Life and Style A ruling which banned Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

The decision was made after evidence showed the amount of torrenting by Dutch users had not gone down

'There are thousands of bodies down there. An underwater town'

Rotting corpses, debris and muddy water fill the Honduran capital after Hurricane Mitch. Phil Davison reports from Tegucigalpa

The Sketch: Ron the non-confessor speaks a lot but says nothing

THE LAST time Ron Davies spoke in the Commons it was on the Bill establishing a Welsh Assembly, including a contentious Government amendment requiring the Welsh Executive to sign the Official Secrets Act. Mr Davies commended this amendment to the House and there have been several times in the past few days when his tight-lipped manner suggested that he had promulgated a private extension of this legislation to cover his own misadventures on Clapham Common.

If your name's Roger, then the job's yours

With the start of the autumn term, new staff-lists have been drawn up. It's clear from them that the name of the moment is Roger. In the last couple of weeks, Roger Lewis has taken charge of Classic FM, Roger Wright has become the new Controller of R3 and Roger Mosey is the hot tip for Grand Supremo of BBC Radio, a job previously held by Matthew Bannister. Even this last chap was commonly - that is by R1's Marc and Lard - always known as Roger, though his ability to run a four-minute mile is questionable. Only time will tell what the Rogering of radio will achieve.

Music: Shouts from the rooftop

Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock and Labradford Queen Elizabeth Hall roof London

Heartland America braced for torrent of lurid detail

IF YOU think that President Bill Clinton, after months of denial and self-delusion, may at last be getting with the plot, consider this from his contrition-laden speech in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday. He said: "I hope that millions of families all over America are, in a way, growing stronger because of this." Pardon?

Letter: School action zones

Sir: On the back of a torrent of government "educational initiatives" which includes a revised National Curriculum, a Year of Reading, literacy hours, literacy hotlines, summer schools and Saturday classes we are now to have "action zones". Is David Blunkett not aware that we are at the bottom of the European literacy league table because the liberal Sixties spawned a host of "educational initiatives", foisted on us by a generation of whizz-kid advisers who rose to stardom on the basis of a range of expensive, untried and unproven initiatives.

Choice: Film: Breaking the Waves

9pm today (6pm Wed); Epidemic, 7pm today (9pm Wed), ICA, Nash House, The Mall, London SW1 (0171-930 3647)

Outlook: Strong passions about small steps

AS TEACUPS GO, the eight members of the Monetary Policy Committee must be feeling that theirs is unreasonably stormy. Amidst the torrents of angst about the level of interest rates and the strong pound during the past week, it has been easy to overlook the fact that the levers of macroeconomic policy are set about right. The hawks who think interest rates should rise are only talking about a quarter point increase to 7.5 per cent. Given the state of knowledge about where the economy is - imperfect - and where it might be heading - uncertain - the debate between the hawks and doves is on a par with mediaeval rows about how many angels might fit on a pinhead.

Valentine: Lovebirds and the raging torrent of emotion

Steenie Harvey visits Niagara Falls, the honeymoon capital of the world

Clinton curbs tax agency power

President Bill Clinton yesterday announced plans to 'reinvent' the tax agency and rein in overzealous revenue collectors. As Mary Dejevsky reports, he was trying to quell a growing public outcry against the most feared and detested institution in the United States.

DANCE : Mark of genius for Handel

What is it that comes to those that wait? Joy, pure joy. London has waited a long time for Mark Morris - it was said there was no venue big enough, good enough or available - but the combined forces of Dance Umbrella and English National Opera have finally put things to rights. On Thursday at the Coliseum, the 24 members of the Mark Morris Dance Group hitched up to ENO's chorus, orchestra and soloists for Morris's choreographed version of a gem of the English baroque. It was a marriage made in heaven.

Sure ain't child's play

David Strassman's no dummy, writes James Rampton

CLASSICAL MUSIC Peter O'Hagan Purcell Room Ian Pace Conway Hall, London

O'Hagan and Pace: not another comedy duo, but two English pianists whose recent London recitals interestingly highlighted challenging composers of different generations. Peter O'Hagan's extraordinarily demanding programme at the Purcell Room on Tuesday began with two Stockhausen piano pieces - Klavierstuck IX (the one with the repeated chords) and Klavierstuck X (the rarely heard, large-scale one with clusters and glissandi, played with bandaged hands) - and continued with three Ligeti etudes.

COMEDY Billy Connolly Labatts Apollo, Hammersmith

Just in case a punter had inadvertently entered the Labatts Apollo on Monday still expecting to see the recently departed Riverdance, the stage backdrop was plastered with the sort of slogans not readily associated with the wholesome Irish dance troupe: "grey pubic hair", "sheep-shagging", "incontinence pants", and "itchy bum". There was no mistaking it; you could only be here for Billy Connolly.
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