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Geldof goes to High Court

Bob Geldof went to the High Court in London yesterday for an emergency order relating to the future of his children after police searching for drugs raided the home of his former wife Paula Yates and her lover Michael Hutchence.

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS?; NO 1: HEAVENLY HIRAANI TIGER LILY HUTCHENCE

Main Claim: Media-friendly parentage. Heavenly Hiraani, as she is to be known for short, is the daughter of Michael Hutchence, rock star, and Paula Yates, soi-disant writer-model-presenter-mothercare expert, and was thus saddled with ludicrous name and huge media interest before birth. Mysteriously absent photos of the infant in question have merely stimulated the nation's curiosity. (See Product Merchandise below.)

Lindas of the world unite ...

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I don't like Fridays

I don't like Fridays

Do we need Chris Evans?

He's brash, he's rude and he's hot property on radio and TV. But, John Lyttle, asks ...

Last night blues

The pantomime is over and Cheggers is all alone in his dressing room.

LETTER : What's in a name?

From Miss Mary Dalton

Dear Paula Yates

Your three children labour under bizarre names: how about playing it straight with number four?

SHORT, SHARP, SHOCKING

Hip on the surface, hard beneath, Charlie Parsons has a handle on the hearts and minds of Britain's youth. His brash, flash style of television is the wave of the future; and, worryingly, a magnet for aspirant TV tyros oStanley Kalms is a capitalist red in tooth and claw He's also got a conscience, agood deal of power, and some very old-fashioned notions about how to save the proper charlie parsons nose don't you know or elseSTUDIES IN POWER

Not just a sitcom Charlie

He has the wit of Harry Enfield, the verve of Kenneth Branagh and twice the nerve of Ian Hislop, but to Dr Who fans, he'll always be Prince Long. Mark Wareham meets Martin Clunes

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Hildegard von Bingen: the "straight pass mix". It had to happen. The 12th-century Benedictine abbess gets the techno treatment on Vision, EMI's latest assault on the cross-over charts. But beneath Richard Souther's New Age washes, "world beat rhythms" and tired drum machines soars a familiar voice - that of Minnesota-born Emily van Evera, solo soprano on the "original" Hildegard album, Hyperion's award-winning 1982 A feather on the breath of God. It's not the first time she's been "sampled". Previously it was used on a TV muesli ad and Hyperion sued. This time, Van Evera got to re-record her bits, although she admits she had no idea of how they'd end up. "It was a real leap of faith." And while she's happy with the idea of one composer re-working another ("it's an old, old tradition"), she concedes that EMI could have signalled the extent of the adaptation more clearly on the cover - "Though you'd have to be pretty doltish not to realise when you listen that this is not medieval." There's no shortage of dolts in the USA where Vision has already sold 200,000 copies, just 50,000 short of the total chalked up by the Hyperion disc in the past 13 years. Chart success has given Van Evera a new celebrity. "I just turned down the Big Breakfast," she says. "Can you believe it, they wanted me to dress up as a nun."

Dear Rupert Pennant-Rea

You'd have been OK committing adultery as a vicar - or a royal. But a banker? Deputy governor of the Bank of England, no less? Sorry, we're not that liberated yet ...
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