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Books: Getting to know all about Mew

HIS ARMS ARE FULL OF BROKEN THINGS by P B Parris, Viking pounds 16

The Silures are coming!

Strolling around the Glastonbury lake village, admiring the Iron Age dwellings, don't be alarmed if you come face to face with a few Celtic warriors sharpening their swords, turning knife handles on foot-driven lathes or even going into battle around reed-thatched roundhouses.

Letter: Bridleway rage

Bridleway rage

Hot-foot it to a state of blissful confidence

UK OUTDOORS: You don't have to be in a state of religious ecstasy to walk on hot coals. You can learn in an afternoon, says Rupert Isaacson

Letter: Orwellian vision

Sir: With reference to the article on pigs acting as donors for transplant surgery (report, 17 December), I refer you to the end of George Orwell's Animal Farm: "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which."

Master of mirth and meatloaf

Unlike the hapless hero of his `Groundhog Day', life just hasn't repeated itself for Harold Ramis, until now. Victoria McKee meets Mr Multiplici ty

Monks' sin over 'false' tonic wine

The makers of the famous Benedictine Buckfast Wine have been fined pounds 3,000 after they admitted that some of their brew was not made by monks.

Brief Letters

Letters

Hendry named Player of the Year

Snooker

'Isn't that Richard Madeley? I thought he was meant to be interviewing OJ Simpson at this very moment...'

If you want to get ahead, publish a diary. With the book-party season in full swing, that seems to be the lesson for thespian and rockular celebrities around town. There's no reason any more to write a real book; just download those mildly pointless encounters with your agent/co-star/American fan/wife/amusingly ordinary neighbour, add some easy-to-write notes about what you had for breakfast and Robert's your avuncular relation.

LETTER : Bug-winner

Sir: I would like to award 10 out of 10 for effort to Dr David Winterbourne for his suggestion to beat the Millennium Bug (Letters, 20 April). Although his solution might work in a number of cases, there is a lot of software in use for which the original programming language code no longer exists. In these situations, it would be impossible to add his bug-fix to the software.

Rough for Diamonds

Non-League notebook:

Threat to Prince's village

The Prince of Wales's dream village will lose its unique rustic identity if bureaucrats in a neighbouring town get their way. Councillors in Dorchester, Dorset, want to extend their town's boundaries to swallow up the Prince's pounds 22m Poundbury development.

LETTER : Managing NHS

Sir: Your correspondent Dr A M Hulme (Letters, 19 March) might do well to inquire about the training of those who carry the responsibility of managing at the sharp end of the NHS.

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