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Music: Phil-harmony, as not seen on TV

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Obituary: Robin Bailey

IN A career spanning 60 years, Robin Bailey became a distinguished actor on the London stage and appeared in many films, but he was most memorable on television, where he displayed a talent for both comic and serious roles.

Arts: Cornwall or bust

Theatre: FREEBIRD, NEW VIC STUDIO, BRISTOL OLD VIC

The Irritations of Modern Life; 20: Round Robin Letters

IT'S THAT time of year again: when the round robins come bob, bob bobbin' through your letterbox. By Christmas Eve you'll know all about Martha's hip operation, will have heard about Clive and Louise's trip to Hawaii, and will know why poor Elmer can't be with the family this Christmas.

Mental health reforms: Deadly toll

According to an analysis by the Zito Trust, an average of 20 people a year are killed in Britain by people suffering mental illness, chiefly schizophrenia. Subsequent inquiries often find breakdowns in supervision, and patients failing to take medication. On several occasions parents and siblings had pleaded to have the patient detained shortly before the killing. Among the cases were:

Football: Argyle aware of Allner's giant-killing stock

ONLY ONCE since they joined the new Third Division of the Football League have Plymouth Argyle been knocked out of the FA Cup by a non-League club. Twenty years ago the Devon side, under the flamboyant managership of Malcolm Allison, went down 2-0 after a woeful display at Worcester City.

Middle England carries on shopping

WELL-DRESSED and purposeful, the people wandering through the pedestrianised heart of Basingstoke are typical of a new breed of sophisticated shopper which is far more interested in a good-quality buy than a bargain.

Property: Tough rules for new(t) housing

Animals need nice homes as much as we do, and developers have to be very careful when building on sites where rare or threatened species may be in evidence. Mary Wilson reports

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Two Newcastles planned for south-east

MORE THAN 250,000 new houses, equivalent to a city twice the size of Newcastle upon Tyne, should be built in the Home Counties between 2006 and 2016, a powerful regional planning committee will propose today.

SPORTING DIGEST: BOXING

SPORTING DIGEST: BOXING

Letter: Roots of violence

Sir; At last, it is publicly acknowledged that cruelty to animals is linked to extremes of antisocial behaviour.

Spread of Silicon Valley transforms greenery into `suburban nightmare'

ONE OF THE staunchest barriers to housebuilding in the unspoilt countryside of southern England may come down as a result of a major planning enquiry starting tomorrow.
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