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Rick Perry, suddenly the front-runner in the Republican nomination stakes, last month described Washington as a "seedy place" he didn't care for.

Obituary: Colin Rowe

COLIN ROWE was an architect who made his mark through his ideas and writings rather than his built work. In 1995 he was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architecture's Gold Medal, only the second scholar this century to receive this honour.

Obituary: Doug Sahm

"I'M A part of Willie Nelson's world and at the same time I'm part of the Grateful Dead's," said Doug Sahm. "I don't ever stay in one bag."

Film: Naked as the day he was born

Top directors are queuing up to work with him. He's even been arrested for drumming without any clothes on. So why isn't Matthew McConaughey a star?

Obituary: Terry Gilkyson

TERRY GILKYSON wrote several of the biggest hit records of the early 1950s. His "Memories are Made of This" became both a well-known song and a clever catchphrase for the nostalgia boom.

Cult rebuilding church at Waco

SIX YEARS after the police assault on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco in Texas, a group of volunteers has begun to rebuild a church at the site, hoping to make it into a memorial to those who died there. The church was among buildings levelled by the authorities after fire swept through the compound on 19 April 1993, killing 80 cult members.

Leading Article: Political mavericks are the false idols of our celebrity era

ALAN CLARK's sudden death has prompted a rush of tributes to the "maverick" in politics. This untamed beast, we are told, enlivens the political scene, adding an enticing frisson of unpredictability to the domesticated herd of loyal voting fodder that packs the parliamentary benches on both sides of the aisle. Who would not prefer to hear the floridly expressed opinions, however wacky, of Tories such as Alan Clark and Julian Critchley, or Labour's Austin Mitchell and Tony Banks, rather than the well-mannered, carefully crafted, repetitious soundbites that come from the promotion-hungry new members of Parliament?

Tuesday book: The day a city drowned

ISAAC'S STORM: THE DROWNING OF GALVESTON, 8 SEPTEMBER 1900

Texas braced for Hurricane Bret

SOUTHERN TEXAS was battening down the hatches yesterday in anticipation of the first big hurricane of the season. Bret, a category four hurricane - the second strongest, with winds of more than 140mph - had veered away from Mexico and was directly threatening Corpus Christi, the largest city on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Bankers head for a pinfall

The World Wrestling Federation is preparing to take on Wall Street.

Bush jnr hits campaign trail

LIKE A STORM blowing across the plains from Texas, George W Bush, the man most likely to carry Republican hopes in next year's presidential elections, set out on his first campaign trip yesterday.

Low & Bonar sells

Low & Bonar sells

Today Surbiton ...

A British online service provider is poised for expansion in the US and Europe, writes Roger Trapp

Travel Texas: Big hats, big park, big welcome

The Lone Star state is known for extremes, and extremists.

Tornado Disaster: It came like a jet plane, and nothing in science could halt it

SOME COMPARED it to the sound of a jumbo jet or a train coming through the house. Others remembered the bomb that destroyed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. The destruction was sudden, terrible and all but irresistible, regardless of how sophisticated America is becoming in its ability to predict and spot these vast natural bulldozers that sweep across the plains states every year.

Obituary: Charles Sawtelle

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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