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SPORTY people who know how old Boris Becker was when Jimmy Connors made his Wimbledon debut, and who was the highest paid basketball player in the world in 1992, will have lots of fun showing off with the new Trivial Pursuit Sports Edition video. Non-sporty players can snatch the odd point with lucky guesses, and there is much amusement to be gained from the droopy sports fashions of pre-Lycra yesteryear. Highly recommended, for sports fans and normal people alike, is the general interest Family Edition video - more or less friendly arguments guaranteed. Available from Dixons, Currys, Woolworths, W H Smith, Boots and good record and video shops at pounds 19.99 each; Trivial Pursuit board not needed.

NOW gentlemen can smell seductive and be politically correct simultaneously. Tribus Colognes is a range of five aftershave and eau-de- colognes made from natural, essential oil essences. Imported by Positive Roots from South America as part of a programme aimed at supporting ecologically sustainable businesses, the five colognes in the range are each named after a Brazilian tribe. They score even more Brownie points for not having been tested on animals. And the packaging, which includes a carved nut stopper and palm string, is mostly handmade from recycled or sustainable harvested materials. All that and they smell quite nice, too. Available direct from Positive Roots - price pounds 19.95 - 73 Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9DA, tel: 081-741 0269 for stockists and mail order details.

THE highly prized - and priced - design style of American puritans has been taken outdoors. This 'Shaker' cedarwood Boot Bench opens to reveal a storage space for wellingtons, flower pots and other garden odds and ends. Ideal for a small garden, it comes in natural cedarwood or stained forest green, and in three different sizes. Prices from pounds 139.99- pounds 189.99. Available from the Traditional Garden Supply Company, Unit 12, Hewitts Industrial Estate, Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8LW, tel: 0483 273366.

FORGET Christmas shopping in feeble, imitation-American-high- street shopping malls and jet to Minneapolis for the real thing. Kuoni Travel is offering a return flight and two nights in a hotel near the 400-shop Mall of America for pounds 298 over November/December weekends. Or take in Fifth Avenue, Macy's and Bloomingdales on a New York trip for pounds 264. For details ring Kuoni Travel on 071-499 8861.-

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