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Camping with hair tongs and designer kit is fast becoming a national pastime - especially in these hard times, pitches Annie Deakin

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The city of Kashgar is a melting pot of nationalities where East and West meet. But its rich heritage is being crushed by Beijing's brutal attempt to impose Chinese culture on an unruly imperial outpost.

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Elizabeth Hurley eats pets. Don't take my word for it: the piglet she hand-reared in the laundry of her country mansion last year is now in her freezer, she says, waiting to be roasted. The revelation appears in an article she's written for a glossy magazine, extolling the joys of country living, although it has to be said that Ms Hurley doesn't seem to have quite grasped some essentials.

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As the economy nosedives, handbooks on cheap and simple pleasures thrive. Susan Jeffreys reads the new literature of atonement

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McQueen weaves some animal magic in a show of natural delight

The audience was met by a menagerie of animals – everything from an elephant and a panther to an armadillo and a polar bear – at Alexander McQueen's show in Paris last night. Above them hung a projection of the globe.

Stella's very grown-up collection

A seven-metre high, 14-metre wide Fuzzy-Felt backdrop courtesy of the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman greeted guests at Stella McCartney's spring/summer show in Paris yesterday. Rainbow-coloured rabbits, giraffes and a particularly anxious ladybird all made for suitably cute viewing.

Belles and Whistles

Jane Shepherdson made Topshop hot - can she do the same for Whistles?

Luxury goods brand Herm&egrave;s defies gloom

The French luxury goods brand Hermès posted a set of credit-crunch-defying revenues for its second quarter yesterday, boosted by soaring sales of its trademark leather goods, silk and perfumes.

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