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Flat Earth: Wrong end of stick

IT was good of Morocco to send a delegate to a meeting of the UN committee on torture in Geneva last week. Except they got it slightly wrong, and sent a senior policeman frequently accused of being a leading torturer himself. Yousfi Kadouri used to run the notorious Derb Moulay Cherif centre in Casablanca where hundreds of prisoners are said to have been tortured.

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Late and great

FILM / It's a flirty job, someone has to do it: 'Americans being Americans, they want what they haven't got. They want excitement, something exotic, something different.' In short, something European. Or someone, like the Swedish actress Lena Olin. By John Lyttle

The Swedish actress Lena Olin knows why Hollywood wants her. 'If you go to the States, the best is represented by Europe. Buy this: it's a 'European product'. It's a European this, it's a European that. Because they don't have it, you see. It comes from the sophisicated and far away . . . There is something about me that they find strange and attractive. Americans being Americans, they want what they haven't got. They want excitement, something exotic, something different.'

Where will it end?

WERE THE closing moments of Casablanca filmed in Los Angeles, at what is now known as John Wayne Airport, as we claimed in our Christmas quiz?

William Donaldson's Week: How to tell if you've been had

HONEST John has got it wrong again, the upshot being that clients of the Frankie Fraser Debt Collection Agency (directors, Mr William Donaldson and Mr 'Mad' Frankie Fraser) are obliged to sit on orange boxes rather than on stuff by Sir Terence Conran.

Travel: Bogart puzzle

JOHN WESTBROOKE, runner-up in our Christmas film quiz competition, wrote enthusiastically to me about his prize trip to Rome. But he is still nursing a grievance about the answer we gave to the Casablanca question.

Why he never had it so good: Enthralled by his role on the world stage, Harold Macmillan was a stylish performer whose lack of substance led to his downfall, says Richard Aldous

'I 'ave a go, I do,' says Archie Rice to his audience in John Osborne's The Entertainer. While the hecklers shout their insults and abuse, John Major pleads the same. Trying to ditch his grey image, the Prime Minister might feel tempted to put aside his hero, Stanley Baldwin, and take lessons from the old political entertainer of his youth. Harold Macmillan would have been 100 this week. His premiership should be a warning to Mr Major that style without substance still leaves you, like Archie Rice, 'dead behind the eyes'.

Mosque opens

The Hassan Grand Mosque, which has the world's tallest minaret, was opened for the first time yesterday for public prayers by an estimated 20,000 worshippers, Reuter reports from Casablanca.

GRAPEVINE / Kathryn McWhirter meets some bright young things from Chile

EL ARTISTA they call him in Chile. The innovative Ignacio Recabarren is one of the few Chilean winemakers to have worked abroad - his CV includes Chateaux Lafite and Margaux, Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, Rosemount and Coldstream Hills in Australia. Two of his successes are the wines of Santa Carolina and Casablanca, which have more subtlety and individuality than most of their compatriots. My favourites among the whites are ****1992 Santa Carolina Special Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Rosa Vineyard ( pounds 5.99 Safeway), soft and rich, with lovely biscuity, honeyed and pineappley flavours, and ****1992 Casablanca Valley Chardonnay, Santa Isabel Estate ( pounds 7.68 The Nobody Inn of Doddiscombsleigh near Exeter, pounds 7.95 selected Sainsbury's, Premier Wine Warehouse of London SW6), rich, soft, concentrated and well-balanced, with ripe fruit and bready and honeyed flavours. The peachy, nicely oaky ***1993 Casablanca Valley Chardonnay, Santa Isabel Estate ( pounds 6.99 Oddbins) is also very good and the ***1993 Casablanca Chardonnay ( pounds 4.99 Oddbins) is good value, with its well-balanced oak, rich- fruit honeyed flavour. The Sauvignons, softer and riper than their New Zealand cousins, include a crisp, gooseberry-flavoured ***1993 Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc ( pounds 4.99 Oddbins and William Low, pounds 4.95 Booths of Stockport); a ripe and concentrated, grassy and gooseberry-fruity ***1993 Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blanc ( pounds 6.99 Oddbins), and a good, crisp, fullish-bodied **1993 Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Rosa Vineyard ( pounds 3.99 Oddbins, pounds 4.29 selected branches of Cellar 5 and Berkeley wines; pounds 4.29 Wineways of Leeds, Scarborough, Manchester, Bingley and Bradford from 1 February). 'Cinco Estrellas' means 'five stars'; well, perhaps not quite, but certainly **** to 1989 Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Cinco Estrellas, Chile ( pounds 6.99 Oddbins, pounds 7.95 selected Sainsbury's). ***1988 Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve ( pounds 4.95 selected Sainsbury's) is intensely Ribena-fruity, honeyed and treacly, with some tannin.

BEST SELLERS / Top 10 cult and classic videos

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Computers: Recalling screen icons as time goes by

THIS IS THE gift for movie-lovers. Start from Cinemania 94's extensive (19,000) movie list by typing in or selecting the name you want. Up comes basic information - length, year, black and white or colour, awards won - a cast list and a short review.

BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS / Cinema: Stars and illuminations

OF COURSE the world needed another 'intimate biography' of James Dean, especially Joe Hyams's James Dean: Little Boy Lost (Century pounds 15.99), which wastes less time than most on the Method and goes directly to the sexual partners, male and female, then concludes with a chapter on where the whole cast - including Hyams, who knew his subject - happened to be when they heard of his fatal accident. Sex and death: isn't that what Hollywood is about?

Hi-tech mosque

Morocco's King Hassan II was preparing last night to inaugurate the world's most modern mosque, equipped with a laser pointing towards Mecca and a massive sliding roof to let in the sun, AFP reports from Casablanca. The Hassan II mosque, on reclaimed land jutting into the Atlantic, covers 10 hectares (25 acres) and can hold 100,000 faithful, with 20,000 inside its main prayer room, where women will be separated from men on two mezzanines.

World's second-biggest mosque inaugurated today

The interior of the pounds 330m King Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, with room for 20,000 worshippers. Besides water pools, the mosque has a sliding roof to let in the sun.
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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

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Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices