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Sir: As a regular visitor to London's principal galleries and museums, I have some sympathy for the management of the Dulwich Picture Gallery who are wrestling with their financial problems ('Oldest public gallery appeals for help', 8 January).

Oldest public gallery appeals for help

ThE director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Britain's oldest public art museum, yesterday appealed to the Government to help prevent its closure. The gallery contains the nation's third most important store of Old Master paintings, after those in the Royal Collection and National Gallery.

Hockey: Double delight for Sixsmith

JANE SIXSMITH'S delight on Monday at becoming the first hockey player to feature in the Sports Writers' Personality of the Year awards was increased yesterday at the draw for the fourth round of the AEWHA Cup. She finished third behind Sally Gunnell and Laura Davis for the Sportswomen of the Year title, and in the Cup, the team she captains, First Personnel Sutton Coldfield, have drawn Second Division opposition in the form of Bracknell.

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JANE SWINNERTON, the former Great Britain and England striker, spoilt the dreams of outsiders Harrow by scoring nine times as the European Cup-Winners' Cup holders, First Personnel Sutton Coldfield, trounced the Middlesex club 15-0 in the third round of the All England Women's Hockey Association Cup yesterday, writes Bill Colwill.

BOOK REVIEW / Trouble with talking about his generation: 'The Conclave' - Michael Bracewell: Secker, 8.99

WHY IS there no British equivalent of the American brat pack? The answer can be found just a few pages into this, Michael Bracewell's second stab at superior twentysomething soap. On page 14, Martin, a young aesthete of the London suburbs, gazing at his girlfriend, is described as being 'disturbed by the call of her nakedness'. But then the po-face does an about-face and on page 43 they 'snog'. Without the hard-edged bark of American vernacular, English brat-pack fiction lacks an authentically youthful idiolect. This may explain why it also lacks, other than Bracewell, any exponents.

State cash 'propping up independent schools'

SOME independent schools are surviving the recession on state subsidies, Stephen Byers, Labour MP for Wallsend, said yesterday, writes Donald MacLeod.

Closure of family planning clinics proposed

CUTS IN family planning services are being proposed in a London district where the teenage pregnancy rate is nearly twice the national average.

PROPERTY / Doubtful deeds: Jonathan Sale warns buyers to read the small print

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