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Stay the night: The London West, Hollywood

LA is currently a little bit in love with Britain – or at least with some of our glossier exports – and tonight, Oscar night, this is where you’ll find many of our A-listers in attendance.

Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (14 December 2008)

Britain's most respected political sage gives his views on the true meaning of Christmas and the right sort of wrapping paper

Beckham: Capello's England more serious

David Beckham has backed Rio Ferdinand's claim that England are a more "serious" football team since the arrival of Fabio Capello.

Victoria Beckham: An apology

In-depth inquiry reveals pop genius and international style icon is beyond reproach...

My Mentor: Julian Linley on Mark Frith

'when a story came in he would digest it and break it down into 'Heat' language'

Joan Rivers, Udderbelly's Pasture, Edinburgh

The diva of the snarky comment, the queen bee of comedy, Joan Rivers is, you sense, a real trouper. After the first airing in Edinburgh of her third theatrical show, A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress, she grants an "audience" to a select, paying few. Genially, she invites us to ask her anything, tell her what we think of the show, and even touch her, as she poses for photos and joshes with a pushy camera crew. For Edinburgh (pronounced Edinbeeaaauuu, as if she's throwing up) she has inserted a few sly references to such Scottish icons as "Rabbie" Burns and Greyfriars Bobby, but the show leans towards Jewish-American life and humour.

Skyscraper heels: They may be painful and expensive but we've seen nothing yet

Just when you thought heels couldn't get any higher, guess what: they have.

Paperbacks: How We Built Britain, by David Dimbleby

Who would have thought that inside the stolid figure of the author, Posh Spice is frantically trying to get out?

Headcases, ITV1, Imitation is sincerest form of mockery

Headcases follows on from where Spitting Images left off, except that latex puppets are so yesterday. Last night, we were treated to high-class computer animation normally only seen in children's films, turned out at twice the speed at which Hollywood works.

5 Become 1! Not sporty. Just very scary

The sound system was terrible and the singing slapdash, but did 16,000 fans at the Spice Girls' reunion concert care? Not at all. They were revelling in hearing their favourite numbers again, while their heroines were making a mint. Cole Moreton reports from the O2

Tabloid week: Marley the jailhouse guinea pig: was it murder?

Daily Star, Monday

Catherine Townsend: Sleeping around

"Cut it," I laughed, sinking down into my trendy East London hairdresser's chair. "But nothing too drastic - if I end up with a mullet, I'll really be depressed." Since my break-up with Richard, I've spent a lot of time either wallowing in my tracksuit bottoms or out at tequila bars with my girlfriends.

My Mentor: Bridgid Nzekwu on Peter Barron

'He was ready to advise, and to criticise without undermining my confidence'
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