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Theme park plan for BBC

Pearson studies feasibility of `EastEnders' studio attraction

Get me to Alton Towers on time

Farewell register office, hello theme park. From April, you can choose the venue of your dreams to tie the knot, says Sophia Chauchard- Stuart. And (right) Asda has its own ideas about finding your mate

No escape from Alton Towers

I am an avid collector of modern folk verse, especially of motorway ballads. Here, is a lovely folk poem, called "The Ballad of Alton Towers". It was told to me by a cheery, nut-brown-faced lorry driver.

Latecomer has much to prove

BLUE CHIP: Pearson's recent strategy of concentrating heavily on television has yet to convince investors

A stalker stole my best years: Generation y: Work

Anna's story

Racing: Forster's tiger earns his stripes

RACING: Sweet-natured Martha's Son shows his wild side with a successfu l assault on Ascot's imposing fences

ART / Critical Round-Up: The Glory of Venice at the Tate

'IT IS ONE of the many strengths of the exhibition that artists hitherto underplayed, such as Domenico Tiepolo, Carlevaris, and Longhi, even Bellotto and Piazzetta, now come into their own . . . The drawing of heads by Piazzetta . . . is a revelation but it is the greatest pity that more was not made of the drawings of Longhi, here represented by two indifferent examples.' William Packer, Financial Times

Queue maestros: Is Alton Towers' new flagship ride Nemesis worth all the hanging around? Dominic Cavendish saved his donuts for later

It took five hours before I finally saw the appeal of Alton Towers. Standing at the skyride station, waiting for a cable car to take my friend and me to the exit, I heard a Brummie teenager in the queue ahead turn to her companions and exclaim, 'I love that feelin' when you've been to Alton Towers and you're in the coach going home and you're dead tired and everyone's gone completely quiet.'

Computers: Holiday adventures for all the family: Janet Swift finds a place in the summer schedules for electronic activities

A LONG HOT summer requires a great deal of stamina on the part of parents and children alike. If you decided to ban electronics in favour of outdoor games and traditional family pursuits, the time may come before the holiday is over when you might well have to rethink.

Death at park

Julian Powell, 33, collapsed and died after riding on the Nemesis rollercoaster at Alton Towers, Staffordshire. The theme park said there was no suggestion of a link to any ride.

Eight injured as two coaches crash

EIGHT people, including six teenage girls, were injured when two coaches collided and one was forced up the embankment and overturned on the M6 near Sandbach, Cheshire, last night.

BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 Leisure Parks and Piers

----------------------------------------------------------------- TOP 10 LEISURE PARKS AND PIERS ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Blackpool Pleasure Beach. . . . . . . . 6.75 million 2 Palace Pier, Brighton. . . . . . . . . .3.5m 3 Alton Towers, Staffordshire. . . . . . .2.6m 4 Pleasure Beach, Great Yarmouth. . . . . 2.4m 5 Pleasureland, Southport. . . . . . . . .2m 6 Chessington World of Adventures. . . . .1.5m 7 Thorpe Park, Surrey. . . . . . . . . . .1.35m 8 Frontierland, Morecambe. . . . . . . . .1.3m 9 Blackpool Tower. . . . . . . . . . . . .1.25m 10 Hornsea Pottery, Hornsea. . . . . . . . 1.2m 1993 visitor statistics supplied by the British Tourist Authority -----------------------------------------------------------------

BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 Tourist Attractions 1993

TOP 10 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS 1993

COMEDY / All that glitters: Gary Glitter's career has had its setbacks, but, as James Rampton discovered, his hairstyle continues to inspire diehard fans

The frontman of Take That was recently on Live and Kicking, BBC1's Saturday morning children's show. Emma Forbes, the host, asked him about his status in the group. 'Are you the leader?' 'No,' came back the outraged reply, 'Gary Glitter's The Leader.'

Museums boom as the dust disappears

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