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She's with the band: How to rock a look

Designers are being inspired by music stars this season – Miu Miu's latest heroine certainly knows how to rock a look, says Susannah Frankel

Minor British Institutions: Fish fingers

Ah, the British and food. It doesn't much matter what it is, as long as it's inside something: bread, breadcrumbs, batter, pastry, packet. And if it's easy and good for a laugh as well, bingo. Thus the fish finger, the frozen digit stapled into our lives from weaning (unless you're Nigella, who didn't taste one until she was 19).

Simon Cowell taught himself everything

Simon Cowell "didn't learn anything" at school.

Cardle tops chart despite campaigns

The debut single by The X Factor winner Matt Cardle has fought off fierce competition from various internet campaigns to claim the Christmas No 1 spot.

Cowell sees off his critics to secure Christmas No 1

Unlike last year, the 'X Factor' producer had so many rivals that the way ahead was clear

Blue plaque at London home of a Victorian Simon Cowell

He was the very model of a modern major impresario, the driving force behind the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and founder of the Savoy Hotel.

David Randall: I'm not skiving – I'm working, but with a fag

The many benefits of the cigarette break

Music stars launch their silent protest against Cowell

Cage's silent composition gets the Live Aid treatment. Rebecca Gonsalves reports

Diary: Palin – the white cat purring on Murdoch's lap

How to put the seal on media history's most remarkable career and cement the gnawing suspicion that you are the most powerful person on the planet? The answer for Rupert Murdoch is now plain. He apparently intends to put Sarah Palin in the White House, and this must give those of us who have glibly dismissed her chances in a general election, if not of winning the Republican nomination, excruciating pause for thought.

Brits triumph with five International Emmys

Britain's TV talent enjoyed a triumphant night at the International Emmys, walking off with half the main awards.



Simon Cowell is my inspiration, says Palin as she faces public vote

For a woman who has declared her heroes to be the authors of the US constitution, Ronald Reagan, and members of the Tea Party, the most obvious role model is not Simon Cowell. But in the new book that some observers see as the launching pad for a putative presidential bid, Sarah Palin has cited the brusque X-Factor judge as an inspiration.

Album: Susan Boyle, The Gift (Syco)

On Susan Boyle's second album, the balance between hymns and popular songs that characterised I Dreamed a Dream tilts more decisively churchwards, with a preponderance of carols now peppered with just a smattering of secular material, and an overly religiose tone applied to the likes of "Perfect Day" and "Hallelujah", songs at least partly written about heroin and orgasm, respectively.

John Walsh: Simon Cowell, the Booker awaits you

I went to the Man Booker Prize dinner at the Guildhall on Tuesday and bags of fun it was: the crush of 500-plus literary titans, agents, publishers and alternative-investment managers from the Man Group, the hot frocks of the ladies (the top three were wrapped around Amanda Ross of the TV Book Club, Mariella Frostrup and the poet and gossip writer Olivia Cole), the yummy rump of lamb, the sound of the impeccably patrician Sir Jonathan Lloyd distastefully trying the words "podcast," "app" and "available for download" on his tongue before confessing: "I find myself on unfamiliar ground here."

Cowell backs Gamu in deportation battle

Simon Cowell has thrown his weight behind the campaign to save snubbed X Factor star Gamu Nhengu from deportation to Zimbabwe, it was revealed today.

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