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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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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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14 best kids' hoodies

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk