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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’

Look at what the cat's dragged in

Cat owners are being asked to examine the gory remains of the prey their pets drag in to assess whether their penchants for small mammals are depriving other species of their food supplies. The Mammal Society has launched a survey among owners of Britain's 7.2 million cats to examine hunting habits and assess what effect they are having on voles, mice and the like.

Photography:Minas Gerais Pump House Gallery / Bolivar Hall, London

The people of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais are the Yorkshiremen of the Western Hemisphere, the Normans of the New World; hard, no-nonsense individuals who have, over the centuries, made a great deal of brass from the mountains of muck they have dug out of their "General Mines". The Mineiros affect the same disdain for the effete society of Rio de Janeiro as the people of Barnsley display towards the residents of Belgravia. At the same time, they are as proud of the natural and man-made beauty of their state as Yorkshire men are of Wharfedale or Castle Howard.

Angry scenes as Bonham's head cleared over death

Police were called to an Old Bailey court yesterday to quell angry scenes, as a member of the Bonham auction house family was cleared of causing the death of a charity worker by dangerous driving.

Britain silent in tribute to the children of Dunblane

MUCH of Britain was due to fall silent at 9.30 this morning, in a nationwide demonstration of the inadequacy of words to express grief for the murdered children of Dunblane.

Gummer's U-turn puts Thames trail off course

THE future of the Thames Path, a 210-mile walk along Britain's most famous river from its source to the centre of London, has been put in jeopardy by a decision by the Environment Secretary, John Gummer, to allow new office buildings to be erected on its banks.

THIS WEEKEND / Basketball PICK OF THE DAY; adidas streetball Challenge 1995 Battersea Park

Streetball is a simplified version of basketball with its own language, fashion and code. The adidas Streetball Challenge started its British tour in Glasgow at the end of June and has passed through Dublin, Manchester and Coventry on the way to its final leg in London.

Asylum-seekers banned


Athletics: Ethiopians no longer hiding

Three Ethiopian runners who disappeared after last month's World Cross-Country Championships are set to compete in a 5-kilometre race in London this weekend.

OBITUARY: Willi Soukop

Wilhelm Josef Soukop, sculptor: born 5 January 1907; RBA 1950; FRBS 1956; ARA 1963, RA 1969; Master of Sculpture, Royal Academy Schools 1969-82; married 1945 Simone Moser (died 1993; one son, one daughter); died Glasgow 8 February 1995.

London: the step-by-step guide Michael Leapman takes a stroll through Chelsea and Battersea

This is a walk for all seasons that combines park, river and some of London's most elegant houses.

Pembroke: A Disney dwarfed by events

THE CRISIS at the top of Walt Disney has forced a quick change of host tonight at a gala dinner to celebrate the video launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Where shall we meet?: Fungus Mungus, SW11

This grunge bar on the way to Wandsworth has the dubious distinction of being more easily seen in the daytime than at night; its rather garish frontage fades at dusk. The interior, hung with bits of 'art' of the sling-a-frame-in-front-of-something-painted-on-the-wall variety, is inhabited by the less coiffed of south London's beautiful people, preening their beards and having those intense conversations that only beautiful people can get away with. The garden has a table that would do well in a college dining hall and plenty of little nooks where you can gaze in a glazed sort of way at the stars. Open late.

Pembroke: BT uses long-ball approach

THE NEW football season has already taken its toll on BT. The company is staging an audio conference this afternoon, where BT executives from far- flung parts link up with journalists for a press conference. However, some participants will be further flung than the telecoms giant had in mind, like hospital. Darren Vanstone, one of two BT managers due to take part in the conference, broke a leg playing football at the weekend.

Where shall we meet?: The Latchmere, Battersea SW11

Pub theatres, or theatre-pubs, depending on the type of person you are, often have a fish-nor-fowl quality because the mums of fringe actors don't always necessarily look at home in the snug. They can also, of course, turn into complete riots if you get a gang of luvvies and their pals getting blasted post-performance. The Latchmere has a not-very-gay thespian bar upstairs so purusers of culture don't have to be tainted by talk of football and the inhabitants of the huge downstairs can have a good laugh at their expense as they go up.

Leading Article: The times they are a-changing

THE UNIVERSAL celebration of the Sixties prompted by the 25th anniversary of Woodstock has led with equal inevitability to a search for the spirit of our times now. Last week was quite useful. Michael Portillo and friends ushered in the end of cradle-to-grave social security and mounted a fresh attack on the disabled. There was a small tuna war in the Bay of Biscay, forcing Rwanda from the front pages. Frederick West's solicitor was reported to be attempting to sell taped conversations with him for pounds 1m. Nimbyism maintained its recent renaissance through the efforts of Jilly Cooper, writer, and Alistair Horne, historian. And Lotan Baba, an Indian holy man, rolled two-and-a-half miles through puddles from Parliament Square to Battersea Park in the cause of world peace.
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