THE 1996 WAYS WITH WORDS LITERATURE FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL REPORT

Obituary: Mamonas Assassinas

The five members of Mamonas Assassinas shot out of nowhere to become the Brazilian teen pop sensation of the decade. They perished spectacularly together in a plane crash, leaving only one record, and were mourned by the Brazilian public and media as extravagantly as Ayrton Senna, the last great popular hero to be buried in Brazil.

Denial on Senna

Motor racing

Williams to wait for Senna verdict

Motor racing

Motor racing: Williams await Senna verdict

The Williams team said yesterday it was too soon to comment on a newspaper report that Ayrton Senna's death was caused by a faulty steering rod.

TODAY'S NUMBER 37,000

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Don't forget you're famous

Mornings may never be the same again. Chris Evans has got his own breakfast show and, says Robert Hanks, it might just rescue Radio 1 from oblivion

Motor Racing: Steering may have caused Senna's death: Reports of preliminary inquiry suggest mechanical failure was to blame

A PRELIMINARY report ordered by Italian justice authorities has concluded that there is an 85 per cent chance that Ayrton Senna's death was caused by a faulty steering column, according to the French sports paper, L'Equipe.

Motor Racing: Italian Grand Prix called off

The Italian Automobile Club yesterday called off the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in September because of what it believed to be inadequate safety measures. It said that new safety measures proposed by the sport's governing body, the FIA, after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola were inadequate.

ADRENALIN / On the rocks: On the face of it, rock-climbing looks like good character-building fun. Until you start the climb, warns Dolly Dhingra

Despite having lost three friends in climbing accidents, Paul Clark tries to spend as many weekends and holidays in the mountains as he possibly can. When asked why he still continues climbing, he replies, 'Climbing is not homogeneous - each climb has different degrees of difficulty. You wouldn't expect a friend of Ayrton Senna to give up driving to work because he died in a racing accident. I only concern myself with the easier climbs'. I consoled myself with these words as I apprehensively made my way to Betws-y-coed in North Wales to find out the reason for his obsession.

Motor Racing: Mansell coy on F1 return

AMID speculation that he may return to Formula One to fill the vacancy left by the death of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell went back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final warm up before the Indy 500, writes Toni Toomey from Indianapolis.

'News at Ten' takes a turn towards the tabloids

INDEPENDENT Television News is becoming increasingly 'tabloid', according to television viewers and media researchers who say the independent company is shifting its news priorities down market.

What the papers said about . . . Ayrton Senna

'To value life, to understand the fatal attraction of Formula One, you flaunt your track pass and take a narrow, dusty path lined with pine trees. It leads to the end of the straight preceding the Tamburello curve, which will forever be associated with the death of Ayrton Senna.' Telegraph

Leading Article: Death in the afternoon

SAO PAOLO's traffic came to a halt yesterday as thousands of Brazilians came on to the streets to grieve as the coffin carrying Ayrton Senna came home. On the other side of the world, in Paris, motor sport's governing body, the FIA, issued its first response to the appalling events at Imola last weekend, which culminated in Senna's fatal 180mph crash.

Motor Racing: 200,000 to pay respects

SAO PAULO came to a near standstill yesterday as Brazilians paid tribute to the former world motor racing champion, Ayrton Senna, killed in Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.
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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor