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Comedians should stop trying to be funny

I once saw Billy Connolly on TV talking about Charles Rennie Macintosh's home in France. The place looked so ravishing, my wife and I went on holiday there several times. So I owe him a debt, and am repaying it pretty badly by wondering why his New Zealand travelogue on BBC 1 on Saturday was so desperately unsatisfactory. I like Billy Connolly. New Zealand is a place I'd like to go to. So why was it such a wretchedly empty programme?

Letter: Funding the BBC

Sir: Over the coming weeks, the Government will decide its response to the Davies Report on the funding of the BBC. It is a critical moment not just for the BBC, but for the future of broadcasting in this country.

Music: Pictures from an exhibitionist

It began with Queen. So, as you might expect, video has always pandered to pop's worst instincts. By Michael Collins

Leading Article: God save the Queen

THE MILLENNIUM crowd are determined to put a smile on Her Majesty's face, with a "cookin'" version of the National Anthem to be performed at the Millennium Dome on New Year's Eve. The standard model was reckoned to be "leaden", so the Queen will sit through a version that includes samba drummers and Jools Holland on the piano.

Success kills off `McSocrates', Scotland's working-class hero

HE WAS the epitome of Scotland's rejection of Thatcherism: surly, scruffy, unemployed and with an attitude problem. But now Rab C Nesbitt, Scotland's favourite comic philosopher, is to hang up his string vest.

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I Work For: Alison Prince works for Jeffrey Archer, author and candidate for new Mayor of London

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Scots reveal anti-English sentiment

IT MAY be regarded as the banter of friendly rivalry but the Scottish view of the English as "the auld enemy" may conceal deeper racist tendencies.

Rugby Union: Gregan supplies engine power

Wallabies' scrum-half relishes the challenge of England on Saturday.

Football: Celtic send for Dalglish and Barnes

KENNY DALGLISH returned to Celtic yesterday after an absence of 22 years from the place he calls home, took an appreciative nod at Parkhead's physical transformation and smiled: "It's changed a lot since the last time I was here. They must have spent my transfer [money] well."

Arguments for Easter: The day when even God needs a scapegoat

Poor Judas. The tendency to lay the blame for the sin of the world at the feet of one man is not restricted to Gospel writers. Look around
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