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Letter: Interfere for nature

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Fashion: Suits you missy

Suits are such a lovely shape this spring. They're either loose and pyjama-y or neatly tailored but with either the feel is clean. No unnecessary lapels or details. But the greatest change in suits is in the trousers: they're worn very short. I love this look - not only can you saw inches off last years trousers if you so wish, but they look so nice at this length, really modern and fresh. Really wide trousers are still best worn long and floppy but with straighter ones you should be aiming for mid calf. I don't agree that this look cuts your legs in half and makes them look short. Plus if you've got good ankles and not so good thighs, then you can still wear trousers and get the best of both worlds. In the summer these cheeky little suits, worn with bare legs and flat shoes, will be everywhere so buy them now before every high street store sells out.

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Obituary: Ron Huzzard

RON HUZZARD was a pacifist who encapsulated all that is best in the British left and peace movement, adhering to principles of peace, justice and socialism over a lifetime.

Letter: Save songbirds

Letter: Save songbirds

Science: Quietly does it as mime delivers the message

STEVE MESURE has combined environmental science with mime, taking his science show to schools across the country. Mr Mesure, 38, runs the Floating Point Science Theatre, which has three touring troupes in constant demand, performing ten times a week in term time.

The Sketch: Hellfire sermon on tobacco leaves House in difficulty

SOME ADDICTIONS last longer than others, it seems. Yesterday's session in Parliament was dominated by the Secretary of State for Health, Frank Dobson, in a hellfire sermon about the demon weed.

Hockey: Fareham fall foul of Dodds and Co

FAREHAM, THE South Premier leaders, had their colours lowered for the first time this season when they lost their maximum points record at Beckenham in a thrilling game.

Dominoes: contact sport for pensioners

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Sports Letter: F1 driving back to front

Sir: In reply to the point raised (28 October) about standardising the F1 cars to the same spec. In principle this is a good plan, stopping drivers blaming their cars' performance instead of their own (poor workman blaming tools and all that.) However, this would inhibit the drive to explore technological advances, which in turn can be passed down to the retail market. A fairer system would be to start the cars in reverse order to the previous season's finishing points, thus forcing the superior drivers to start at the back of the grid.

Met police officer on pounds 10m drug charge

A METROPOLITAN police officer has been jointly charged with conspiracy to supply pounds 10m of cannabis.

Hockey: Spirited Cannock

SOUTHGATE, WITH a 4-3 win against Old Loughtonians, registered their fourth successive victory to take over the leadership of the EHL Premier, although their coach, Neill Hawgood, was far from happy with their performance, writes Bill Colwill.

Asian's murder 'racial'

AN ASIAN man stabbed in a busy street may have been the victim of a racial murder, police said yesterday.
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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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