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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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

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
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us