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THEATRE Blithe Spirit Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester is gambling on big female names this season. The Hollywood star Kathleen Turner will soon be launching a solo show about the egregious Tallulah Bankhead and a screen luminary of an earlier vintage, Leslie Caron, has just opened in Nocturne for Lovers, a play about the passionate relationship between Chopin and George Sand which, in certain circles, has been affectionately rechristened Chopin and Fucking.

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Small, and perfectly formed: Karen Mulder, supermodel, appraises the Sindy brand rendition of her form, one of a collection of dolls launched in London yesterday that includes Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer Photograph: Tony Buckingham

Bardot backs the big bad wolf

An unlikely coterie of crack French troops, huntsmen, shepherds and Brigitte Bardot has come together in pursuit of the "wolf of Larzac", a beast said to have cost farmers 50 lambs since May. No one has actually seen the wolf, but apocrypha in the villages insist that a policewoman fired at it from 20 yards and missed.

Now look here: Mick Harvey is Serge Gainsbourg

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Sweet fifteen

FASHION It may be every teenager's dream, but few make it on to a model agency's books. Fewer still make it to supermodel status and the fabled pounds 10,000 price tag just to get out of bed. Melanie Rickey assesses the chances of Emma Blocksage, the latest young contender

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The price of Fem

Are Fem 2 Fem just another fluffy girl-band with catchy, anodyne tunes and the usual lack of clothing? Ah, no, listen closely. In their last single, "Switch", Fem 2 Fem urged women everywhere to "Switch" (and they don't mean their shade of mascara) "to the beat that's right for you". On stage, Fem 2 Fem bump and grind like Bananarama could only dream of; slinking and smooching and setting pulses racing.

Letter: Portsmouth tops for ugly shops

Sir: There is at least one exaggerated claim in Simon Calder's piece about Manchester ('Manchester versus St Petersburg: like choosing between rain and snow', 22 October). Sam Chippendale may have left Manchester with the longest lavatory wall in Europe - but surely not the ugliest building. As something of an aficionado of shopping centres, I would suggest that Manchester Arndale is a Cindy Crawford of the genre when set alongside the truly repulsive Tricorn shopping centre in Portsmouth - and the Tricorn has the awards to prove it.

The pain in the pursuit of pleasure: Saturday Night

Wanda answered the door, smiling, and pointed upstairs with her cigarette. Someone had given her a carton of long Marlboro Lights and before lighting one she would break a bit off the end and mutter 'Hooker cigarettes'.

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