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Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, 53, has left hospital two months after suffering a stroke.

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ONE evening as I was bowling along to Charing Cross to catch a train, I stopped by the doors of the National Portrait Gallery to help a man who looked hopelessly lost. Normally I'd swerve by just like anyone else, but a sideways glance confirmed that this one at least didn't look like a lunatic. Middle-aged, a luxuriant head of gilded hair, clothes smart-casual, air of amused bewilderment. "Excuse me?" he smiled. Probably just wanted to know the way to the Ambassadors' Theatre. "Yes, can I help?" I responded. "Well, I hope so," he sighed expansively, speaking very slowly. Almost immediately I realised my mistake.

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A series of explosions which renewed fears of an IRA campaign in central London yesterday turned out to be gas cylinders ignited by a fire in a tar boiler. The blasts rocked the Strand near Trafalgar Square sending a sheet of flame 20ft into the air above a building under renovation.

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A doctor who has followed the Princess of Wales on many engagements has been arrested for a second time. Klaus Wagner, 37, from Germany, was handing leaflets to tourists outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday when he was held on suspicion of a breach of the peace.

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Bombers hit London's West End

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Electric device to trumpet a silent age

Tony Fisher (with trumpet) expects never to be asked to pipe down again, writes Charles Arthur. Pictured in St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Charing Cross, London, the leader of the Bert Kampfaert orchestra yesterday demonstrated an electronic trumpet mute that makes the instrument inaudible to those nearby - such as John and Diana Wyatt, in front - while amplifying it to normal levels in the player's headphones.

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It was the hottest ticket of the summer. It was luminous yellow plastic, worn round the wrist hospital-style, and it got you into London's Brixton Academy last night to see the last date of the Rolling Stones' UK Tour.


The first London production in 10 years of Pinter's greatest play, a riveting study of a triangular relationship. Julie Christie's London debut understandably stole the pre-publicity headlines, but Lindy Davies's revival also marks the long overdue West End debut of Harriet Walter, a National Theatre, RSC and Royal Court star for years.

The right main for the job

It comes sanctified by France's leading linguistic theorists, but your mother won't like it. Exactly 26 years after it was written, the novel Eden Eden Eden is finally crossing the Channel together with its accursed progenitor, Pierre Guyotat. It's been a long, hard wait. The book was banned for 11 years by the French Ministry of the Interior as pornographic, its author denounced and praised in equal measure as the new Marquis de Sade/Jean Genet/Antonin Artaud (tick as appropriate). But it's not so much what Guyotat writes about (perpetual, feral sexual acts in the Algerian desert during a period of civil war) as the way he writes, that has attracted outrage. Always a terrible enfant, he masturbates as he pens, coating his manuscripts in a cocktail of ink, semen, dirt and blood. Calling him another pretentious French wanker will get you nowhere, because he sweeps the critical carpet from underneath your feet. His prostitution is his art, his book is intended to stink. More importantly, as Roland Barthes, oozing praise, points out: "Criticism, unable to discuss the author, his subject, or his style, can find no way of taking hold of this text" - it's not "the adventure of some hero, but the adventure of the signifier itself". Don't just take his word for it, though. The manuscripts are going on display and the man himself will no doubt be only too happy to give you a taste of his work.

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