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News Kate Moss posed naked in a series of publicity shots as part of her rumoured, six-figure sponsorship deal with St Tropez

Kate Moss' naked body boosted sales at PZ Cussons during the first half of the year as customers snapped up at St Tropez fake tans she advertises.

Raymond Lefevre: Maestro of easy listening

Radio listeners who grew up in the Sixties will recall "Ame Câline" ("Soul Coaxing"), the haunting orchestral instrumental which became a staple of the pirate station Radio Caroline's playlist. Arranged, conducted and recorded by the orchestra leader Raymond Lefèvre and issued on the Major Minor label, which had close ties with Caroline, "Ame Câline" became a huge international hit in 1968.

Summer camp beckons for mini-billionaires

Today's feckless, globe-trotting billionaires squander their fortunes in Hamptons' night-clubs, or St Tropez, or Court 13 of the Royal Courts of Justice. But for tomorrow's generation, the business of being rich – and staying that way – will require an awful lot more hard work.

Hey little rich girl - a pop wannabe's birthday bash

Freya Dawson is a pop wannabe who sang with Mark Ronson at her lavish birthday bash. But the stunt may have backfired

24-Hour Room Service: Villa Marie, Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez in high summer really can be a bit de trop. In July and August young and old flock here to bronze themselves at the numerous beach clubs lining the Plage de Pampelonne and to promenade down the pretty Tropezienne harbour, which is fringed by row upon row of "mine's bigger than yours" yachts. But another quieter, more discreet side to life on the Riviera also exists here among the bling.



A Rough Guide to England? It certainly is

England may boast one of the world's largest cities and can claim to have some of the most beautiful countryside on the planet, but that was not enough for it to escape a scathing appraisal in one of the world's top travel guides.

£10m for Diana investigations

British taxpayers will pick up an estimated £10 million bill for investigating claims that Diana, Princess of Wales was murdered.

La Cage Aux Folles

Directed by Edouard Molinaro

La Cage aux Folles, Menier Chocolate Factory, London<br />The British Ambassador's Belly Dancer, Arcola, London

Confused? Tired of life? Then bring on the dancing girls!

The reforms that promise an easier life for landlords

The rising damp of regulation in the rented sector is set to be treated. Under the final draft of a report by the Law Commission, the "archaic, complex and inflexible" rules governing the relationships between landlords and tenants could be scrapped in the next 18 months.

Have you heard the one about the KGB chief, the ski guide - and Roman Abramovich...?

Neither had Brian Viner, until he hit the slopes and got talking to the locals in Courchevel. He rediscovered his old skiing skills and learnt a lot more besides in the playground of Europe's high rollers

My Life in Travel: Stelios Haji-Ioannou

'The first thing I always do is ask the concierge for a good restaurant'

Where the stars come out to play

Money talks. And in the summer, it's hard to get your voice heard among the yachts, jewels and sports cars of the C&Atilde;&iquest;te d'Azur, says Rory Ross

MaxMara mixes summer trends

EITHER SOMEONE at MaxMara has a sixth sense, or its design team has far-reaching antennae, because the spring/ summer 2000 show in Milan yesterday included just about every main trend - from sharp jeanswear in blue or cappuccino to chiffon cut into peasant blouses with pintucked sleeves.

THE DIARY, SIR ELTON JOHN: Lazy days in the South of France - Nice

My summer started off badly because, as most people know by now, I had a pacemaker fitted. One Saturday afternoon, I was supposed to go and play in Italy and I felt very ill and dizzy and had to cancel the show. The next day I was supposed to go to the Victoria Adams-David Beckham wedding and I couldn't go to that either ... I was whisked back to London on the Sunday night, went in for tests for three days, got the all-clear and then came back to the South of France. I was playing tennis in the afternoon when my partner, David, and my doctor said, "It's more serious than we thought. You've got to go back to London immediately and have a pacemaker fitted."
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