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Conservative Coalition brings an end to six years of Labor rule

ARTS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Cecil Rhodes was the 'Colossus of Africa', a man after whom two countries were named. Now he's regarded as little more than a monster. So why is the BBC spending pounds 9m on an epic new drama about him? Antonia Feuchtwanger reports

site unseen : Netteswell House, Bishop's Stortford

In the past, muscular Christianity required clergymen to be of a suitably imposing stature so that their physique, if not their oratory, could win converts. Even today, size alone can often guarantee a hearing (Dr Paisley, for instance).

Time is of the essence for Smith

Cricket

Son of Zeus and Hermes too : LETTER

I WAS very interested to read Tom Paulin's Masterclass (Sunday Review, 12 February) in which Poussin's magnificent Blind Orion Searching for the Rising Sun was appraised. I would like to correct one detail pertaining to the Great Hunter's parentage. Poseidon (Neptune) was only one-third Orion's father, the other two being Zeus and Hermes. The three of them urinated on an ox-hide that was buried for nine months whereby the baby Urion (later Orion) was produced. He was blinded by King Oenopion of Cos for making love to the King's daughter. As a son of Poseidon he was able to walk on water and made his way to Lemnos where he engaged the boy Cedalion who guided him to the sunrise that restored his vision.

My Biggest Mistake: Paul Rhodes

THERE was a day in September 1978, when I thought that my greatest mistake was deciding to change my career and take up the law. The mistake I made that day was one that taught me a great deal.

Leaving soon . . .

Lunn Poly (0203 225888): 7 September, Gatwick-Rhodes, 14 nights B&B, pounds 269; 8 September, Gatwick-Majorca, 7 nights half-board, pounds 229.

How We Met: Janet Street-Porter and Zandra Rhodes

Janet Street-Porter, 47, started to train as an architect in 1965, but went into journalism after a year. She has worked in television since 1975; most recently as head of BBC youth programmes and, now, as the BBC's head of independent entertainment productions. Thrice divorced, she lives in London.

Travel Bookshelf: Departures

THE latest batch of Cadogan Guides includes a trilogy by Dana Facaros on groups of Greek islands: the Ionian ( pounds 7.99), the Dodecanese ( pounds 7.99) and the Cyclades ( pounds 8.99). Each guide is well produced and researched, but you may be miffed if you buy more than one: the first 100 pages or so of each are virtually identical.

City church finds 'lost' gargoyles

Ancient decorative gargoyles which were hidden under a layer of grime for 450 years, have been discovered on the roof of one of the City's oldest churches.

Rhodes reinforced

Athens - The government sent 100 members of a crack police unit to Rhodes yesterday after three bomb attacks this week in which eight Greeks and foreigners were hurt. AFP

Letter: A little something for Rhodes scholars

Sir: Your comments on Bath Council's dilemma over the choice of street names ('Street name stirs up social unrest', 15 June) reminds me of a recent visit to Rhodes, where there is a street bearing the name E. Bevin in Greek and English.

Ben hopes dashed

Hopes that Greek police were close to tracing the missing child Ben Needham, who disappeared from the island of Kos in 1991, have been dashed. Police have called off inquiries into a claim Ben was living in Salonika with a man called Nikos.

Hunt for Ben hits a raw Greek nerve

FRAMED by a Greek flag and a reproduction of a holy icon, Efstratios Kiriakakis, the security police chief in the Greek town of Katerini, looks rumpled and downcast.

Cricket: Rhodes scholar of long innings: New Zealand battle to avoid follow-on

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New lead in search for missing boy

POLICE believe they have made a major breakthrough in the hunt for Ben Needham, the Sheffield boy who disappeared three years ago from the Greek island of Kos.
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