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A PERFECT MURDER. Three people. One triangle. A wealthy and powerful husband Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas). The intelligent, beautiful young woman he married Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow). Her soulful and attractive lover David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen). A dangerous combination, to be sure. Perhaps a deadly one............

Boy killed after falling from train

Boy killed after falling from train

Footsies rally in the City

City Ballet of London Peacock Theatre

People and Business: Ronson douses the flame of writ

HOWARD HODGSON and his girlfriend Christine Pickles have settled their pounds 500,000 claim against Ronson, the cigarette-lighter company from which they were forced to resign last summer.

Letter: Charging about

Sir: Why is it that we do not build our houses with a 6-volt supply in addition to the standard 240?

Best records since weather began

THIS YEAR, we had the wettest April since records began. Last August was the second hottest in history, but 1997 gave us the wettest summer since 1985. Average temperatures in Britain last year were the third warmest on record, and this January and February were the warmest and wettest first two months of the year in the United States since records began. The northern climate in the 1990s has been warmer on average than at any time since the Middle Ages, and last week saw the cloudiest Thursday in Basingstoke since Ian McCaskill retired.

Cricket: Smith hits out to tame Derbyshire

THE HAMPSHIRE captain, Robin Smith, hit an unbeaten 88 as his team easily overcame Derbyshire's challenge by seven wickets at Basingstoke in the AXA League yesterday, with more than two overs to spare.

Cricket: Round-up: Tudor lifts leaders

ALEX TUDOR had just enough time before the deluge to improve his position on the register of England fast bowling candidates by completing a five-wicket haul for the Britannic Assurance Championship leaders Surrey against Lancashire at Old Trafford. The 20-year-old paceman claimed his nap hand by dismissing Mike Watkinson for 42, but not before the home team had edged past the visitors' first-innings total of 146.

Opera: Verdi vanishes under Wagnerian values

Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Albert Hall, London

Politics: Battle over building homes is key to the rural vote

Local elections: Booming Basingstoke gives a clue to Tory fortunes, writes David Walker, Social Policy Editor

Politics: Sick Gulf veteran takes protest to No 10

A SICK Gulf War veteran carried his seriously-ill baby to the Ministry of Defence yesterday to highlight the suffering of many children born to troops who fought in the conflict.

Letter: Church investment

I WAS interested to read that none of the Church of England investors in arms firms said that they intended to use their influence as shareholders to persuade the firms to make ploughshares instead.

Ice Hockey: Local council decide to make Bison extinct

BASINGSTOKE BISON will cease to be a Superleague team at the end of this month after the franchise owners, Basingstoke and Deane Council, withdrew financial support yesterday.

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Basingstoke Bison will cease to be a Superleague team at the end of this month after the franchise owners, Basingstoke and Deane Council, withdrew their financial support yesterday.

Kingfisher expands Music Video Club in challenge to WH Smith

KINGFISHER, the B&Q and Woolworths retailer, is expanding its Music Video Club (MVC) chain in a move that could see it move into territory traditionally occupied by WH Smith.
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