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Obituary: Paul Sacher

WHEN PAUL Sacher conducted the London Mozart Players in December 1993, in London, he was returning to a city in which he had made his debut in 1938 (at a concert of the International Society for Contemporary Music) and he ended his programme with a work he had commissioned in 1940 - Martinu's Double Concerto for strings, piano and percussion.

Living the high life

Sight Readings; No longer an exotic oddity, the countertenor voice has firmly established itself as a major attraction - and not just in the Baroque repertoire

Drink: Santa Claus is dead (official)

A final taste of the world's strongest lager - and other seasonal ales

The Independent Collector: John Windsor's Guide To Collecting Contemporary Art: Tessa Clegg

YOU MIGHT think that winning this year's Jerwood Prize for glass would prompt queues to form outside Tessa Clegg's London gallery. Except that, although she is British-born and lives and works in London, she has no gallery here. To buy a Clegg fresh from the kiln you would need to call the galleries that represent her in Paris and Basel.

Architecture: Art can build a bridge

The north-south cultural gap is disappearing.

Obituary: Fritzi Frank

A FORMIDABLE partnership was forged in the struggle against racism when Otto Frank, father of the young Jewish diarist Anne Frank, met Fritzi Geiringer in the years after the Second World War. United by memories of the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz, and their work "in the spirit of Anne Frank", they drew strength from each other, eventually marrying in 1953. "So, by the tragedy in both our lives, together we found new happiness," she said.

Ice hockey: Canada and Russia remain in jeopardy

THE Olympic champions, Czech Republic, and Sweden both secured places in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Zurich yesterday, while Canada and Russia were both left hanging by a thread.

Millennium bug could bring us an extended bank holiday

THE Bank of England is suggesting that the three-day Millennium Holiday, at the end of next year, be extended by a day to help overcome problems posed by the millennium computer bug.

Ready to wield the army knife

Profile: Marcel Ospel: The head of Swiss Bank will slash jobs following the merger with UBS. He's the right man for the task, writes Andrew Blackman

Flesh on the bones of life

THE BEGGAR AND THE PROFESSOR: A Sixteenth-Century Family Saga by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie Chicago pounds 23.95

Ghostly triumph booked in for eternity

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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