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Tony Blair's make-up secret is out

The secret of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's famous all-year healthy glow has been revealed -- he spends almost twice as much on make-up as the average British woman. Figures released by Downing Street in answer to a parliamentary question showed that Blair spent more than £1,800 (US$3,150) on make-up and make-up artists over the past six years. In contrast, the average British woman spends £195 (US$345) a year on both make-up and skincare. The written answer was released quietly on the final day of the parliamentary session before MPs begin their summer break.

Download Robbie Williams legally

Robbie Williams may never win any prizes for originality with his hugely popular musical output but the chart- topping singer has signed a novel deal with a mobile phone network that could revolutionise the way fans buy his songs. The singer has signed an exclusive deal with the global telecom giant T-Mobile that will allow customers to download songs, exclusive live tracks and concert footage to their mobile phones. The 18-month deal is the biggest tie-up yet between a big artist and a phone company and will be watched with interest by others convinced that mobile music delivery will become an important factor in boosting flagging record sales over the next few years.

`Paris Plage' starts copycat trend

Paris Plage, the ephemeral beach set up on the banks of the Seine River that winds through the French capital, opened this week for the fourth season of a quirky project that has since spawned copycat beaches in cities across Europe and as far away as Tokyo. This year's version took off with a samba beat in honor of the year-long "Brazil in France" cultural and economic exchange. The now familiar blue-and-white beach chairs, flags and umbrellas are sprawled along a 3.5km stretch of sand and grass named this year after Brazil's legendary Ipanema, Maracana and Copacabana beaches.

Christmas but once a year, Santas say

Some 80 Santas from around the globe meeting at their World Congress debated establishing a second Christmas in July to ease their December workload, but finally decided that the holiday would be feted only once a year, the Danish Santa host said this week. "There was a proposal from the Japanese Santa Claus that was hotly debated, but the delegates, even if they were in favour of the idea, did not want to adopt it because it risks upsetting the children of the world," Denmark's Father Christmas said. "The Christmas date of Dece. 24 to Dec. 25 will not be changed, even though we are about to collapse from overwork. The tradition must be respected," he said.

Artwork stolen, presumed drunk

An artist has appealed for the return of an artwork that consisted of a bottle of water on a plinth, saying he feared it had been stolen and then drunk. US artist Wayne Hill, had devised the artwork, a two-liter clear plastic bottle filled with melted ice from the Antarctic, to highlight the dangers of global warming. Entitled Weapon of Mass Destruction it was on show at an arts festival in Devon, southwest England. "It looked like an ordinary bottle of water, but it was on a plinth, labelled, described and in the program of the whole festival," Hill said. "It was very, very clear what it was -- a work of art."

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