The end is nigh for 'separate development' : The dustbin of history beckons for the 'homelands', writes John Carlin

CAPE TOWN - Apartheid's most absurd, costly and pernicious enterprise looks set for the dustbin of history after the disclosure of South African government plans to terminate a system, the black 'homelands', about which it is impossible to write without constant recourse to ironic inverted commas.

BOOK REVIEW / Small helpings of cold Rabbit: Memories of the Ford administration by John Updike, Hamish Hamilton pounds 15.99

AFTER U and I, Vlad i mir. For years Nabokov has prowled through Updike's work like a bear in the yard, occasionally knocking over the garbage cans. The fact that the Russian cited Updike as one of the two living writers he was prepared to admit admiring (Alain Robbe-Grillet being the other) no doubt contributed to the younger man's tolerance of his awesome presence, but there comes a time when a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Now 60, Updike has decided to have it out with the intruder.

Ministers suppress N-waste warning

MINISTERS have suppressed a report warning that Britain may have to bury hundreds of tons of plutonium-contaminated waste from Germany and Japan when Sellafield's new reprocessing plant starts operating.

Coales' Notes: Taking art to the streets

MONDAY: I have hardly dared go out all weekend. Dave Curley called, still convinced that an underground arts festival is under way. I said to him: 'Now look, Mr Curley - please believe me when I assure you that there is no art anywhere in this city. It's actually the situation that you, as arts correspondent of the Herald, have been trying to bring about for 10 years. And now your dream's come true. So why can't you just be grateful?' He said: 'You may say that, Gordon. But it's not what it says in my article.'

Why is this man so interested in my dustbin?: Chris Blackhurst lifts the lid on how far private investigators were prepared to go to track down leaks of information

Scotland Yard's international and organised crime branch is now investigating exactly who authorised Operation Covent Garden, British Airways' strange attempt to uncover who was supplying Richard Branson with inside information.

BOOK REVIEW / Back to the dustbin: The Good Old Cause - Willie Thompson: Pluto Press, pounds 12.95

IN NOVEMBER 1991 a majority of the delegates to the 43rd congress of the Communist Party of Great Britain voted to dump the organisation in what Marx called 'the dustbin of history'. It was a sorry end to the only party to have been created on the direct instruction of Lenin himself.

Why everybody needs opera when they're down and out

THE HYPE has done its work, the hype has made me suspend my normal faculties. For a couple of minutes, at least. I'm looking at the stage, at the extravagant set, the 30-foot painted backdrop, the guy with long hair belting out the lyrics, making absurd stagey gestures, and I don't immediately come to my senses and think: this is awful. No, I'm thinking: give it a chance. It's good. It's good, for God's sake, everybody says it's good; in a couple of minutes I'll see the point.

Boxed in by rubbish

EVERY Friday my three-year-old appears by my bed at the crack of dawn. 'Get up,' she commands. 'Time to smash bottles.'

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Greenpeace awaits the PCB ship

LE HAVRE (AFP) - A score of militants from the environmental group Greenpeace awaited the return here of a vessel believed loaded with Australian toxic waste for incineration in France. The 18 tons of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) have been dodging the Greenpeace team since last Saturday, when the Maria Laura was scheduled to be unloaded here.

Cemetery bomb

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Letter: The problem of Europe's overflowing dustbin

Sir: Your leading article today ('Even unto the yoghurt pot') refers to the packaging we discard as a 'monument to the throwaway society'. Alas, the draft EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste, approved by the European Commission yesterday, will do very little to shrink that monument.
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