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PETER YORK ON ADS: No 213: THE EUROPEAN: No business like Euro- business

IN 1996, while researching a series on "the Eighties" for the BBC, I became obsessed with the new City of London skyline and its extraordinary combination of symbolism, beauty and vulgarity. We found some marvellous footage shot for an earlier documentary which dwelt lovingly on all that glass, marble and granite, setting it against ravishing sunsets with a golden filter until the whole thing became quite abstract. We used a lot of it.

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Andrew Neil takes on `The European'

Rob Brown column

The number of "UK national newspapers" has just expanded by two. The Scotsman and its sister title Scotland on Sunday are to be included in that proud category for the first time by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The two Edinburgh-based papers will have to pay a bit extra for the privilege, but they hope as a result to reap a much bigger share of national advertising from London-based media-buying agencies.

What will the twins do next?

Twins David and Frederick Barclay, owners of the Ritz hotel in London, are two of Britain's richest men. Yet such is their distaste for publicity there has only been one photograph published of them.

Letter: Aggressive beggars

Letter: Aggressive beggars

Politics: Embittered Lamont opens Tory wounds over Black Wednesday

Bitter arguments over the catastrophic Tory defeat deepened with Norman Lamont refusing to be made the scapegoat. But as Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, reports, the bloodletting was going on while William Hague was anxiously awaiting the results of the ballot on the future of his leadership.

Profile: Julie Burchill - And you thought you'd seen the back of her...

Julie Burchill used to be a big noise: punk rock journalist turned top-dollar newspaper columnist, she laid about her with savage vigour. Harpie or genius (or harpie-genius) with one finger on the pulse and another on the trigger, she was horribly essential reading. Then she went all quiet. This week there were signs of life, but, asks Ann Treneman, is it life as she knew it?

Edinburgh swept by hushed euphoria as parties assemble their future pla ns

Scotland's historic vote; Rock singers join queue for parliamentary place

Horror! Mail man let loose

No firings, no redundo, just howls and resignations as the youthful Martin Clarke storms through `The Scotsman'. Rob Brown reviews the spectacle

Hush now, Euro-sceptics

Only Robert Maxwell could have launched a paper as unfocused and unviable as 'The European'. But it's still here - and set for a dose of realism under Andrew Neil. Richard Holledge looks back in amazement

Andrew Neil to edit `European'

Andrew Neil, former editor of the Sunday Times, has taken over the reins of the European newspaper.

Theatre / Overture New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Martin Rydall is a self-made man; a man who made himself by making grids and man-holes. This piece of exposition could be described as the signature of his creator, Peter Whelan, in that it exemplifies the detailing that gives depth to the playwright's worlds. Whelan's craftsmanship goes hand-in-hand with a fascination with work, which informed his superb play about the pottery industry, The Bright and Bold Design. In Overture, premiered here in Peter Cheeseman's attentive production, he is returning close to that home- ground, again pondering the relation between utility and beauty. Having sold the ironwork foundry, Martin is set upon re-making himself, this time in the service of art.

Media: Andrew Neil is now firmly in the anti-Brussels camp. Any `European' magazine edited by him would be better named `The Sceptic'

I am not Andrew Neil's number one fan, but he is surely correct in his contention that something drastic needs to be done about The European. In its present format it is going nowhere. It is neither fish nor fowl. It isn't a real newspaper and its isn't a magazine. And its mounting losses are pushing its proprietors, the Barclay brothers, slowly down the wealth league.

Former Sunday Times editor admires Blair

Former Sunday Times editor admires Blair

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