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An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

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LETTER: Wasted water

From Mr Mikael Grut

LETTER : Conservation in the suburbs

WHEN I win the lottery I shall buy a house on the Mapesbury estate, Brent, and gladly run the risk of a £20,000 fine in order to paint my property Costa del Sol white, build a very large UPVC porch (and even bigger UPVC conservatory), replace all wooden doors and frames with plastic (and mock leaded lights) - oh, and if I can find space, some Vera Duckworth cladding.

The force remains with Forsbrand

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Madrid - The French seem to have got their culottes in a twist over the invasion of English words into the language of Baudelaire.

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Sir: Your new travel editor Simon Calder's 'Dear Adele Bliss' letter (5 August) has taught me one home truth at least - that journalist's copy has a lot more in common with tourist brochures than is generally appreciated.

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I'VE JUST got off the phone with a friend who has been telling me his summer holiday plans. He and his girlfriend and a bunch of their friends are going to spend two weeks in a big villa on the Costa del Sol. I imagine riotous water fights and a lot of throwing each other in the swimming-pool. I imagine evening strolls into the town centre for paella suppers and I imagine (this bit is drawn from the Bacardi advert) much racing along jetties at night, dressed in flappy white clothes.

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Travel: The Rock against the clock: An eccentric phrase book, a hire car, and eight hours to go: Matthew Gwyther glanced at the sights of Gibraltar and sped away to Spain

What better in-flight reading on a day trip to Gibraltar than Spanish in a Day by Michael M Gruneberg? 'Overcome that 'feeling of isolation' when travelling abroad,' advises the slim volume. Using the 'Linkword' system, you learn that the Spanish for bed is cama by imagining a 'camel lying on your bed', and that bathing trunks is banador by imagining you 'bang the door with your bathing trunks'.

Britons held

THREE Britons were being held by Spanish police after nearly 1.5 tons of hashish was seized in Marbella, the Foreign Office said. The three, all in their forties, are Dorothy Elizabeth Maggs, David John Powell and Peter Cole McIlroy.

Gonzalez party rocked in local poll

The Socialist Party (PSOE) of Spain's Prime Minister, Felipe Gonzalez, defeated in yesterday's European parliamentary election, suffered an equally dramatic setback in key regional elections in his native Andalucia, long a Socialist stronghold.

The European Elections: Costa del Sol's expats keep low profile: Phil Davison in Marbella finds Spain's foreign residents are reluctant to engage in the machinery of Euro-voting

Only 7 per cent of Britons resident in Marbella and along the Costa del Sol have registered to vote on Sunday for Spanish candidates to the European Parliament. It is the first chance for Britons to vote in Spain but the statistics suggest few care enough, or that many prefer to keep a low profile when it comes to official bureaucracy.

Athletics : Malaga malaise for Haringey

Haringey, runners-up two years ago, were sixth, 15 points behind Spanish leaders Larios, after the first day of the European Clubs' Cup in Malaga. They recorded two victories, but also a number of seventh and eighth finishes. Tony Jarrett, impressive in his first international of the summer, won the sprint hurdle in 13.53sec despite not training for more than a month because of a toe injury. Dalton Grant, who has had hamstring trouble, took the high jump at 2.27m.
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