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The Weasel

While Mrs W is occupied with accumulating a haul of brinjal pickle and mint chutney, I strive to insinuate some rather more esoteric items into our basket

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Baroness Chalker quits Conservative front bench

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Cissy's sensitive sleuth

RAYMOND CHANDLER: A Biography by Tom Hiney, Chatto pounds 16.99

Classical & Opera: Yuri Temirkanov conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben at Leeds Town Hall, tonight at 7.30pm, and at London's Royal Albert Hall, tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Music tends to be the least autobiographical of all the arts. The opening motif of Beethoven's 5th Symphony is said to represent the fate of his encroaching deafness but whatever the initial source of inspiration, an abstract symphonic argument still ensues. Not so, however, for Richard Strauss in his opulent tone poem Ein Heldenleben or A Hero's Life, in which the vividly drawn and larger-than-life hero would seem to be the composer himself.

Assisted places at risk after scheme frozen

Hundreds of new assisted places in private preparatory schools could be thrown into jeopardy because of a civil service freeze on processing them during the election period, independent schools warned yesterday.

Boxing : No stopping Akinwande

HENRY AKINWANDE produced a performance here last night that demands he be taken serious as a heavyweight. Anyone who does not believe in the Dulwich-born fighter's credentials should ask Scott Welch who lost every round on his way to a comprehensive beating.

Letter: Move on, King Richard I

Sir: As a class we have been studying King Richard I and the Crusades. We feel that the public have been misled for generations into believing that he was a hero. People even went so far as to erect a fine equestrian statue of him in front of the Houses of Parliament.

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I spent the other weekend at a house party in rural Nottinghamshire: heartbreakingly beautiful women, wet dogs, badminton lawns, wines that enfolded you in a soft embrace, east wing, west wing, Scarlatti on the spinet, mauve cocktail cigarettes, shiny mahogany commode in the 14th bedroom and scrambled eggs a la Escoffier in the silver chafing dish. It was bliss in a specifically English way. And over the two-and-a-half days I turned into a psychopath.

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