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Diamonds are a posh girl's best friend

As announcements go there was nothing particularly unusual or even unexpected about this one - a young couple have fallen in love and are to marry next summer.

GIRL POWER

Just slogan spice? Or is it really happening?

Just the job: careers advice for budding hunt saboteurs, Spice Girls managers, train drivers ...

Today's guest expert was to have been Earl Spencer, who was due to offer advice on your emotional and marital problems.

Bittersweet verdict for Spice Girls at awards ceremony

Signs that the popularity of the ubiquitous Spice Girls is beginning to wane became evident yesterday when they were voted best and worst British group at an awards ceremony.

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Pop Albums: The Spice Girls Spiceworld (Virgin CDV 2850)

The merciful brevity (39 minutes) of Spiceworld hides, behind the sinister imperialism of its title, a rather more mundane tale, one in which The Spice Girls' notional Girl Power is ruthlessly reined-in to fit the confines of old-fashioned, pre-pop "all-round family entertainment". They may have started their career with a bout of fairly risque pop-rap, but nothing as threatening or potentially offensive as rap is allowed to disturb the prematurely mumsy, suburban surface of this second album.

When Harry met Scary, Baby, Posh, Ginger and Sporty

A peck on the cheek from Baby Spice sent a royal flush to the face of Prince Harry yesterday, when he met the Spice Girls in Johannesburg, writes Keith Nuthall.

What they really, really want for Christmas - and won't get

Spice Girl dolls will be on sale this Christmas. But only between 75,000 and 100,000 will make it to the shops - and then not until the end of the second week in December.

Nick Leeson's smile

PROMISES LOVERS MAKE WHEN IT GETS LATE by Darian Leader, Faber pounds 9.99

Investment Column: Oasis pays for Spice Girls error

Oasis is putting a brave face on the marketing mistake it made in the spring when it assumed that Spice Girl mania was a passing fad and failed to stock enough skimpy skirts and tops to satisfy its middle- market customers in the 18 to 35 age range.

Why are they famous?; David Beckham

Main Claim: Posh Spice. People like us had never heard of David Beckham until he started squiring the amusingly named "Posh" Spice, she of the nouveau-riche interests and vowels as wide as the Thames estuary. Now he's the Loaded cover boy, the new Brylcreem model and top totty in the latest tabloid poll of hunks. His car is often seen in the drive of Posh Spice's parents' Hertfordshire des res. He's also supposed to be quite good at football.

The Way Out Spices: bringing that extra little something to girl power

The Spice Girls are an alarming phenomenon even at normal size. Translated into a larger-than-life dimension, on average 6ft tall plus stiletto heels, they are truly terrifying. Meet the Way Out Spice Girls, not girls but chaps. Spice-in-charge is Tarty Spice, the pouting, gorgeous, Ginger-Geri-lookalike, aka Steffan Whitfield, 27, poured into a curvy little sequinned number, spider-leg eyelashes aflutter. The rest of the team are Butch Spice (Paul Pure, 27, a dead ringer for Sporty Mel); Leery Spice (Karl Taylor, 25, far scarier than Mel B); Snooty Spice (Giles Bishop, 26, better legs than Posh Victoria) and Spice Rack (Mark Hobbs, 19, demure as Baby Emma herself). The Way Out Spice Girls take their name from the Way Out Club in east London, where they first formed the group as a one-off act. Their half-hour cabaret show includes the Spice Girls' repertoire and favourites like "It's Raining Men", "YMCA" and "We Are Family", and their proudest moment so far has been appearing in the real Spice Girls movie. Driving around London in full costume, the Way Out Spice Girls have been mistaken for the real thing; even in clubs, they claim it takes a while for the penny to drop. "People get within a few inches and suddenly go 'Oh no! They're geezers!'" says the ladylike Butch.

THE WOMEN WHO GAVE ESSEX A MISS

Eighteen women all after the title of Miss Essex '97. An exploitative feast of flesh? No, say the organisers, just good old-fashioned fun. Ros Wynne-Jones charts the beauty pageant's revival

Hoddle's Gascoigne fear

Paul Gascoigne is unlikely to make the England squad for the Tournoi de France, which begins tomorrow, after suffering a badly gashed and bruised right thigh against Poland on Saturday.

Football: Adams unable to join Gascoigne's celebrations

There was a time when Paul Gascoigne would have been distraught at the thought of Tony Adams missing his birthday party. Such a noted liquid trencherman would have been a valuable addition.
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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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