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Every week another literary shortlist is announced, a judging panel revealed, a couple of longlists named, with a juicily controversial omission or a tediously predictable inclusion. But if The Parrots is to be believed, none is more significant than The Prize, the loftiest of all literary accolades, for which there are just three men in contention. They are The Beginner, The Writer and The Master. And for each of these men, the outcome really, really matters. In the Italian writer Filippo Bologna's smart new novel, we watch the three finalists in the countdown to the big announcement.

Open Eye: Missions for the new millennium

TIME TO sign off on the second millennium. The English think of 1066 as the beginning of well-documented national history. We can study nearly a thousand years of 1066 and All That and now the re-published Domesday Book allows us to make before-and-after comparisons.

Football: Inter old boys on show

ITALIAN PREVIEW

European Times Bologna: Butcher carves the left out of its citadel

AT THE Festa dell'Unita in Bologna things look pretty much as they always have, more like a provincial agricultural fair than a political fund-raiser. Hundreds of stands sprawl over a northern city park, interspersed with stages for bands, theatre performances and political debates.

Eating in: Doughs and don'ts

The fresh pasta we buy in supermarkets may cost more, but as often as not it tastes slimy and horrible. Michael Bateman visits Bologna to find out exactly what it takes to make good pasta, and says that we are missing out on a delicious treat

Football: Ken Bates and the Didier men

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Words: baloney, n.

"AND TELL me what street / Compares with Mott Street / In July?/ We'll go to Coney / And eat baloney / On a roll." Even more extraordinary than a producer's telling Rodgers and Hart that their musical Winkle Town contained nothing memorable is Hart's being absent from the OED.

Butcher gives `red Bologna' the chop

BOLOGNA "THE RED", the affluent bastion and showcase of Italy's reformed Communists, has fallen after 54 years of left-wing administration. In a closely fought second ballot it voted in a right-wing mayor, Giorgio Guazzaloca, who took took 50.69 per cent of the vote, beating his left- wing rival, Silvia Bartolini.

Travel: Something To Declare

NEWS FROM THE TRAVEL WORLD

Football: Kinnear tipped for Wales

JOE KINNEAR has emerged as the bookmakers' favourite to become the new Wales coach. Kinnear resigned as Wimbledon manager last week after a period of convalescence following a heart attack. It is believed that Celtic were preparing to offer him a senior position, but that may depend on the outcome of a takeover bid at the Glasgow club.

Football: Uefa set to probe brawl in Bologna

MARSEILLES, STRIPPED of the European Cup in 1993 after a match- fixing scandal, and Bologna are likely to face an inquiry by European football's governing body after their Uefa Cup semi-final second leg in Italy on Tuesday night ended in a brawl involving players and stewards.

Football: Marseilles win ends in brawl

A FIGHT broke out as the players left the field after Marseilles clinched a Uefa Cup final place with a late penalty in a 1-1 draw at Bologna last night.

My Favourite Restaurant; Top of the trattorias

MARGARET BARBOUR, chairman of South Shields-based J Barbour & Sons, makers of the eponymous waxed jackets, has to travel to Bologna for a meal at her favourite restaurant, the traditional, family-run Antica Trattoria Da Sandro al Navile.

Football: Gould salutes unsung hero

NOT FOR the first time in foreign parts, Wales were made to regret the absence of Ryan Giggs from the team whose prospects of qualifying for the play-off stage of the European Championship took a heavy blow in Switzerland last week. Yet it was the withdrawal of another left-sided player, the less celebrated Darren Barnard, that Bobby Gould chose to pinpoint.

Football: Signori strikes set up Bologna

GIUSEPPE SIGNORI, the former Italian international striker, scored twice as Bologna beat Lyon 3-0 last night to stand on the brink of their first Uefa Cup semi-final.

Books: Time to treat stupidity with respect

Serendipities: Language and Lunacy by Umberto Eco, trs William Weaver Weidenfeld pounds 12.99
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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

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Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

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