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192-PART GUIDE TO THE WORLD PART 21: BOLIVIA

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The old go for gold

FAN swivelled her hips and giggled: "Do you know the rumba? I was always a dancer but when I started race walking at 70 I found it used the same sort of floating movement as the Latin steps."

Football: Ronaldinho upstages Ronaldo

RONALDO SCORED twice as Brazil began their Copa America defence with a merciless seven-goal demolition of Venezuela on Wednesday.

Shell threatening tropical dry forest

A GAS pipeline backed by Shell threatens to destroy the world's biggest remaining tract of tropical dry forest, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warned yesterday.

Obituary: Nancy, Lady Smiley

NANCY SMILEY was the last of the Beaton sisters and perhaps the earliest photographic model of her brother Cecil Beaton. Cecil had a strong influence on the lives of both Nancy and Baba, just as they were willing and long-suffering sitters for his youthful experiments.

Obituary: General Celso Torrelio

CELSO TORRELIO was an obscure Bolivian army officer who enjoyed a brief moment of fame at the conjunction of two significant developments in recent Latin American history: he was present at the fall of the first government, anywhere in the world, to be run for and by drug traffickers, and he subsequently presided over a junta that turned out to be one of the last old-style military regimes in a country that had become a byword for barracks conspiracies.

Inchcape to return pounds 530m to investors

INCHCAPE, the mini-conglomerate which is in the middle of transforming itself into an international car distributor, is planning to return pounds 530m to shareholders through a special 100p-a-share dividend following the sale of its Latin American interests.

Spanish with a Bolivian accent

Determined not to let the traumas of French O-level put her off, Sue Wheat decided to tackle Spanish in La Paz

Pursuits: Creativity

WOULD WEATHERMEN be isobarred and vicars taken out of service? (JR Gore). And still they flood in, those appropriate sackings. So much excellent material was omitted, I will be self-publishing a Creativity Extra (magazine) to give it all a platform. Watch this space.

Adrift among the clouds

A Victorian gunboat waits on Lake Titicaca to become, at 12,000ft, the world's highest cruise ship. Juliet Clough reports

Historical Notes: A feathered snake and a man with a beard

LEGENDS SAY that a bearded white man, with fair hair and blue eyes, brought super-knowledge to the Maya. He taught them the mysteries of the heavens, the laws of mathematics and astronomy, and the skills of the artisan. He taught them to build their pyramids and palaces of stone. Above all else, he taught them wisdom; that purification would come though sacrifice, and that immortality awaited the souls of the pure.

Travel for mind, body and spirit: Heart Eco-tourism in Bolivia

As sunsets go it wasn't that spectacular. A soft pink as opposed to the shocking, palm tree-silhouetted orange of picture-postcard fame. But what made it so memorable was Tom Morrill - a soulful, 77-year-old American - reading his poems in the twilight.

Sight Readings: From busk till dawn

Spare a thought - and some change - for the talented musicians playing on a corner near you

Science: Babies: A hormonal conundrum

John Bonner reports on some of the leading lights of modern British science

Travel: An umbrella short of a cocktail

Copacabana this may be, but unlike its Brazilian sister, the strongest drink on the shores of Lake Titicaca is coca tea.
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