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Lara Stone wins damages from Playboy

Dutch supermodel Lara Stone has won "significant" damages from French Playboy after the magazine published unauthorised naked photographs of her, lawyers said yesterday.

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Be vigilant – some of our most precious assets are at risk as a result of Mr Osborne wielding the axe. Natural habitats, unspoilt moor land, marshes, and forests are all going to be affected by drastic cuts in Defra's funding. The department's budget took one of the biggest hits: nearly 30 per cent will vanish over the next four years. There will be around 8,000 redundancies in the department and associated agencies. The future of key guardians of our natural assets, the Environment Agency and Natural England, is still "under review", which seems to indicate that more radical surgery is in the pipeline.

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Bob Guccione: Magazine publisher whose 'Penthouse'' fortune disappeared when his soft-porn empire crumbled

At one stage he seemed destined for the priesthood – which may explain why Bob Guccione later poured $17.5m of his pornography-generated fortune into surely the only X-rated film in history that started with a quotation from the Bible. But there were no decorous adornments to Penthouse, his defining contribution to western sexual liberation in the second half of the 20th century. Pubic hair, full-frontal female and male nudes, close-ups of the clitoris, lesbian scenes, urination, fetishism fantasies and much, much more – all appeared for the first time at your friendly neighbourhood newsstand in the men's magazine he launched in 1965, and in Viva, a counterpart of Penthouse for women that followed a few years later.

The naked ambition of Bob Guccione

The founder of 'Penthouse' has died aged 79. Andy McSmith tells the story of the man who brought pornography to the masses

New Playboy club to open

When Hugh Hefner announced back in the early sixties that his Playboy bunnies were coming to London, there were howls of derision from some detractors who prophesied that Britain would never fall for the fluffy-tailed hostesses in the way that America had.

How Madame Bovary became a Bunny Girl (at the age of 154)

A new English translation of the novel that scandalised 19th-century France has inspired October's 'Playmate of the Month' spread – and reignited debate about Flaubert's creation. John Lichfield reports

X Factor hopeful thrown out of Miss GB

Eccentric X Factor hopeful Shirlena Johnson has been thrown out of this year's Miss Great Britain contest after organisers discovered her real age when they watched her TV audition.

Playboy forced to cover up for anti-porn Jobs

Apple and Playboy are rather unlikely bedfellows. Hugh Hefner, who runs America's sauciest publishing house, has made billions from selling sex and – up until January at least – continued to enjoy the company of three live-in lovers whose combined ages were still two decades younger than his 84 years.

Model Lara Stone takes legal action over Playboy photos

Supermodel Lara Stone today announced she is taking legal action after alleging that unauthorised photographs appeared in French Playboy.

Playboy launches new "safe-for-work" website

Playboy has launched a new, non-nude website that it described as being safe-for-work and a "satirical antidote to the drudgery of the work day."

Frank Frazetta: Influential artist who worked on the ‘Conan the Barbarian’, ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Li’l Abner’ comics

A hugely muscled barbarian brandishes a broadsword, defending an impossibly nubile maiden from some hideous enemy: Frank Frazetta's cover paintings for the paperback editions of Conan the Barbarian captured the essence of heroic fantasy, and were credited with turning Robert E Howard's pulp magazine stories into a best-selling franchise that eventually spawned the Arnold Schwarzenegger films.

Penthouse trumps Hef's bid for 'Playboy'

The parent company of Penthouse magazine yesterday tabled a bid to acquire its rival Playboy for $210m (£138m), trumping an $184m offer from the Playboy empire's octogenerian founder Hugh Hefner.

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