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Puett's genius has enduring impact

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Racists, rednecks and the reform of Canada

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LAW REPORT 30 April 1997

TRAVEL: Living the utopian dream

In 1901 a ship packed with Finnish settlers arrived on Canada's wind-battered Malcolm Island determined to create a harmonious outpost. Almost a century later Taras Grescoe discovers that their descendants remain true to the cause

England coach looks to youth: Hockey

Maggie Souyave has named six uncapped players - four of them teenagers - in a party announced yesterday for the Five Nations' Tournament in Vancouver starting next month. It is the first England squad since the Atlanta Olympics.

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Before `Pride & Prejudice', Colin Firth was a moderately successful young actor, looking forward to a moderately successful career. Then every woman in the land fell for Mr Darcy. Now he's the first choice for everything from BBC adaptations of Conrad to Nick Hornby's `Fever Pitch'. But what does the man himself make of all the fuss?

`Militia' arms cache found

Police in British Columbia, Canada have seized weapons, ammunition and survival gear from what they say is a remote mountain training camp for a right-wing American militia group.

A long way from home with Bruce

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A rights issue? BICC might even start a trend

The recent fashion has been for companies to hand back capital to shareholders rather than ask them for more - not that investors in BICC have seen much evidence of the trend lately. It is fitting, therefore, that the cables group should be one of the first to reverse the process with yesterday's call on shareholders to stump up pounds 170m by way of a two- for-11 rights issue.

Mathew Horsman; On why John Birt is right

Bill Bryson, travel writer and former Independent staffer, once wrote, apropos of the trendy main courses on menus in even out-of-the- way provincial hotels, so often followed by bread-and-butter pudding or sherry trifle, that you can do a lot to the English, but "don't f*** with their pudding."

Gunman 'took revenge' on family

Vernon, British Columbia (Reuter) - Residents of this scenic wine country town were in shock after a man shot and killed nine people and then killed himself.

Wedding gunman kills nine

VERNON, British Columbia (AP) - An estranged husband shot dead his wife and eight of her relatives as they prepared for a family wedding on Friday, then drove to a motel and killed himself, leaving a note of apology.

Many, many happy returns

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