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BRITISH readers are probably fed up with the Spice Girls, but in India, where live sightings have so far been confined to one satellite television award presentation in Delhi, people can't get enough of them. That's the only explanation for the flurry of hysterical articles about the girl band that has filled the papers here over the past couple of weeks.

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Unfortunately the Dome debate has greatness thrust upon it

The Great Millennium Debate grinds ever onwards, with people weighing in from every walk of society to have their say about the Dome, and Peter Mandelson, and the concept, and the design, and the Greenwich Theatre, and ... well, put it this way - personally I don't blame the Spice Girls for heading to Hollywood to get away from it all.

Who's who on the shop shelf

Bristol-based stockbrokers Hargreaves Lansdown, best known for its annual free guide to companies that give perks to investors, has just produced an "Investor's Guide to the High Street".

The year ahead: A better bet for 1998

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world if William Hill's current list of wacky bets is any indication of the state of the nation. Among the (un)likely events anticipated over the next 12 months: Melinda Messenger becoming a nun (66-1, below) and the Teletubbies recording England's official World Cup song (250-1). So if you have a hunch that Prince William will wed one of the Spice Girls, why not put your money where your mouth is. It's odds-on that the bookies will be only too happy to take your cash

Music: Spice Girls out of tune

The Spice Girls may have had the number one single over Christmas and the biggest movie opening weekend of the year but they have been voted the worst band of 1997 in a Melody Maker readers' poll.

Film: Meet Postmod Spice (she's really nice)

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The Things That Shaped Our Year: The Rise And Fall Of The Spice Girls

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Just slogan spice? Or is it really happening?

Film: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world ...

The World of Spice is a scary place - women rule and men serve only as sidekicks, villains and fall guys. It's not a bad place to visit, Ryan Gilbey says, but you wouldn't wanna live there.
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