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

My Secret Life: Jade Jagger, designer, 37

My parents were ... a great inspiration to me, although I realise that they were icons to everyone else too. As a child they always encouraged me and gave me the strength and support I needed in order to grow

They call me 'Twiggy'

In 1966, a sixteen-year-old gamine girl with an urchin haircut and a nickname of "Twiggy" become one of the most iconic models of all time. She turns sixty in September and The National Portrait Gallery are celebrating her birthday with a photographic biography of her life.

'24' star quizzed over nightclub confrontation

When the clock’s ticking, Kiefer Sutherland’s famous alter ego Jack Bauer likes to save the world and get the girl by cracking a few heads together. But in real life, the 24 star’s style of conflict resolution can have awkward unintended consequences.

My secret life: Jo Wood, Businesswoman & former model, 53

The home I grew up in ... was a council house in Basildon, Essex, until I was nine. Then we moved into an old vicarage my dad had bought that was in serious need of renovation; we stayed there until I was 16. It was wonderful: 300 years old and full of character.

Last night's television: Sunshine, BBC1; Jack, A Soldier's Story, BBC3; Twiggy's Frock Exchange, BBC2

He’s not afraid of sentiment, Craig Cash. Indeed, he’s not even nervous about painfully cute, judging from the opening of Sunshine, BBC1’s new comedy-drama. As a wistful accordion theme plays on the soundtrack we see a Werther’s Original moment – a fathe rplaying cards with his young son– and a child’s voiceover said, “I’d like you to meet me dad.” There is a double-take coming, though, because the child speaking is not the one we can see on screen, as you’d assume, but the next generation down, and what we’re looking at is the start of a slippery slope. A gambling habit that begins with chocolate buttons is going to end up eating into holiday savings and the mortgage payments.

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Wie is not amused after latest blunder

Brigitte Bardot fined for racism

The former French film star Brigitte Bardot was convicted today of provoking discrimination and racial hatred by writing that Muslims were destroying France.

Jeep Wrangler: Is this the greenest car on sale?

Could a sports utility vehicle be greener than a hybrid car? By Sean O'Grady

Kent Reliance dismantles defences against carpetbaggers

Five years after leading building societies believed they had finally seen off carpetbaggers, the sector could be facing a new threat from windfall-seeking investors. Kent Reliance, a medium-sized society based in Chatham, has dropped rules requiring speculators opening accounts with it to assign any future windfall rights to charity.

The pack fall in line behind Tiger

On and off course, the world No 1 leads his pursuers a dance as he seeks first win since July

Here's to a heady cocktail of kitsch

Take three young men, add shades, suits, Sixties sounds and you have the latest club craze
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine