My family are tucking merrily into the free cheese and wine buffet and taking turns getting their picture taken in front of a sign on a table that says “Reserved for Pamela Anderson” Photograph:  Isa Foltin/Getty Images

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Jamelia and her dance partner Tristan MacManus during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing. Photograph: PA

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Magazine founder Hugh Hefner has agreed to the changes including not publishing images of naked women. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Playboy is to stop publishing pictures of naked women, saying easy access to such images online means they are “passé”. The magazine famed for its bun(...)

Jared Payne of Ireland is tackled by Taulupe Faletau of Wales during the  Six Nations match at the  Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

With the Hook man talking about Doomsday back in the studio, Brent Pope, when we visited him in Cardiff after the game, tried his best to reassure us (...)

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Oscar winner: Wilde is ranked World’s No 1 Irishman. Photograph: Eric Luke

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Paddy power

Who has bragging rights for lining out the world’s best St Patrick’s Day strut? New York, Dublin, Savannah, Sydney or Seoul? Nah, Keshcarrigan on t(...)

US television personality Kim Kardashian (left), her mother Kris Jenner (right) and their host, 81-year-old Austrian businessman Richard Lugner (centre) arrive for the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera in Vienna. Photograph: EPA/Herbert Pfarrhofer

Vienna’s Opera Ball, the highlight of Austria’s Eurotrash calendar, reached a new low on Thursday night with a blackface scandal,(...)