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The former footballer and Spice Girl are expected to invest £5m on doing the house up to their own specifications

Pop museum too posh for Spice Girls

TWO GIANTS of popular music are to clash this spring in a struggle to secure the affections of British rock fans. But it is not a contest that will take place on stage. Instead, the battle for public approval will be fought out between the brand new National Centre for Popular Music and London's freshly refurbished Rock Circus.

Bookies lose on Spice Christmas

IT IS as much part of the festivities as turkey and the Queen's broadcast. The Christmas No 1 marks the time when the music business abandons its cool image and unleashes catchy, sentimental and downright silly singles on the charts.

A new generation of mothers

Daisy is a head-turner, with her honey-coloured, curly hair. She is now 16 - and obviously pregnant

Beat to the beat

The most important appliance in the modern kitchen is the stereo

From Spice Girl to nice girl

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Spice Girls in a spin over scooter deal

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Net Gains: Quality Control www.aperfectmurder.com

Hollywood executives are obsessed about controlling the publicity of their films. However, up until now, the Internet seems to have bypassed their quality-control mechanisms: the Godzilla website actually portrayed the beast devouring the Spice Girls. Tinseltown executives have now begun to twig that they've been underexploiting the medium.

Cheltenham Festival: hapter & Verse

HILARY SPURLING's talk on The Unknown Matisse, the first volume of her biography, had the audience gripped. "During my research," she said, "I discovered a secret about Matisse, a sensational secret. One that it's impossible to guess." A hush fell on the auditorium. The audience craned forward. "And to find out that secret," she went on, "you'll have to buy my book." This eerily echoed Mail columnist Simon Heffer's disclosure about his new life of Enoch Powell. "I found a cache of 400 letters he'd written to his parents ,and they reveal a very different man from the Powell image," he confided. "But I can't tell you any more because I've sold the serial rights to a national paper." Any more of this and they'll start throwing rocks.

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`Spice babes' forecast for failing girls

A HEAD TEACHERS' leader is predicting a wave of copycat teenage pregnancies because of publicity about the two Spice Girls - Posh and Scary - who are expecting babies.

Need to know: The mission - Nicholas Barber tries his hardest to fall under the hypnotist's spell, but can he be persuaded to be a Spice Girl?

Here I am in an Edinburgh pub and, by the end of the evening, I intend to be laughing at things which aren't funny, crying at things which aren't sad, seeing things which aren't real and singing along to Bee Gees songs. Nothing out of the ordinary there, you might think, but I am planning to accomplish all this without the aid of alcohol. I will be using only the power of my mind, as directed by the hypnotist Hugh Lennon.

Personal Finance: Spice up the auction house

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Edinburgh Festival `98: Don't mention the d-word

Death, racism... paedophilia? Do right-on Nineties audiences really want to hear jokes about that sort of topic? Judging by the success of those comedians who've gone for the jugular, they probably do.
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