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Judo: Selectors facing new headaches

THE BRITISH National Championships at the Cardiff Institute of Sport yesterday were intended to settle the format of the international squad for the first quarter of next year, but by the end of the day it had created as many problems as it solved.

Judo: Fairbrother gains rapid revenge

When Nicola Fairbrother fights, her eyes narrow and her face sets in a mode of grim determination and this was particularly true of the final at the British Judo Championships at the Cannock Leisure Centre yesterday.

CLASSICAL: Music on Radio

It seemed so promising, in an old-fashioned BBC sort of way: Krzysztof Penderecki's choral celebration of Jerusalem's first 3,000 years would be framed by a guided tour of the city's ramparts. The music would draw on the joys and woes of the composer's Polish-Jewish past, while the words embraced all Jewry. Had Sunday's Choir Works (Radio 3) hit on a perfect marriage of sound and sense?

McRae has the edge

Rallying

Package holiday bargains sell out

Cheap deals: Last-minute giveaways scarce as tour companies vow not to repeat last summer's suicidal discounts

Holiday war hots up with deals for '97

Big savings are on offer even before this year's holiday is taken, reports Glenda Cooper

From Blackpool to Phnom Penh with love

It's summer and the British are packing their bags. Simon Calder maps our changing holiday habits over five decades and Paul Vallely pens some postcards home

OBITUARY : Terence Weil

Terence Weil was one of the best-known professional cellists in London of his generation. While spending much of his time working with the chamber orchestras that proliferated from the 1950s onwards, it was as a chamber-music player that he really excelled.

Show fails to go on for British entertainers

MORE THAN 400 British musicians and dancers were returning home last night after being forced to abandon their annual summer tour in Spain because their holiday company owed pounds 34,000 to local hotels, writes Cyril Dixon.

Captain Moonlight: A brush with the rich and famous

LOOK at this picture. Charming, is it not? Should you be having difficulty placing the sitters, they are the Duchess of York and her two daughters, the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. The Duchess of York was so taken by it that she is giving it to her estranged husband, the Duke. It is by Barbara Kaczmarowska-Hamilton, a Polish artist. Ms Hamilton is our leading social portraitist. She works in pastels and her nickname is Basha. Her list of subjects includes Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, many other leading figures in English society, and Sir Peregrine Worsthorne. And Professor Norman Stone.

Airtours turns up heat in holiday price war

THE HOLIDAY price war intensified yesterday when Airtours, Britain's second largest package holiday company, announced more than 100,000 'children-go-free' deals, writes John Arlidge.

Travel: Paradises regained: Many Fifties dream holidays have been nightmares for years. But even the Costa Brava still has idyllic spots. Over the next three weeks, Jill Crawshaw reviews old favourites

'THE PLACE is completely ruined - we couldn't possibly go there,' declare holiday-makers who almost certainly haven't been there, wherever it is. 'Unbelievably picturesque and unspoilt, a unique combination of the traditional and the modern' boasts the holiday brochure of the same place.

Hundreds of Britons trapped on roads for fourth day

HUNDREDS of British holidaymakers and lorry drivers remained trapped yesterday as France's trunk roads were blocked for the fourth day, despite government negotiations with protesting truck-drivers.
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German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

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