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

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.

Williams to wait for Senna verdict

Motor racing

TODAY'S NUMBER 37,000

TODAY'S

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

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.

Tragedies to touch each of us

NOT even a climate of general violence as there is in the world today, the harrowing evidence of inhumanity that floods our television screens, can prepare us for the tragedies that have recently invaded sport.
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But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic