing feels finer than shoes made specially for you. Small wonder. The cobbler will duplicate your feet with wooden 'lasts' - casts on which shoes will be made. In London there are still a handful of Master Bootmakers to make the sturdiest and most comfortable handcrafted footwear. Prices are steep, but it is usually worth it, especially for those with problem feet.

ART / Sort of, almost, in a way, nearly: Is 'Unbound' at the Hayward Gallery a groundbreaking exhibition or a hotch-potch? Andrew Graham-Dixon on the nouvelle vague

The title, 'Unbound', suggests dangerous energies unleashed. But the Hayward's new exhibition of contemporary art also comes with a more prosaic subtitle: 'Possibilities in Painting'. This is the sort of phrase which is traditional Arts Council-ese for 'a load of modern pictures which don't have that much in common but which we like and hope you will come and look at'. Doubts are raised at the outset: is this to be a ground-breaking exhibition, or a hotch-potch?

Obituary: Lynette Davies

Lynette Davies, actress: born Tonypandy, Mid Glamorgan 18 October 1948; twice married; died December 1993.

GLOSSARY / When a geezer turns to crim-speak

'I can't help thinking that had they remained free, the London of today would be a safer place.' 'They' being those community-spirited boys the Kray twins and 'I' - the author of this fatuous speculation - being Mike Reid, comedian and star of EastEnders.

Football Diary: Geordie melody maker

GAZZA, Waddle, Jimmy Nail, Prefab Sprout: Geordieland is musicland. Newcastle United, that conveyor belt of footballing talent, are also nurturing local singers, like Harry Palmer. Only Kevin Keegan received a noisier reception than Palmer, Tyneside's rotund answer to Bruce Springsteen, before last Saturday's game with Tranmere. Palmer, an unknown busker a few months ago, ran to the centre-circle surrounded by paparazzi to pump out his 'Geordie Medley', a seamless collection of great Gallowgate chants. The second verse says it all:

French money brings hope to the film industry: A group of young film-makers has ambitions to transform British cinema. Tim Kelsey reports

ONE OF Europe's largest and most successful film production companies is to finance a British film for the first time. The decision is an important vote of confidence in a new generation of young British film-makers trying to revive the fortunes of the otherwise moribund and unprofitable British cinema.
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