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Full-back tells Miguel Delaney how he worked on his strength and won over Jose Mourinho by putting ‘the team first, second and third’

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Andrew Longmore finds Britain's summer matinee idol at a loss for the first time

Tennis: Ivanisevic and Kafelnikov not suited to change of scenery

Good players might not become bad players overnight, but strange form fluctuations do seem to take place when they are sleeping, or at least trying to sleep, while in transit from one tournament to another. There are times when last week's winners become this week's no-hopers.

Call me an adultescent, if you wish, but I'm stuck on popular culture

It is not every day that one is stopped in one's tracks by a gang of lexicographers. But the people who edit Oxford Dictionaries have sent out a list of newly minted words that have appeared in the last year or so. And one's eye falls with horror on the portmanteau term "adultescent", defined as "35-45-year-olds with interests typically associated with youth culture". The word is new to me, but the sentiment is something I'm accused of all the time. Nobody actually says "Stop that, you ridiculous adultescent" - they simply cock an eyebrow when you reveal that you know the names (and the individual colours and apparent gender allocation) of all the repellent Teletubbies, you can differentiate between Natalie and Nicola in the All Saints girl pop group, you wear a tie (a nephew's Christmas present) emblazoned with the cartoon features of Homer Simpson, and you spend every Friday evening popping ecstasy tablets at the Brixton Fridge (only kidding). You can explain that it's simply a spillover of being a parent. But the pressure of one's post-40 peer group to make you abandon any desire to be au courant with popular culture just gets louder. Grow up, they say. Leave it alone, the club listings and the MTV videos and the hopelessness of even trying to stand up in rollerblade boots, let alone cruise down the middle of the Talgarth Road in the things. A generation of fortysomething friends now proudly admits they can't remember the last time they ordered a hamburger, stayed up until the dawn or bought a CD that wasn't a retread of an old favourite on vinyl disc (or, in some cases, shellac).

According to the boffins, it shouldn't have left the ground

Awareness of Britain's bat population is very much improved. But, writes Daniel Butler, there's still much to learn about these strangest of mammals.

Government put its weight behind hiring British videos

The Government yesterday launched a new drive to persuade customers in video shops to buy or hire British films in preference to Hollywood blockbusters.

The Houses can sell a home

When it comes to selling in the Camberwell/ Brixton area, a brochure with a picture of the Houses of Parliament works a dream. A house owner having enormous difficulty in selling her quiet family house in the same neck of the woods off Myatt's Fields, a lovely but little-known park, was amazed at the success of St Gabriel's Manors advertising campaign.

Something in the air for young birdwatchers

More than 90 countries are this weekend participating in the 1997 World Birdwatch.

Preview: Play monopoly

If you can keep out of jail long enough, why not take a chance and lend your support to The Great Monopoly Challenge which takes place around the capital today. The event, organised by The Royal British Legion to raise money for more than 50 charities, kicks off at 9.30am at King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations. Teams will collect a game card and, using only public transport, visit all the streets and sites on the Monopoly board in whatever order they wish and in the fastest possible time. The day climaxes in Battersea Park at 6 o'clock with prize-giving, live music and fireworks.

Comment: Receptionists and other pests

It may be the largest collection of living things on the planet, but some are more welcome at Kew than others. Or so I found last week at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which houses more than one in every eight of all the world's flowering plants.

Matters of the flesh

What to do with the cuddly toys? The girls undertook a census of them last week and discovered they had 73. Unfortunately they have given them all names, dates of birth and occupations so the conventional method of keeping numbers down - a midnight cull - is no longer possible. What was once an anonymous, lime-green mutant rabbit languishing at the bottom of the dirty clothes basket is now a shop assistant called Sally whose birthday must be celebrated tomorrow. Plan B was to persuade the children to take some to Kensington Palace as a tribute to Diana, something several hundred other parents have obviously thought of before me - but I could not live with the thought that some poor East European tourist might be sent to prison for three years for succumbing to the plastic, one-eyed gaze of a win-a-prize-every-time teddy bear. On the other hand, maybe it's not such a bad idea to make adult possession of cuddly toys a criminal offence, particularly when combined with broderie anglaise heart-shaped cushions on the bed.

Shore things

Driftwood mirror, pounds 69, driftwood frame, pounds 28.95, galvanised bucket, pounds 4.75, scented wooden seashore shapes, from pounds 2.50, all from Liberty, Regent Street, London W1, 0171 734 1234

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Swimming against the tide

Nick Halling reports from Bournemouth on the difficulty facing a demanding sport in establishing itself in Britain despite its Olympic status and worldwide popularity

Hare today, gone tomorrow?

One of Britain's great survivors is now under threat, writes Daniel Butler

Southern revival

Focus on London: prices are rising rapidly south of the Thames

Shopping list: Stone studded brilliance

Coffee table by Tom Baker, pounds 345, available to order from ORE, 563 Battersea Park Road, London SW11. Enquiries: 0171 801 0919
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