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Not great Brits

In Mondays paper, I gave three cheers for the team producing the Brits, and the way they have raised pounds 300,000 for the Brits school, and sold the televised proceedings abroad. After attending the pounds 325-a-head, pounds 4-a-beer jamboree I now withdraw two of those cheers (I leave one intact for The Manic Street Preachers invigorating stage act; the one genuinely exciting moment of the night.)

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The use of ecstasy by Oxbridge students has doubled in the last 12 months, according to a survey carried out for the Independent. The numbers taking cocaine and amphetamines have also risen.

E spells notoriety for Boy George

Boy George has sparked outrage with plans to release a song about ecstasy. MPs called for the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, to ban the record, "Everything Starts With An E'', by the Ezee Posse on Boy George's More Protein record label.

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Site unseen / Admiral's House, Hampstead

If you want to win a spot-the-celebrity quiz, ignore nightclubs like Stringfellows or Tramp. The sure-fire way to success is a wander through Hampstead in north London. Boy George, Michael Foot, John le Carre, Melvyn Bragg, Glenda Jackson - the star-studded list of Hampstead residents goes relentlessly on.
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