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Elite agency founder later denounced catwalk models as ‘spoilt pains’

Firemen struggle to contain the blaze at the Paris mansion

Historic Parisian mansion linked to Voltaire and Chopin ravaged by fire

The 17th-century Hôtel Lambert burns just as renovations finish for billionaire Qatari owner

Actor Terence Stamp has been elaborating (a little) on the vexed issue of whether he ever had an affair with Brigitte Bardot

The Feral Beast: Not such a subtle signature

Ready for a boom bang-a-bang

In pictures: Ossie Clark reigns again as the King of the King's Road

The King of the King’s Road reigns again this spring as a collection of photographs celebrating Ossie Clark goes on display in London.

Beyond Serge: Jane Birkin is back in Britain but Gainsbourg is never far away

Jane Birkin: 'I was no Lolita,' says Britain's Bardot

Reflecting on her role as muse for Serge Gainsbourg, the actress and singer is clearly still under his spell, writes Jonathan Owen

My Secret Life: Miles Kane, 26, musician

'The Snowman made me cry'

<p><strong>Royal revival</strong></p>
<p>On Wednesday, the Café Royal on Regent Street is to reopen as a hotel. The London landmark, which opened as a restaurant in 1865, served the likes of Oscar Wilde, Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger before calling last orders in 2008. It now has 159 elegant guestrooms, two restaurants, bar, a members’ club and spa (hotelcaferoyal.com).</p>

Brooke Shields' mother dies at 79

Teri Shields, who launched daughter Brooke's on-camera career when she was a baby and managed the young star into her 20s, has died. She was 79.

Are all beautiful women boring? Samantha Brick strikes again

As a recent study claimed that attractive people tend to conform, and hence are more likely to be boring, Samantha Brick has offered her beautiful opinion on the topic.

Liz Jones declares tattoos no longer slutty

The confessional Daily Mail columnist, Liz Jones has joined the wild side by getting a tattoo of a rearing horse on her upper arm. She details her conversion to "slut-like" ways in today's paper.

Page 3 Profile: Carole White, model agent

The agent to the world's model elite?

Andy Martin: Well - do you want a better brain or not?

A second language builds cognitive potential, not just linguistic ability

Simon English: How long before M&S is past its sell-by date?

What's the point of Marks & Spencer? To chief executive Marc Bolland, the point is pay of £2.5m this year alone. And some extras, doubtless, later. Free M&S clothes perhaps. He dresses in little else. For the press spinners at M&S, £2.5m is barely chicken feed. On the basis it is less than he got a year ago. Uh huh.

Autobiography, By Mary Quant

Nice clothes, but what's underneath?

Stila Glamour Eyes Mascara, £14, asos.com

How To Be Beautiful: On the lash with the 1960s Twiggy look

The best thing about a beauty trend is that you have a little time to observe its success or failure on others before deciding you want in. In fashion, if you take three months to decide that denim harem pants could work for you, you'll have missed the boat (incidentally, you'd also be wrong).

Preston Deco Rose shorts, £145 from paigeusa.com

How to make great strides

Paige Adams-Geller is the go-to woman for flattering denim. She shares her secrets with Harriet Walker

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis