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Ambassador Dimitrov was very, very cross with Ukip’s “unacceptable” and “extremely serious” “propaganda leaflets” suggesting that millions of Bulgarians were about to flood into Britain. He would have been much more cross if it had been at a lunch at which Ukip’s leader was regaling reporters with his full-on cheeky chappie routine worthy of the man he himself described as “that late, great comedian Bob Monkhouse”: stand-up with an electoral twist.

The joy of sex at sixty

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Saturday night's all right for biting

Put a foot wrong and you may get your finger chewed off. Is this the start of disco rage?

Health: The sound of deafness

What a disaster: your parents may have been right all along. Music at rock concerts and clubs, and from personal stereos could be causing irreversible damage to our hearing.

'People's Mayor' rallies his troops

"OBVIOUSLY, IT was a tough one for me between supporting Ken Livingstone and Peter Stringfellow... but at the last minute I came down in support of Ken."

Interview: Chris Smith - Just plain old Mr Smith

The Deborah Ross Interview: He likes the odd meal out and costume dramas on telly. He's brilliantly unflashy. Yet he's a national treasure

Media: What's a girl like you doing on a magazine like this?

The woman once voted `most likely to run a brothel' is cracking the editorial whip at the Erotic Review.

How Hoffmann's halo slipped

LORD HOFFMANN may be reflecting today on how easy it is for a halo to slip.

Feeling a draught? It'll be angels' wings

THIS IS the season of angels. Christmas is the time when these heavenly messengers come into their own, and never more so than this year. They are on stamps, cards, the internet, and gifts.

Pop: Rod Stewart, cool? Well, almost...

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Fashion: On the street - Ladies' night

The girls enjoying a night out at London's Stringfellows like to keep abreast of fashion, as Melanie Rickey found out

Debate: If the Seventies were the decade taste forgot, why are we so keen to remember them?

The opening of the film 'Velvet Goldmine' last week has plunged us into yet more Seventies- mania. It was a decade of non-stop fun and glamour, argues Peter Stringfellow, and too often maligned. Simon O'Hagan begs to differ: it was bad enough that the Seventies happened once; do we really have to relive them?

Real living: What makes these men so attractive?

It certainly ain't looks. But they are all rather well off. Claire Seeber on the new wave of sugar daddies

Debate: Are men physically incapable of monogamy, or is fidelity simply a state of mind?

Will Carling's decision to leave his fiancee and their 10-month- old son following his latest infidelity has caused widespread outrage. Zak Jane Keir argues that Carling was only doing what comes naturally. But Peter Baker claims biology is irrelevant to mono-gamy, and that recent studies prove men are not only faithful, but happy to be so

Living with guilt and boredom in the real world

Every TV show creates a parallel world where other people's lives are more ordered than yours

Property: The stunning stairways that sometimes steal the show

ALL HOUSES need a focal point. Sometimes it is the wonderful inglenook fireplace or, the Aga in the kitchen and just occasionally, it is the staircase. Just when a staircase is purely functional and when it is an art form is debatable, but a truly amazing staircase can become quite a feature of a house.
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