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What do Lily Cole, Rupert Everett and Peppa Pig have in common? Apart, obviously, from their striking good looks. Answer: they are passionate about reading, and about encouraging children to read. To prove their point, they joined a host of other actors and writers at yesterday's inaugural Get Reading event, a day-long festival in Trafalgar Square in London.

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"PLEASE TRY to behave yourselves!" announced a disembodied voice to the assembled crowd of journalists, television crews and anxious publicists as we made our way up the stairs of the Samuel Goldwyn theatre for the grand announcement of this year's Academy Award nominations.

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Letter: Allow jobs for the boys

Hester Lacey's sensitive piece on Rupert Everett who "sort of fell into prostitution" raises important concerns ("Middle class boy to rent", Real Life, 13 July). A glance at the gay press shows a large number of young men, mostly in their twenties, working from rented premises as well as agencies providing "escort" services. In 1992, Professor Donald West, an eminent sociologist, concluded that these workers are not the stereotypical younger "rent boy" and that they "are pursuing a chosen vocation in a reasonably contended and effective manner".

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It's as star-studded as the Oscars and twice as fragrant: Liesl Schillinger drops in on the perfume awards in New York

Ken is and Hugh isn't. Says who?

The new edition of Who's Who has just been published, an event which is always greeted on BBC news bulletins as if it were another version of the honours list, instead of just a list of curricula vitae. Solemnly we were told yesterday that among the new additions to the list of distinguished people were the athlete Sally Gunnell, the actor Richard Wilson, the comedian Lenny Henry, though presumably if Sally Gunnell were that well known, we would not have to be told that she was an athlete...

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Ooh, aah - it's ever so 'umble chez Cantona

One of the most striking examples of the unpredictable nature of Eric Cantona, Manchester United's fallen hero, must be his choice of house. He has shunned the executive homes in Cheshire lived in by the vast majority of his team mates, not for a converted warehouse flat in the city,but a house in modest Boothstown with crazy paving up the wall. It cost him around £87,000 - about nine weeks' earnings.

Alive and kicking: The British Film industry is not what it was, but reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. This is a bumper year for films being made in this country - some with foreign money, some with foreign talent, but all using British resources and know-how. Sheila Johnston considers the current state of the art and, with Ryan Gilbey, surveys 20 of the best coming attractions

So the National Heritage Select Committee is sending a fact-finding team to Hollywood to look for ways of 'putting the British film industry back on top'. One wonders why they are bothering. That British film industry as we used to know and love it might be dead, but British locations and studio space, creative talent and technical wizardry are suddenly more in demand then ever.

Review: You have to be mad to work here, it's essential

TOM PETERS wants to rewrite that old office gag, 'You don't have to be crazy to work here but it helps'. In a world where a computer that's been on the market for four months is an 'old' product, he suggests that you stand more chance of success if the poster reads, 'You do have to be crazy to work here - it's essential'. Unfortunately he suggests this to a large gathering of suits whose idea of going crazy would be to use a Snoopy biro to fill in their triplicate inventory control reports. As he strides backwards and forwards preaching the virtues of the paperless office and perpetual revolution, his audience sat there scribbling like freshmen at their first lecture - 'we are hpllsly dull in undull wrld'.
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