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The completion of a pounds 1-million refurbishment of the Chamber of Horrors provided Mrs W and me with an excuse to play tourist for the day and visit Madame Tussaud's. Such is the lure of celebrity, even in replica form, that at peak times about 20,000 people a day are attracted to this peculiar institution. Having had the foresight to book tickets in advance, we missed the pleasure of queuing for around one-and-a-half hours on the hamburger-scented pavement of Marylebone Road. Since most visitors were from the Continent, it is hard to imagine what they made of the first waxwork we met on emerging from the long, claustrophobic staircase. There he is, dropping a tray of drinks, his Latin features contorted in panic - Manuel from Fawlty Towers. But this xenophobic caricature is balanced by two adjacent figures who, in their own ways, sum up much about modern Britain: Arthur Scargill and Terry Venables. Nearby, in a tableau of striking incongruence, Lester Piggott glares up at Grace Jones. Though more or less mystified, the visitors dutifully produced video recorders in order to capture any movement by the tallow celebs.

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OBITUARY:Jacobo Majluta

Jacobo Majluta was one of the generation of politicians in the Dominican Republic whose ambition was continually thwarted by the country's labyrinthine power struggles and explosive sectarianism. He was elected Vice-President in 1978 and served as President for 42 days in 1982, replacing the disgraced Antonio Guzmn who had committed suicide, but he never again held the highest office which he so openly craved.

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