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A COMPUTER games developer at the firm behind the multi-million- pound cyber-heroine Lara Croft has been charged with trying to procure a nine-year-old girl for sex.

Theatre; Adult lust, teenage tenderness

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You thought a game was the same the world over? Think again. The Germans can't stand gore and Americans don't like anything difficult

Books: Salt-scurfed strangers and flannel undies

on children's audio books

Words: salt, adj.

THE GOVERNMENT decree on salt could be more subtle. If palate were on the national curriculum, more would abandon the magnesium-tainted stuff and crumble varieties of sea salt.

Eidos pays Lara Croft's creator pounds 3.9m bonus

THE CREATOR of Lara Croft, the character that has taken the computer games market by storm, earned a pounds 3.7m bonus last year - one of the biggest ever paid to a British executive.

Lara Croft becomes Britain's latest scientific role model

BRITAIN HAS a new ambassador for scientific excellence. Educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and barely out of her teens, her appointment might appear to be a blow both for youth and for political correctness.

30 copies of `Tomb Raider III' to be won

PlayStation and PC owners up and down the country will be rejoicing this month at the release of Tomb Raider III - Adventures of Lara Croft. Thankfully, despite hosting her own chart show, appearing on Internet web sites, doing photo shoots and embarking on a singing career, Lara has not been distracted from her day job as a computer-game character. In her latest outing, another extravagantly constructed plot-line sends her travelling from the deserts of Nevada to the islands of the South Pacific in search of four pieces of a meteorite rumoured to offer life- giving powers.

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He made millions on Dungeons & Dragons, and millions more unleashing Lara Croft and Tomb Raider on the world. So just what kind of mind do they spring from?

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`There ain't 'alf been been some clever bastards,' sang Ian Dury. And he's one of them, says Janie Lawrence

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