Wanted: ageing Scandinavian model...

Once deemed safe but frumpy, now it's gaining classic status. Suddenly, everyone wants a Saab, says Oliver Bennett

Quiddities: an interactive review of the oddities of the year

1. How many camels were killed in Britain by lightning in 1997?

CRIES AND WHISPERS: Spice up your life with a deodorant ... or a crisp ... or a lolly

Sorry to go on about the Spice Girls again, but if it wasn't me it would be someone else. As the album title rightly says, this is Spiceworld. There's nowhere you can avoid them. On every billboard in the land, they're waiting, grinning away, taking a breather from advertising their own products only in order to advertise someone else's. If you've got a furniture warehouse or a second-hand car showroom you want to publicise, give them a call. They posed for Channel Five, remember, so they must be just girls who can't say no.

Dilemmas: The day a hairdresser gave me the cruellest cut of all

Sara used to have lovely long hair until a week ago, when a hairdresser persuaded her to have it all cut off. Now she feels desperate when she looks in a mirror. She doesn't want to wear a wig, and she knows it'll grow back eventually, so why is she reacting as she does?

Ulrika has it. William and Nicola do not. Welcome to Middle Youth

It is 6am on Sunday morning and two people are leaving the Cross night-club in north London. One is 35 and one is 33. They have been up all night dancing. After a few hours' sleep they go to a garden centre. The are living the life of the Middle Youth.

Essay: Julie and Charlotte's new baby

The Modern Review is back, rejoining a gang of literary and political magazines with small circulations and high ambitions. Robert Hanks looks for the meat

TV stars to stage live shows

Cult television comedies Shooting Stars and The Fast Show are to stage a series of huge rock-style live events.

Vic and Bob's `Omnibus' treatment

Comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer will be analysed in a forthcoming Omnibus, BBC1's arts documentary series.

John Simpson spoils for battle on home front

Distinguished BBC war correspondent John Simpson has put himself in the line of fire on the home front, with outspoken attacks on the corporation's director-general, John Birt, former colleague Martin Bell and "good news" fan Martyn Lewis.

Freddie Starr ate your mortgage

Real celebrities in advertisements don't come cheap, but often they're worth it. So says Ron Mowlam, but he would, wouldn't he? By Serena Mackesy

She's 51, but still the sexiest

In a poll calculated to hearten every middle-aged woman, the actress Helen Mirren has been voted the sexiest woman on television.

Phwoaar, look at the glass shelves on that!

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Mr Reeves' big afternoon out; Interview: Vic Reeves

He won't talk to the Press pack about his love-life, but he doesn't mind a nice one-to-one

Kentucky fried relaunch

No it's not just greasy scoff for after the pub, it's 'real food' for the discerning consumer. Yes, KFC is 're-branding'. Stop giggling at the back, says Stephen Armstrong
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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
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