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Angry depositors ran amok at a bank in central Harare on Monday, breaking down a door and smashing windows after money ran out to pay withdrawals as cash shortages worsen.

Edinburgh Festival '99: The outward bounder

With his Fringe debut, Leslie Phillips, our Greatest Living Smoothie, is extending his acting range yet again

Cricket: Level head of captain Cox

Somerset v Middlesex

Banker jailed over fortune in backhanders

A MERCHANT banker and a property developer who paid pounds 650,000 in bribes were jailed yesterday for what a judge described as the "unacceptable face of capitalism".

Personal Finance: How To Choose An Independent Financial Adviser

Recommendation is the most foolproof method of choosing an IFA. Speak to everyone you know, including your solicitor, bank manager, even your doctor or dentist. Listen carefully to those people whose judgment you already trust, but be aware that some professionals, such as your lawyer, may well be paid to give you a financial recommendation.

Family left out of millionaire's will

A MILLIONAIRE widow has written her children out of her will, fearing that inherited wealth will bring them nothing but unhappiness.

The Joys Of Modern Life

46. civilised divorce

Obituary: Don McGuire

DURING THE last half of the Forties, Don McGuire enjoyed a steady career in films as an actor, typifying the regular all-American "Joe" in likeable fashion without ever making the sort of impression that would lead to major stardom. In 1951 he wisely switched to writing, for which his background in journalism had prepared him, and directing.

MISCELLANY: YOUR STARS: IT COULD HAPPEN

Poppy Foll

Rugby Union: European deal puts English clubs on the spot

IT HAS been the most acrimonious of years in the making, it has been brutal and it has taken some to the point of ruin, but come hell, high water or legal action, England will be represented in the European Cup next season. More importantly, they will come in under the control not of the clubs but of European Rugby Cup, the organising body.

Motoring: Done Roving

The British car industry is alive but not well, concludes Michael Booth after readers test the Rover BRM LE

Budget 1999: Case Study: The Low-Pay Family - `Life will still be a struggle for us'

John Goodwin, 35, and his wife, Jude, 31, from Manchester. Mr Goodwin is a student teacher, having changed careers. Mrs Goodwin does not work. The couple have two children Freya, five, and Max, two. His annual student grant is pounds 3,900 plus a student loan of pounds 2,700. They receive pounds 20 .75 a week in child benefit. They have outgoings of around pounds 440 a month.

Football: Flair schools must be on the FA agenda

IMAGINE THIS starting line-up for the showpiece climax of the current English football season, the FA Cup final at Wembley on 22 May:

Racing: Trainers in trouble: Wolves gather at the stable door

Balancing the books is now a greater problem than getting the horses fit and winning races; Difficult times for Britain's trainers could see their ranks dramatically reduced.

Finance: The new golf

YOU CAN annoy a lot of people at the moment just by humming "The Girl from Ipanema". Still, it seems fairly obvious that if you go around punting vast sums of money on an economy as stable as Brazil's, you've got to expect the occasional shake-down. I mean, if it were a person instead of a country, the bank manager would have stepped in long ago with the scissors and cut up the credit card. But there you go: if you're going to borrow, it's always easier to do it on an epic and totally unrealistic scale.

Art: I'm Tim and I'm an artoholic

It started with one watercolour. Twenty-five years on, every inch of Tim Sayer's small home is covered in works of art, from a Hockney in the loo to tribal figures in the fireplace. Just don't ask him about his overdraft ... By John Windsor. Photographs by Oscar Paisley
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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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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

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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