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Sebastian Graham-Jones

In my obituary of Sebastian Graham-Jones [23 July], I stated that he directed Brian Cox and Gemma Jones in Creditors at the Open Space Theatre in 1972, writes Richard Mangan. Unfortunately, I was misled about this; Sebastian took part in the production, but the play was directed by Roger Swain.

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Campaigner for homosexual law reform

Royal Court will not reopen on time

THE RE-OPENING of London's Royal Court theatre next month has been postponed because the building will not be ready,

Will the real Scots character please stand up?

DOES BEING Scottish make you naturally friendly, generous, good- looking and intelligent? Or is Scottishness more about having a wee pinched face, an aggressive nature and a drink problem?

Letter: England left out

Sir: The combination of the low turnout in the Scottish Parliament elections and Dennis Canavan's victory in Falkirk speaks volumes about the way the Caledonian electorate approached this contest.

Most race attack victims `are white': The English Exiles

The Braveheart phenomenon, a Hollywood-inspired rise in Scottish nationalism, has been linked to a rise in anti-English prejudice.

Cinema: No wonder it knocked them for six

A FILM about a genius can rarely hope to be as smart as its lead character. But Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (15) has a brave try - and when it runs out of cleverness, it makes such an effective appeal to your tear-ducts that you barely notice you've been fobbed off with sentimental platitudes.

Letter: BBC drama is alive and well

In the understandable passion he expresses about the scheduling of Food for Ravens ("Halt the agonising death of BBC drama", 16 November) Brian Cox overlooks one important fact. BBC Wales decided to commission this production solely for the benefit of viewers in Wales, after it had been offered to the network, and rejected, at script stage 12 months ago. There was no betrayal of promise or principle in this - everyone involved in the project knew that they were making it just for the audience in Wales.

Film: Drawn home by a labour of love

Actor Brian Cox is contemptuous of British television. That's why he has settled in Los Angeles. But he is back on our screens this Sunday with a drama about the socialist politician Nye Bevan. It is a role strong enough to bring him back to Britain, he tells Cameron Docherty.

Why the Scots need the English

Scotland defines itself against its neighbour: this week's vote could destroy its identity, says David Walker

The joker. Is this the right man to run a railway?

Brian Souter, executive chairman of Stagecoach, the bus and rail giant, is fond of a joke. But his customers, who have faced random cancellations and reduced services, are unlikely to find his latest offering funny.

Stagecoach could be in for a very rough ride

Brian Cox, the chairman of South West Trains, must be used by now to apologising for cancellations; his long-suffering passengers are certainly used to taking his published timetables with generous helpings of Saxa. The one cancellation he will not be apologising for, however, is the craven decision of MPs to abandon today's scheduled grilling of SWT before the Commons Transport select committee.

Comment: Trouble in store for rail franchises

Perhaps it was just bad timetabling that on the very day the Government completed the sale of the last remaining passenger train franchise, the first one it disposed of was running into a spot of bother with its regulator. It is hard, however, to avoid the suspicion that the indecent haste with which the 25 franchises have been sold off is storing up trouble. Last week we had the spectacle of no less than four franchises being knocked out in one day. Anyone would think there was an election on the way.

From quavers to quasars

Science couldn't ask for a better PR coup. The keyboards player of a chart-topping band is forced to choose between continuing pop stardom and a career in physics - and opts for quasars over quavers.

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