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VIJAY SINGH, who began the final round of the Scandinavian Masters yesterday three strokes off the lead, won by three after overhauling the field by the golf equivalent of half-time. While Singh was sucking his orange the rest were playing for place money. It is just as well that the Fijian has a bad back.

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I am sitting under 10ft of water in a swimming-pool in Chiswick, breathing air from a large cylinder attached to my back. In front of me, a man is making hand signals. He looks as if he's playing aquatic charades; in fact, he is telling me to take my air supply out of my mouth on purpose, and calmly put it back in again without drowning. After that, I have to take my mask off, put it back on and clear the water out of it - without holding my nose.

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A stroll in the park takes on a new dimension this summer thanks to the Bubble Theatre, the company that reaches the parks other theatres ignore. Instead of its distinctive orange tent-like auditorium, the Bubble is doing promenade performances in the open-air.

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A RUGBY player was cleared at the Old Bailey yesterday of the manslaughter of a rival player during a match.

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House builders are also in confident mood, buying greenfield sites and recycling buildings. Barratt has bought 26 sites within the M25 in the past year, including 23-acres from an Enfield hospital. Its other locations include a waterside plot in Chiswick, two more in Docklands, and sites in Mill Hill, Sutton and Kingston upon Thames. It has also bought two office buildings at Wapping and Tower Bridge to convert into flats.

'Player died after punch on the jaw'

A RUGBY player caused an opponent's death by 'deliberately and unlawfully' punching him on the jaw in an off-the-ball incident, an Old Bailey court was told yesterday.

Travel: . and that was your train

MY COLLEAGUE Christian Wolmar, writing in the Independent on Sunday, revealed 'gross discrepancies' in the operating company's punctuality figures for its trains serving Waterloo station in London. The station is not too hot on platform directions, either - bad news for foreigners who will be getting off Channel Tunnel trains there.

Ashley goes to aid of Pizzey's Refuge

The plight of Pizzey's Refuge, the world's first haven for battered women, in Chiswick, will be addressed today in the House of Lords when Lord Ashley of Stoke, a veteran campaigner for victims of domestic violence, calls on the Government to provide funding for the charity after Independent London highlighted its cash crisis last month. The centre must raise pounds 50,000 by the end of September to stave off closure.

Gardening: Novel rebuff for the real Rhett Butler

Fortunately, I do not need a refuge in which to write, having provided myself with one here above Killiney Bay, where all the houses, mine own included, are named for the Bay of Naples - which, strikingly, it resembles. ('Quite the most vulgar spectacle I ever encountered,' wrote Evelyn Waugh upon his first sight of Mount Vesuvius in the early hours of the morning.)

Food safety

Food safety experts will be at Sainsburys in Chiswick on Monday to advise shoppers on how to avoid food poisoning. Hounslow Council's food safety team will have displays at local schools and shops on kitchen hygiene.

First lease law test: Tribunal cases focus on the extension of leaseholders' rights

THE FIRST cases brought under the new legislation that gives leaseholders the right to buy their freehold or extend their leases should be heard by the summer.

Etc: The Top Five Injury/Accident Black Spots in London

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Letter: Bargain treasures

Sir: Your article 'National treasures cost too much' (10 May) makes no mention of the good value offered by English Heritage across the country. The cost of visiting our London properties, which is particularly singled out in your article as 'spiralling out of control', makes no mention of free entry to Kenwood and Marble Hill House, or Chiswick House and Rangers House, where the adult entry charge is pounds 2.30 and pounds 2 respectively.

Pizzey's refuge to close: World's first haven for battered women looks for 50,000 pounds to keep doors open

THE WORLD'S first refuge for battered women may have to close in September because of a financial crisis.

Sports Listings: Saturday / Rowing: Boat Race, Putney to Mortlake

The University Boat Race will be rowed for the 140th time tomorrow, starting at 12.30pm when Oxford and Cambridge embark on the 4 1/4 miles from Putney to Mortlake. Oxford have won 16 of the last 18 outings, though Cambridge, victors last year, hold the lead in overall wins, 70 to 68, with a dead heat in 1877. Isis and Goldie, the second crews, start at noon. The spectacular Head of the River race, with 400 entrants, will be rowed in the opposite direction at 3.45pm.
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