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Bill Clements: Oilman and politician who broke the Democrat

The truly distinguishing feature of Bill Clements was not his outsize Texas personality – complete with a rags-to-riches ascent from oil-patch roughnecker to powerhouse industrialist, a straight-shooting and often acerbic style, and a blithe indifference to what lesser men might consider gaffes. It was that he transformed the politics of the second most populous state in the union, eclipsed today in presidential electoral votes only by California.

DIY for dummies

New classes for the DIY illiterate are bringing back those long forgotten skills, says Annie Deakin