Sport David Beckham having his medical at Real Madrid back in 2003

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Shaky Kent fail to return in triumph

Kent 222-8 Gloucestershire 223-4 Gloucs win by six wickets

Dawes' late double strike thwarts Kent's confident advance

Kent 291-4 v Middlesex

Letter: ITV licence fee

Sir: I have never been able to take seriously those who demand the right to opt out of the BBC licence fee (letters, 28 December) while ignoring the equivalent right to opt out of the proportion of consumer prices represented by TV advertising.

Letter: Millennium talk

Sir: As one gets older, the irritation factor grows at an exponential rate, so might I suggest the following New Millennium resolutions?

Hello there! It's the man who fell to earth

MAYBE YOU didn't know he'd ever been away, but David Bowie has hit the headlines with his decision to return to live in Britain. It seems that the pop star has been away for a quarter of a century. He has not been on Mars or some more distant planetary body, as his artistic output may have led you to expect, but Bermuda, a place more notable for its golf courses than extraterrestrials. Bowie must have a fondness for places beginning with "B" because he started life in Brixton, grew up in Bromley and first came to public attention in Beckenham. If this suburban community is not exactly the first place that springs to mind as a hot-bed of artistic creativity, it is no fault of David's, because he established the Beckenham Arts Lab (after all, it was the Sixties) in a large, dingy pub called the Three Tuns.

Hockey: Banned substance excludes Garcia

RUSSELL GARCIA, the sport's youngest Olympic gold medallist at Seoul in 1988, has been disciplined for allegedly taking a banned substance socially by Great Britain and excluded from their tour party to Australia and New Zealand in January to be announced later this week.

Chelsfield may sue over White City

CHELSFIELD, the property developer, is expected to make a multi- million-pound compensation claim against the Hammersmith & Fulham council if environmentalists scupper its plan to redevelop White City, writes Dan Gledhill.

Letter: Sword attack

Sir: You have added to the stigma carried by mood disorder sufferers by claiming that the man who attacked a south London congregation with a sword "suffered severe depression" (report, 29 November). Do you have a psychiatrist's assessment, or was that just word from local police? I suffer from severe depression, and have worked with fellow sufferers for some years. It is far more common to find guys like us who can't even get out of bed in the morning, because consciousness of living is too awful to contemplate, than to find someone who acts out any form of aggression against anyone else.

Counting sheep

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