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Letter: Wesker and Shylock

Sir: Arnold Wesker's trenchant attack on Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice ("Shame on you, Shakespeare", 21 July) is made to look foolish by the production currently running at the National Theatre.

Young adults and the meaning of life

Should you scramble for cash, like a coke-fuelled commodities broker, or drift along like a hippie?

Leading Article: Coronation Street needs a touch of government brass

THE BRITISH, it seems, are on the move again. New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests that 30,000 of us are migrating every year from the North to the South. This mass internal movement is, in truth, probably smaller than the ones that occurred in the bleakest years of the 1930s and the 1980s, let alone those during the great agricultural depressions of the 18th and 19th centuries. But it is still a substantial movement of people and, of course, comes on top of decades of previous migrations that have made the phrase "North-South divide" part of the common currency of national debate.

Tennis: Teenager Hilton in cup call

MARK HILTON, a 17-year-old from Mickle Trafford, near Chester, jointly ranked No 26 in Britain and No 1,107 in the world with four other players, will take his place alongside Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski in the Davis Cup squad for first round of the World Group against the United States in Birmingham at Easter.

Wanted: cute puppy with helmet

IF I thought there was any point, I'd go to Crufts tomorrow and get my mother a dog. She's desperate for another one. There is, however, absolutely no point in my schlepping myself all the way to Birmingham because she wants a mongrel. Not just any old mongrel, either. If she can't have one like Boy, then she wants one like this, please, and into my hand she thrust a large, pink, greetings card saying "Happy Birthday Granny" above a picture of a sickeningly cute puppy, straight out of Lady and the Tramp, and wearing a policeman's helmet.

Regalian plans power station bid

BATTERSEA power station, the south London building immortalised by Pink Floyd's Animals album cover, could soon be home to the Coldstream Guards.

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The Irritations of Modern Life: 23: directory enquiries

ANY DIRECTORY enquiries staff reading this, pay attention and listen up. The following numbers are all London ones: the Palace of Westminster (as in Westminster where Parliament is); Battersea Dogs' Home (an actually quite high-profile dogs home in Battersea); Buckingham Palace (where the Queen lives). I repeat: all these national landmarks are situated in the capital. So why do you always ask "Which town?" as though there might be another Palace of Westminster in, say, Grimsby or Penzance?

Obituary: Ernie Perry

FOR SOME of his contemporaries in the House of Commons, the abiding memory of Ernie Perry is standing at the entrance to the aye and no lobbies at divisions and with his broad smile coming up afterwards and saying: "I counted you in and I counted you out." Perry was enormously proud of being the first undertaker ever to become a Member of Parliament.

Words: colliflour, n.

ABSENT FROM "Books of the Year" was Ann Fadiman's delightful Ex Libris, a sassy volume on and around such matters as inscriptions on flyleaves, the merging of libraries on marriage - and the fact that all Fadiman's family are obsessive proof-readers. In restaurants, their waiter is invariably delayed by their putting the menu into proper shape, from redundant apostrophes to surreal spelling.

Obituary: Professor V. S. Griffiths

V. S. GRIFFITHS joined Battersea College of Technology in 1946 and saw it through its transformation into a College of Advanced Technology, and then its move to Guildford in 1966, when it became Surrey University. There he served as Pro Vice-Chancellor from 1968 until his retirement in 1982.

Politics: Neill Committee: Government to take sides in referendums

JACK STRAW strongly indicated yesterday that Lord Neill's call for the government of the day to remain neutral in a referendum campaign may not be implemented.

Literature: Raymond Carver

"If we're lucky, writer and reader alike, we'll finish the last line of a short story and then just sit for a minute quietly," wrote Raymond Carver. "Our body temperature will have gone up, or down, by a degree. Then, we'll collect ourselves and go on to the next thing: life. Always life."
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