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WHY IS IT FAMOUS: TAHITI

Main claim

Cheer and loathing

At least bad behaviour at weddings makes the day memorable.

Forget the toaster - all we really want is the cash

STUCK FOR a prezzy to give at the second most publicised wedding of the year? What do you give Posh Spice and David Beckham, the couple who have everything?

Real Shopping: STYLE POLICE: The iceman cometh

White is going to be massive this summer, says JAMES SHERWOOD. Just watch what you're doing with that orange lolly

Beauty and the bump

Pregnant women are swapping smocks for sexy slips. But have our attitudes really changed?

Mummy's little darlings

You want to push them to achieve their potential, but where do you draw the line? By Claire Seeber

`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.

Out with Prada, in with Pampers

They've got it all, but what

Letter: Cardinal sins

Letter:

Letter: Musical disaster

Sir: It explains an awful lot if the Spice Girls were signed to Virgin by their Accident & Emergency department, as Rosie Millard relates (Comment, 1 June).

Success is just a dream for the disabled

DISABLED children dream of being rich and famous - even more so than their able-bodied peers - but without a change in public attitudes even their most modest hopes will go unfulfilled according to new research.

Flame-haired chanteuse reduces quintet to the power of four

TWO years ago the world hadn't heard of Ginger Spice. But yesterday, after quitting the band and going into hiding, she shot to the top of the national news agenda, proving just how much impact the female Fab Five have had on the nation.

Yes, Geri - it's hard to break out when you're cast in plastic

WHAT most amazed me about Geri "Ginger" Spice's departure from the Fab Fivesome was that she said two years of superstardom had left her "disillusioned and exhausted".

Spice Girls in Rome

La Dolce Vita: A parking attendant watches as Spice Girls Emma Bunton (left) and Geri Halliwell take a walk near Rome's Villa Borghese
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform