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Year of the donkey

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Ass you like it

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IT IS beyond comprehension that the Tories should have sacked Shaun Woodward (Witney) as their spokesman for London because of his sensible refusal to defend the infamous Clause 28, the law that prevents councils or schools from "promoting" homosexuality. The discourteous manner by which he was fired by a pager message is even more disgraceful.

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Seventy-five years in a row for Mablethorpe's most loyal fan

MABLETHORPE HAS its attractions. Last night, it was Seventies pop group the Grumbleweeds, come to switch on the illuminations. It has a beach train, donkeys, and a baked-potato bar. Last year, it had Mr Blobby. But none of these quite explains the passion of Fred Offiler, who this year will visit the Lincolnshire seaside town for the 75th year running.
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