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Rosdeep Kular appeared in an Edinburgh court for the second time today

Education: `Lit by tall candles, nearly every face was white'

Few black and Asian students apply to Oxford and Cambridge. The universities need to shed the Brideshead image to attract more. By Gita Kothari

Books: Work, property and sex in short, measured doses

The Bedroom of the Mister's Wife by Philip Hensher Chatto pounds 10

Bloomin' 'eck, what's that?

Exotic house plants are putting naff aspidistras in the shade. INGRID KENNEDY reports

Sailing: British hopes raised by trio

THE CHERNIKEEFF team kept British hopes flying for the second night in succession after an unpredictable day at the inshore races for the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup.

The Sunday Poem: No 30 Geoffrey Hill

Every week Ruth Padel discusses a contemporary poet through an example of their work.

Racing: How the bookies take your money

Bad luck, bad draw or just a bad horse, punters have more excuses than there are runners. The simplest reason, however, is basic mathematics. By Ian Davies

Racing: Candle Smile to keep Hills in shade

THERE ARE huge wooden panels hanging in the Chester grandstand which list the winners of the Chester Cup all the way back to 1893, but as yet, the name of Barry Hills appears only once. It is almost 20 years since Arapahos gave Hills his only success in the most sought-after race of the week, which is a little surprising, given that he has won most of the contests at the May meeting about half a dozen times. If he is ever to add another gilt-lettered entry to the roll of honour, it will surely be today.

Vigil planned for Tiananmen candlelight Chinese urged to light candles for Tiananmen

A GROUP of mainland dissidents has called on ordinary Chinese people to mark this year's tenth anniversary of the 4 June Tiananmen Square massacre by lighting candles, wearing mourning clothes and giving up an evening's entertainment. An open letter signed by 16 activists also urged people not to answer their phones and to set their pagers to respond to any call with the message: "Silence for mourning."

Travel: Greece - Trip the light fantastic

Orthodox Easter in Athens is a sight worth seeing. By Jill Dudley

Banana war: Trade War Damage

A NUMBER of small British companies bear the brunt of the trade war. The candle industry, in particular, has been hit hard. Ian Barnet, managing director of Shearer Candles, a Glasgow company employing 40 people, said: "We are in deep trouble. It will affect a third of our business and lose us pounds 1-2m in turnover."

Firms hit as banana war sours Anglo-US relations

SOME INDUSTRIES will be hit hard by the proposed 100 per cent duty to be levied on their goods imported into the US, writes Hester Lacey.

Design: Waxing lyrical about the light

Once an emergency light source, now a top home accessory - the candle comes into its own.

Churches call early start to millennium

YOU MAY be forgiven for thinking that the new millennium begins at midnight on 31 December 1999. Not so, according to church leaders, who announced on Tuesday that the celebrations should kick off on Christmas Eve 1999.

Interview: Barry McGuigan: Mild man blues

His father famously sang Danny Boy at the ringside; now Barry McGuigan is going to sing at the Cafe Royal. The former world featherweight champion may be strong, writes Jonathan Rendall, but he's certainly not silent

Churches risk pounds 7m on poem

CHURCHES IN Britain admitted yesterday that they are to take a big risk in proposing that revellers at New Year's Eve 1999 break off from "Auld Lang Syne" to recite a millennium poem.
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Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

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The acceptable face of the Emirates

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