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Motor Racing: Slim pickings in truck paradise: Rob Steen reports from Brands Hatch on the British Truck Grand Prix qualifiers

JUDGING by the plethora of stetsons and CB radio types milling around, you half expected to bump into Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette at Brands Hatch yesterday. Officially, the reason for the gathering was the qualifying rounds for the British Truck Grand Prix. The atmosphere, though, was more redolent of a Country 'n' Western festival, Americana incarnate. A gleaming red Peterbilt truck - complete with obligatory Dixie flag - was the main focus of attention on the concourse. The Grand Marshall, moreover, was none other than that C W McCall of Coronation Street, John St Ryan, aka Bet Gilroy's boyfriend Charlie Whelan. It seemed only right and proper that one of the races should have been won by a chap named Slim.

ROCK / A taste of rock-beast behaviour a la Mode

THE NATIONAL Sports Centre in Crystal Palace is an outdoor music venue that is under-used. Not just because the crowd gets to touch (well, through a plastic sheet) the hallowed gravel where Donna Hartley and David Coleman have trod; it's also the approach routes. You sweep up and down grassy slopes and modernist walkways and the stadium squats in the valley beneath like a huge beetle preparing to scuttle off. Depeche Mode, the new-town dream made flesh, can only flourish here.

Look me in the breasts and say that: A change in shape took Emily Prager into a world that was both repulsive and attractive, as this article from the latest issue of Esquire reveals

SEVERAL years ago, a doctor prescribed some pills for me that had the interesting, temporary side-effect of making my breasts grow to twice their normal size. As I have always had breasts that were classified as the 'mouthful' or 'handful' type, this unforeseen development did not suddenly present me with 'gigantic hooters', but it did mean that my breasts had, for the first time, become noticeable, and that was quite new for me.

ROCK / Camp without the kicks

THIS WHOLE pop music thing has been a terrible mistake. Classical is best. Nigel Kennedy is a lovable rogue. The strident harmonies and frantic kitsch of

REVIEW / Uppers and downers: Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Victoria Palace

When Lucinda Williams was given the job of opening the show for her fellow country / folk act, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, she might have expected a little support herself, from the audience. No way. At 4.30 on Sunday afternoon the shy, gangly 40-year-old found herself entertaining a full house of British 'enthusiasts', ranked in their red velvet seats like so many of those inflatable passengers which American car drivers use to dodge the demands of the car-pool. In this atmosphere, the beautiful, pained tone of her recent release Sweet Old World, nasal yet rich in tremelo a la Dolly Parton, deserted her voice and after her half hour she slunk off to polite applause.

Obituary: Larrie Londin

Ralph Gallant (Larrie Londin), drummer, born 1944, died Nashville Tennessee 31 August 1992.
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