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Sian Smith: 'She's not in trouble. We just want her back'

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New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: the Turner prize-winning sculptor infiltrates city life with the help of Gautier Deblonde

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THE BEST OF TIMES @ bagleys studios

Racing: Brooks remains on bail until April

CHARLIE BROOKS, the former trainer who was due to answer bail at Charing Cross police station in London today, has been asked to appear on 13 April instead. Brooks went voluntarily to the station on 8 January after the Metropolitan Police's Organised Crime Group investigating allegations of race-fixing and horse-doping had visited the home he shares with Miriam Francome.

Sport: Top 10 books

1 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Yearbook 1999 edited by Peter Nichols (Oddball, paperback, pounds 14).

RACING: Riders still face Jockey Club scrutiny

WHEN RAY COCHRANE and Dean Gallagher walked out of Charing Cross police station on Wednesday they were flashing the smiles of men with nothing more to worry about. While they have now been ruled out of the criminal investigation into possible race-fixing, however, their problems may not yet be fully behind them. The Jockey Club confirmed yesterday that it may yet take action against the two jockeys, although there is little indication of what that action might be, or when it might be taken.

Racing: Five face doping charges

THE LONG-RUNNING police investigation into race-fixing, which began two years ago after the doping of two odds-on favourites, at last produced charges yesterday when five men were accused of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers and others through "interference with the fair running of horses by administration of a performance-inhibiting drug". None of the five, Ray Butler, Adam Hodgson, Jason Moore, John Matthews and Glen Gill, are licensed trainers or jockeys.

Historical Notes: Time does not distort reality. Life does

AT ONE time or another, we must have all felt that we were born into the wrong era. We pine for the false simplicity of the past or yearn for a feature of infinite possibilities. This is why we read fiction, to expand if only for a moment the terrible literalness of our daily lives.

Restaurants: Where shall we meet in Charing Cross Road?

Salsa, as everyone has been assured for the last four years, is highly fashionable. Every chick with a sense of adventure seems to be investing in strappy sandals and a crimson lipstick these days. It is, so aficionados say, the sexiest dance form in the world. Men who are actually any good may be in short supply, but salsa is an ideal chance for women to show off their wares in relatively protected circumstances.

Letter: Country bus misery

Sir: I have every respect for Ken Livingstone ("Don't privatise the Tube by the back door", 17 February) and think he ought to have the chance to run for Mayor of London. But don't many Londoners sound so insular?

Kurd Protests: Siege ends, hands and heads held high

THEY CAME out one by one, their hands held high above their heads and with a photo-copied portrait of their revered leader, Abdullah Ocalan, taped to their chests. Slowly and defiantly the 77 Kurds stepped single file into the broad, tree-lined West London avenue. There they were met by the police who had surrounded them for the past three days. They were in no rush.

Obituary: Bob Kelly

BOB KELLY was one of those little-known but seminal musicians who, almost in passing, influenced many famous names who built their reputations during the Sixties blues boom. Born in Glasgow in 1930, he was a self- taught pianist in barrelhouse tradition - a loosely defined area where the blues overlaps with the folkier end of ragtime. As a barrelhouse pianist Kelly found himself with the interval spot at Ken Colyer's club, the 51 Club, off the Charing Cross Road in the mid-Fifties.

Racing: Race-fixing probe includes Flat races

POLICE INVESTIGATIONS into allegations of race-fixing and doping now include two races on the Flat. The Flat jockey Ray Cochrane has revealed he was questioned about racing in his sphere by detectives at Charing Cross police station after his arrest - along with the jump jockey Graham Bradley and the former jump trainer Charlie Brooks - last Friday.

Racing: Cochrane makes return to the track

RAY COCHRANE will be in action for the first time since his arrest on Friday by the Metropolitan Police in their ongoing investigation into race-fixing and doping when he rides at Southwell today.

Arts: Trust me, this is a great book

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Book: Events

HULL: Reading at the Hull Literature Festival this week are: Paul Farley, whose collection The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You won the T S Eliot prize for first collection (Tues 17, 7pm at Waterstone's, Jameson St, 01482 580234); U A Fanthorpe, Wendy Cope and Julie O'Callaghan (Wed 18, 8pm, Hull Truck Theatre, 01482 323638); Sean O'Brien and Ian Duhig (Fri 20, 7pm, Waterstone's); Benjamin Zephaniah (Sat 21, 8pm, Hull Truck Theatre).
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