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When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.

Friday Book: Sex and the Samoans

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Russell is ready to live out an American dream

Varsity match: Giant Antipodeans and US forward are among today's 20-strong foreign legion. David Llewellyn reports

Television Review

TO OUR modern culture, there is no subject more deeply interesting than sex. Our most pressing imperatives include, on the one hand, the drive for individual emotional and sexual fulfilment and, on the other, the energetic mass prurience which would like to ensure that genitalia as underemployed as Action Man's are a precondition of entering public life. This is doubtless why Channel 4 and Carlton last night both launched new series on the subject.

Racing: Anthropologists discover friendly tribe called racegoers

"The Racing Tribe", a new study of racing and racegoers carried out by Kate Fox of The Social Issues Research Centre, describes racegoers as "the kind of friendly, tolerant, obliging natives that most anthropologists encounter only in their dreams."

Banks puts ship treasure hunt on hold

The 10-year effort of a treasure hunter to raise the richest wreck believed to lie in British waters was in jeopardy last night after the Government granted the site an emergency protection order.

Letter: Sperm ruling has ancient echoes

Sperm ruling has ancient echoes

Letter: Political demons and witches

Sir: The controversy surrounding the Conservative Party poster, depicting the Labour leader as a demon, appears to have failed to register the ironic confusion and inversion of witchcraft imagery involved in this curious episode.

LETTER: Cannibalism, cookery and kuru victims

Sir: Dr H C Grant (letter, 27 March) states that only people of a rare genotype are susceptible to CJD. Would it not be possible to carry out a mass genetic screening of the population, so that those of this genotype could take precautions, rather than indulge in mass panic?

Athletics Lynch pinches cross-country title


Letter: In support of the metal detector

From Dr Michael Heyworth

Man held in cannibalism case

Man held in cannibalism case

Letter: No bones about it

From Mr Simon Denison

Treasure threat

TREASURES of the only Elizabethan warship ever found will remain on the seabed unless a benefactor can be found to help a Channel Islands archaeological project which has run out of money.

Where shall we meet?: Bill Bentley SW3

Bill Bentley's is more generally known as an eaterie serving good but undemanding nosh. This is a shame, because its wine bar is a fount of much that interests anthropologists.

Letter: Slur on the innocent in Rwanda

Sir: Your leading article 'Rwanda: what fear and lies can do' (12 August) delivers a blend of accurate, if mostly well-established, historical and contemporary analysis, a superficial misrepresentation of the character of Rwandese people and unsubstantiated critical speculation about the consequences of the Rwandese Patriotic Front victory.
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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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