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Athletics: Sprinters' scourge Johnson offered the baton

Michael Johnson, one of UK Athletics' arch-critics in recent years, has been approached by the UKA performance director, Dave Collins, regarding a possible advisory role.

YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS: So, Joanna Trollope, do you consider yourself to be the modern Jane Austen? Why are you obsessed with the clergy? And do you enjoy shocking your readers?

Joanna Trollope, 61, was born in Gloucestershire. A fifth-generation niece of Anthony Trollope, she read English at Oxford University, working in the Foreign Office and then as a teacher before becoming a full-time author. She wrote historical novels under a pseudonym until the publication of her first contemporary novel, The Choir, in 1987. She has written 12 contemporary novels, of which four - The Rector's Wife, A Village Affair, The Choir and Other People's Children - have been adapted for television. Her UK paperback sales total more than 6 million. Twice married, she has two daughters, and now lives alone with her dog near Cirencester, and in London.

Me And My Home: Finders keepers

Gwenda Brophy meets a couple who have created a very individual - and retro - space

Man of Leisure: Sean Collidge

Sean Collidge has a lot to answer for. His Freeport Leisure brought discount retail parks to Britain and turned shopping into a family activity. Now he has designs on shoppers in Castleford. And their reluctant menfolk...

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Commons Vote: Labour MPs rebel against legal aid cuts

TONY BLAIR suffered a fresh rebuff from his party's left-wing last night when 21 Labour MPs rebelled against cuts in the legal aid system.

Druids and pagans stop Seahenge being moved

A MIXED group of Druids, pagans, eco-warriors and tree lovers frustrated attempts yesterday by the Government's archaeological advisers, English Heritage, to dig up Seahenge, the 4,000-year-old tree circle recently uncovered by erosion on the Norfolk coast.

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Obituary: Steven Sykes

STEVEN SYKES is best known for his jewel-like Gethsemane Chapel at the east end of Coventry Cathedral, made during 1959-60. It was a commission from the cathedral's architect, Basil Spence, who like Sykes had served as a camouflage officer during the Second World War. Sykes's artistic career was difficult to pin down chiefly because he fitted uneasily into any neat progressive history of post-war art.

Frinton is braced for loosening of moral standards

A SMALL boy was flying his kite on the greensward as his grandfather leant on his stick and looked on admiringly. The beach huts were shut for winter and the evenly spaced wooden seats looking on to the North Sea were empty.

Letter: Useless euro

Sir: Price transparency is widely touted as a principal benefit of the euro to consumers. But are consumers so sensitive to price differentials that they will travel or purchase across borders within Euroland to take advantage of newly revealed lower prices? Hamish McRae thinks so ("The slow burn of the euro", 5 January), and also predicts the same kind of homogeneity in retailing there that we already have "from Inverness to Plymouth".

Eco-warriors dig in to defy bailiffs

BAILIFFS continued their efforts yesterday to dislodge protesters from a network of tunnels under the proposed route of the Birmingham Northern Relief Road, just as the Government confirmed start dates for several new road-building projects.

Campaigners angry at new road projects

ENVIRONMENTAL groups reacted angrily yesterday as the Government confirmed starting dates for 24 roads and details of the next stage of 13 more projects, including five to be built by private-public partnerships.

Letter: The right to work

Sir: Your series on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights included Article 23 - "Everyone has the right to work...." If this is so, why are we doing so much to eliminate jobs? It's not only the crumbling industries, but the everyday jobs from ticket collecting to directory inquiries. And this in a world where the only natural resource that is on the increase is human labour.
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Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

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