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Friday In 1950 the damn Yankees beat Britain 1-0 in the World Cup in Brazil, even though our side included Billy "Mr Beverley Sister" Wright. In 1984, after over a century, the weekly Tit (sic) Bits was axed.

Jake Slack on clubs

Even if the sun don't shine this weekend, Luton Hoo Estate is sure to be warmed by the hyperbole. "UK Tribal Gathering 1995," says the press release, "was the best dance party anywhere in the world." And who knows? Perhaps it was. It certainly had an illustrious history to recommend it. The First Tribal Gathering, in 1993, won best one-off event in that year's Mixmag/DMC awards; the second was held in the Old International Airport in Munich and filled the terminal buildings with 25,000 people. TG 1995 itself was the first large-scale outdoor dance party to be granted a licence since the Criminal Justice Bill became law.

literacy

Whith is the odd one out?

numeracy

In how many distinct ways may the letters of "BOBBY FISCHER" be arranged into two "words"? Any "word" must contain at least one vowel or "y". (Answers on Tuesday)

bridge

You would expect a player in a vulnerable grand slam to take more care than usual. Perhaps the chance of winning a huge rubber induced South to take his eye off the ball.

John Lyttle on film

Female buddy-buddy movies - what a relief. No car chases, no heads being blown off in slow motion, no machine-tooled one-liners that are meant as a hymn to the hero's masculinity but instead highlight his insecurity. Not that female buddy-buddy movies can't be about girls with guns. Thelma and Louise, the classic that revived the genre once known - and derided - as the "women's picture", starred two pistol-packin' mamas, with a much- praised guest appearance by a would-be rapist's corpse. But what the women's picture invariably has is what most action flicks and all summer blockbusters studiously avoid: a sense of life lived, choices made, ordinary detail, the psychological interior. You know, the girlie show...

site unseen The first Lord's Cricket Ground, Dorset Square, London

The smell of cut grass and the sudden appearance in newspapers of long lists of cricket scores - baffling to the uninitiated - herald the arrival of summer.

pick of the week: GREYHOUND DERBY

The country was going to the dogs long before Blur's Damon Albarn revealed his penchant for greyhounds, and today, callow, mockney pretenders can rub shoulders with old-school sheepskinned enthusiasts for one of the high spots of the canine calendar (above). For the best views, head for the Stadium Grandstand. But if you fancy reclining in comfort, repair to the Diamond Room for a pint and a flutter. Races last around 28 seconds, as the Kate Mosses of the dog world break from their traps and dash after those rabbit rags in a bid for doggy glory.

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David Benedict on theatre

How to be a literary manager: Go to the movies. Theatres don't programme plays any more, they just put on stage versions of classic films. Find a masterpiece and massacre it appears to be the idea. Tommy Steele did it twice. Not content with tampering with the sublime Singin' in the Rain, he then insisted on touring Some Like It Hot (and nearly bankrupted his producers into the bargain) while Simon Callow came a cropper with Les Enfants du Paradis. That debacle was a molehill when compared with the towering horrors of Carrie the musical which lost its leading lady, Barbara Cook, when she walked out after having nearly been decapitated by the set.

on the box

Barely has the nation had time to catch its breath after Andrew Graham-Dixon's excellent and exhaustive A History of British Art before the BBC launches another blockbusting art history series. Rather than a cool-dude broadsheet critic in a suit, however, Sister Wendy's Story of Painting offers us a bespectacled nun in a habit. The making of the 10-part series, a comprehensive "de-mystification" of art due to be broadcast on BBC1 from Sunday 30 June, must have taken it out of the 66-year-old. It took more than 100 days, travelling 30,000 miles, and visiting more than 40 art galleries, churches and studios in 12 countries. Sister Wendy Beckett has obviously not taken a vow of inactivity.

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Declarer fell for an old trap on this deal. It was one of those hands where there was a direct route to success, irrespective of whether West was having a little game or not.

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