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Those who endured Williams’s recent X Factor performance need not fear: this brassy sequel to 2001’s big-band LP Swing When You’re Winning, is actually rather listenable. Not to say it’s great: he’s a karaoke kind of crooner and some of the covers here – such as “I Wanna Be Like You” with Olly Murs – should have remained the preserve of some celebrity charity ball.

Letter: Votes for the poor

Sir: The caption to the picture accompanying the announcement of your Young Essayists' Competition (17 September) refers to 'the poor' as excluded from the Athenian democratic reforms. In fact, those of the poor who were free citizens of ancient Athens were given full rights.

Education: Democracy: where do we go from here?: It has served us well, but a new era will put special stress on 'the least worst system', says John Torode

As darkness fell over Athens on the evening of 27 September last year, President Constantine Karamanlis threw a switch. A laser beam burned across the sky between the Acropolis and the Hill of the Pnyx where the citizens of classical Greece convened to take decisions on the future of the city state. The light linked the Acropolis with a newly unveiled monument to Eucrates, a founding father of Greek democracy.

Greece under fire

ATHENS (AP) - Scores of fires raged out of control in many parts of Greece yesterday, destroying more than 10,000 acres of forest. A young girl was killed over the weekend. Five fires in southern Greece have destroyed 2,075 acres of forest.

Monks lift ban

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Bus threat

ATHENS (Reuter) - The Greek government said it would privatise Athens public transport unless 6,000 workers ended a 10-day strike which has left the capital without buses. The workers are protesting at a decision to sack 1,200 employees.

Travel: Ferried back to the isles of white: As the Olympic Games start in Barcelona today, Simon Calder visits the place where they all began, in Greece. He jogs around the capital, sprints along the original Olympic track and checks out the islands

WHILE I was stuck in a muddy field on the Isle of Wight pretending to enjoy the last riffs of Hendrix, my less impoverished pals were flitting around the Greek islands. In the Seventies, wafting around the Aegean was a warm alternative to rock festivals. My fortunate friends returned with exaggerated (presumably) stories involving Japanese motorbikes, Lebanese drugs, Danish women and the occasional goat. But by the time I could afford to reach Greece, it seemed I had missed the boat. Mass tourism had begun and lager-like-Lowenbrau-makes-it was the main intoxicant.

Greek minister survives attack

Athens (Reuter) - Left-wing guerrillas killed one person and wounded five people in a rocket attack in central Athens yesterday, just missing the Greek Finance Minister, Ioannis Palaiokrassas, and his wife, police said.
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