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Witches finally lay old Joan to rest

THE BODY of a Cornish witch who died in Bodmin Jail 185 years ago and which has been on public display for the past 40 years is soon to be laid to rest - possibly on Hallowe'en - in a secret ritual involving a group of present-day witches.

Words: smaragdine, adj.

WHEN MY children ask me what is my favourite colour, I always reply smaragdine. I'm not particularly fond of emerald green, but it is one of those words you can roll around your mouth and savour like a good brandy.

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My Lofty Life

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Letter: Waiting to die?

SHEILA HAYDEN is right. It's the quality of life that counts. And unlike many relatives, she is both compassionate and honest. A "sans everything" old age can be torture for relatives - although most are unwilling to admit it. I'm 76 and marginally "sans". I'm looking for a nursing home which allows unlimited access to Greene King draught Abbot, "Veterano" brandy and T-bone steaks. Any offers?

Games: While Santa sleeps ...

Here are a few brainteasers from Chris Maslanka to challenge your wits. The answers appear below - so don't look if you really want to sharpen your skills. Illustrations by Kate Smiley.

Leading Article: Green salad, home-made brandy and a large pinch of salt

A plate of grass drizzled with olive oil for Christmas lunch? A little of what you don't fancy does you good. As we report today, Albanians are terribly healthy considering their poverty. If they survive childbirth - a hazardous business, given the state of the Albanian health services - their life expectancy is about the same as ours. Yet their annual income is about pounds 250 a head, compared with more than pounds 12,000 for the UK.

Racing: Coome Hill has injury

Coome Hill may miss the Hennessy Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury on Saturday. Last year's winner pulled a muscle and knocked out a vertebra when third to Banjo on his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham earlier this month.

Racing: Right look stuns Williamson

The stewards have stepped up their campaign against jockeys who look as if they are not trying hard enough, or in the case of Norman Williamson, looking the wrong way. Richard Edmondson reports.

Weekend walk: In the footsteps of Caesar

Des Hannigan follows Roman legionnaires, smugglers and Winston Churchill from Deal to the white cliffs of Dover

It's time to zeenk or zwim

Forgive me if this missive is a little confused, but it comes to you from the heart of the Normandy property market and carries with it the impediments associated with that region.

Swedes find cognac galore

Swedish divers have found a sailing ship that was transporting a huge cargo of cognac, champagne and red wine when it was sunk by a U-boat in 1916. The Joenkoeping was found off the Finnish coast. Divers are trying to find how many the bottles are intact. Claes Bergvall, of the C Star diving exploration group, said the wine and spirits could fetch huge sums at auction. The vessel was carrying 36,000 litres of cognac, 5,000 bottles of champagne and 6,000 litres of wine. The cognac and champagne where being shipped to Russia's tsarist army.
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