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Obituary: Mario Soldati

IN HIS later years Mario Soldati, the Italian novelist and film director, suffered from a language disorder called nominal aphasia. For a writer, this is the cruellest affliction. Periods of lucidity were sabotaged when Soldati was unable to remember the right word. This linguistic incompetence could bring him to tears. Soldati swiped at objects with his walking stick (tea cups, plates: anything that broke easily) until his secretary, the long-suffering Gina, intervened. "Calm down, Mario!"

Is It Worth It: Scented smalls

A week's wages on underwear? Well, if you want them to be permanently perfumed, it's going to cost you

Real Living: In love with my curves

Poor self-image and countless diets punctuated Annalisa Barbieri's teens. Only now, as a woman, has she learnt to appreciate her natural shape. Better late than never, she says

People in fashion: Pigs and mules

She lives on a farm and takes a dim view of fashion. Annie, Real Life's sartorial agony aunt, talks to Annalisa Barbieri, the woman who knows her best

WHO DONE IT?

Ray 'The Cat' Jones, who has spent more than 30 years in prison, now wants recognition for the Sixties theft of Sophia Loren's jewels. Will Cohu hears his story

Fashion: Alexandre the Great: what a hair-stylist

The century's most glamorous names have had their hair cut by him, among them the Duchess of Windsor. Alexandre is now celebrating 60 years in the industry.

Travel: A short stay in... Cardiff

European leaders meeting in Cardiff this week may be surprised to find themselves in a green and pleasant capital of culture and song. Whether looking at Impressionist paintings or visiting the Welsh National Opera, they will have no excuse for being bored. By Nerys Lloyd-Pierce

Sinatra's final curtain draws a full house

THE BLACK stretch limos, along with the odd Rolls, were double- parked nose to tail along North Bedford Drive.

Picasso case man jailed for 3 years

FORMER cat burglar Peter Scott was yesterday jailed for three and a half years for his part in a plot to sell a stolen pounds 750,000 Picasso painting.

Cat burglar admits role in stolen Picasso plot

A CELEBRATED cat burglar who claimed to have renounced his life of crime yesterday admitted his role in a plot to sell a stolen pounds 650,000 Picasso.

Police sting ends the tale of the cat burglar and a stolen Picasso

A FORMER professional cat burglar, whose victims were said to have included Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor, came out of retirement to steal a valuable Picasso only to be arrested after a police sting, a court heard yesterday.

The hidden meaning behind your mascara

Do you see yourself as a natural, classic or dramatic beauty? Glenda Cooper explains what the results of a special survey say about how women choose their make-up

Chaplin family refuse to be made Charlies over the euro

What does Charlie Chaplin make you think of? Comic calamities, an unsteady gait, a bumbling persona - perhaps the qualities of an ideal candidate to promote the European currency. But, as Clare Garner heard, his family have reservations.

Say hello, and wave goodbye

They have been huge for five years; by now there can't be a single man alive in this country who hasn't been clobbered by a pair of breasts swathed in a Wonderbra, or sister-of-Wonderbra. Fifties sirens (Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, etc) made missile tits under twinsets an exciting look, but today's updated version has been flogged ever so slightly to death. Time to ditch this pesky lifestyle item. Why?
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