The Portman Group’s ruling on the cocktail was less to with impropriety than with the implicit suggestion that it might aid performance in the boudoir.

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Colonial chic?: Melania Trump in her pith helmet and whites in Nairobi. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

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Carl Cederström photographed by Eva Dahlin/OR Books

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Killer clowns: “The story reached the heights of absurdity when newspapers began pointing out that the lurking individuals in big shoes weren’t ‘real clowns’.”

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West Indies star Gayle has apologised after his “joke” flirt with a female television presenter was branded “disrespectful” and “inappropriate” by authorities after Ten Network reporter Mel McLaughlin found herself being asked out for a drink during an interview with the burly opener after he blasted 41 runs off 15 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. Photograph: Getty Images

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Amanda Seyfried   as Linda Lovelace and James Franco   as Hugh Hefner in   Lovelace
Lovelace

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