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HOW WE MET: PEPSI AND SHIRLIE

Shirlie Kemp grew up in London and went to Bushey Meads Comprehensive School, Watford, with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley; at 20, she became a backing singer for their group, Wham!. She now works part-time for George Michael's record label, Aegean, and lives with her husband - the former Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp - and their two children. Pepsi Lawrie Demacque (far right) joined Wham! as a backing singer after the release of their first hit single in 1982. By 1986, Pepsi and Shirlie had formed their own eponymously named group, scoring two Top 10 hits. When Shirlie quit three years later, Pepsi went on to work in musicals (including starring as Josephine Baker), and is currently singing with Forthright, a group of producers and mixers. Both Pepsi and Shirlie are in their mid-30s and live in north London

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At last! A replacement Dummy

One Of the many pleasures of the arrival of the new Portishead album is the hope that the characters in This Life might now stop playing the last one, Dummy, which has pretty much been done to death in the three years since its appearance. The group's Geoff Barrow has even commented on the unwanted "fondue-party" factor attendant on its amazing popularity across all known social boundaries. Indeed, so familiar had the formula of Dummy become that there was a real danger that any follow-up would be superfluous. But Portishead (Go! Beat, all formats) is both a seamless continuation of the group's signature sound, and a deeper version of what went before.

Tomasz is the star as fashion week lives up to the hype

Three things became clear as London Fashion Week sashayed into its second day. Firstly, it really is the largest and most professionally produced set of shows we have seen here. Secondly, there is a more to British fashion than just innovation and over-excitement, and the third point - it is worth all the hype.

Sharp as a diamond, and a diva forever

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GAYTIME TV

July's season of Television at the BFI provides some welcome outings from its archives of gay and lesbian TV from the Sixties to the early Nineties. "Out of the Archives", programmed by TV historian Stephen Bourne, was originally intended as a one-off event in 1992, but its popularity as a celebration of gay voices recording the changing attitudes of British television has turned it into an annual event.

Shampoo and jet set

Hairdressers VIP rooms are hotbeds of high-society gossip. James Sherwood tells all

GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR

Buttmunches beware. Beavis and Butt-Head, MTV's top couch retards, will be "dumbing down" Britain over the next month. The pubescent postmodernists are preparing the ground for their big-screen debut, Beavis and Butt-Head do America (released here on 23 May), by going on the road.

Madonna's visit fuels Dietrich rumour

Madonna made a surprise visit to a London theatre last night, fuelling rumours that she wants to play the legendary actress Marlene Dietrich in a new film.

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Douglas Hogg has capped another disastrous week by refusing to kick at an open goal. Maybe he kicks with the foot he has broken.

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