Wimbledon Corner

Dispatches from SW19
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The Independent Online
LIFE HAS been fairly quiet on the cushion stalls of SW19 since the actor Jack Nicholson paid a visit last year. "To be honest, we haven't seen any famous people at all since then," said one vendor. "There was an actress from the TV yesterday, but I couldn't put a name to her."

Did Jack buy a Wimbledon cushion, emblazoned with a logo and a date? "I think he said he'd consider buying one and come back later," the vendor said. Some people buy one every year. This year's model costs pounds 1.40 to hire and pounds 5.50 to buy. "Some people are suckers," said the vendor.

Today's number:1,500

The number of places in car park six, situated on the golf course opposite the main entrances on Church Road. The cost per car is pounds 10, so income is pounds 15,000 a day, split between the golf club and the All England Club.

Nick Harris

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