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Killers get pounds 1m rebate from prison

THE PRISON Service is being forced to pay back more than pounds 1m to convicted killers and other inmates who were charged for "board and lodging" while in jail.

Letter: Priced out of town

Sir: If the Government is serious about encouraging "Sierra Man" to adapt to urban living (report, 14 January), it would do well to look at the most obvious reason for many not living in an urban setting. It is not an aspiration to live near the country but rather the inability to afford to live in the city.

A woman's work

With our agriculture in crisis a new breed of farmer's wife is transforming life on the land with energy and lateral thinking. Jack O'Sullivan meets one in full flow in rural Kent

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Edinburgh 98: Theatre

THE 1970 STUDENT play Lakeboat by David Mamet (below) was greeted with open arms when it was premiered at the Lyric, Hammersmith earlier this year. It observes the eight-strong crew of a freighter crossing the Great Lakes. Aaron Mullen's unfussy staging allows us to peer beneath the surface of those now typically brusque, edgy exchanges.

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THE Millennium Dome at Greenwich could boost overseas tourism revenue in Britain by between pounds 300m and pounds 500m in 2000, according to research by the English Tourist Board published yesterday, writes Colin Brown.


For a week in July, the Ways With Words Literary Festival takes place at in the medieval and rural setting of Dartington Hall. Admission to 76 events in the Main Hall is included in the price of the Rover Ticket (pounds 135). Take your pick from the many talks and discussions, a writing picnic, a woodland walk, and the poetry, fiction and memoir writing workshops. Blake Morrison examines universal questions through autobiographical experiences in his latest book Too True; Julia Stoneham gives an illustrated talk on adapting fiction for radio and the screen; Roy Hattersley, Claire Tomalin and Rachel Billington discuss `What makes a classic?'; Simon Singh recounts the quest to solve Fermat's Last Theorem; and Alain de Botton applies Proustian theories to daily life . Plus much, much more - send for a brochure now.

Education: Making the grade at Easter

Rather than burning the midnight oil alone, anxious GCSE and

Monday's book; Blind Date by Frances Fyfield (Bantam, pounds 16.99)

Elizabeth Kennedy, a former policewoman, lives in the belfry of a London church. Her room-mates are eight ancient bells suspended on rotten wooden frames, and a clock that stands perpetually at ten to three. By the end of the novel its hands stand at ten to four, and Elizabeth has endured a typically Fyfield-esque ordeal of darkness, danger and despair.

Skiing: Yad Moss: the St Moritz of the north

If you're looking for skiing close to home, search no more, writes Joe Gilbert. The Cumbrian fells around Alston, just a 45-minute drive from Carlisle, are often thick with snow ...
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