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`Hello darling, I'm on the train'

I HAVE just bought something I said I never would. I said the same about a computer. Still haven't got one, managing with my cheapo Amstrad PCW 9512, now an antique, on which I have shifted a million words. The machine is an antique, not the words. They are always new. Or newish, or newishly arranged.

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The cool head of a hot striker is keeping Manchester United's feet on the ground.

Witness: The English in Scotland - Crossing the borderline

WE'RE IN Smithie's pub, in Edinburgh's elegant Georgian Newtown, watching Manchester United beat Juventus. The beers are unfamiliar - Deuchars, Caledonian and McEwan's 80/-. Not a pint of Speckled Hen to be had. But around the table everyone is English. There is even a motif of St George's flag on a mirror nearby, albeit alongside the blue of the St Andrew's flag.

Football: Restored Stam would be deserved Player of Year

THOSE OF us who can remember a time before awards became a prominent feature of the sports agenda are intrigued by a knotty problem that recently arose for officers of the Football Writers' Association.

Football: Hamstrung Brown calls for continental cutback

THE TWO outrageously dressed members of the Tartan Army who cavorted outside Celtic Park on stilts last Wednesday as supporters squeezed the last drop of sunshine out of a blissful Glasgow spring day before the match with the Czech Republic, provided the inescapable omen for Craig Brown: no one can stay up there forever, and eventually it is better to take the fall.

Football: United revitalised by break

IT SAYS something about the acquisitiveness of Manchester United that they can stop playing for a fortnight and still win honours. Alex Ferguson was awarded the freedom of Aberdeen last week while Dwight Yorke got the keys of Port of Spain on a trip to Trinidad and Tobago which prompts the question what will they achieve when they make it to the pitch.

Sport on TV: Bland ambitions of the boys with everything

David Beckham does not give many interviews these days, but he gave one to Alan Hansen in Football Millionaires (BBC1). It was not difficult to see why, because what Hansen gave Beckham in return was something akin to David Puttnam's party political broadcast for Labour about a decade ago, the one which tried to shift the public image of Neil Kinnock from dull windbag to visionary statesman in one hit.

Basketball: Giants chase record crowd

MANCHESTER GIANTS risk tempting fate tonight when they face London Towers at the MEN Arena and bid to break the attendance records for a basketball game in the United Kingdom. The first target for the Budweiser League leaders is the 10,001 recorded in the Guinness Book of Records who saw Birmingham Bullets beat Sheffield Sharks 100-88 in March 1997.

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Nick Townsend says Wembley remains a coveted goal for high flyers
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