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Cliff Morgan, who died last week, will live long in the memory for his eloquence and principles

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Government officials overpaid a school by pounds 400,000 because of a clerical error in the calculation of its budget last year.

Sold by the bell

Cluttons also reports strong interest in an unmodernised house on Earls Court Road that has been in the same family for 76 years. There is nothing like a famous name to excite curiosity and 3 Smiths Square, SW1, has an impressive pedigree. The Georgian five-bedroom house has been put on the market by Lord Rees-Mogg, but its location within earshot of the Division Bell no doubt appealed to a former owner, Rab Butler MP. The property is on offer for pounds 850,000.

Innocent, but never unknowing: At 45, Billy Joel can still get them dancing in the aisles. Giles Smith saw him do the hokey-cokey at Earls Court

Billy Joel arrived on stage up a small staircase to the rear, picked out in spotlights, a small guy in a baggy grey suit with his hands in his pockets, all hunched over, pursing his lips and raising one eyebrow at the audience, more like a comic than a singer. His grand piano arrived two songs later, rising through a circular hole in the floor in the manner made famous by old cinema organs. It was hard to know which entry received the noisiest welcome (both preceded cacophonies), but it's possible the piano just shaded it.

999 woman 'critical'

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COMEDY: Recorded delivery: Claire Dowie's theatre explores the grim reality of childbirth. Tom Morris meets the self-styled thinking dyke's dyke

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Diary: 14-20 March

Monday 14: Commonwealth Day.

Porn club death toll increases to nine

A NINTH victim of the arson attack at a pornographic film club in London died yesterday, as detectives continued to question a suspect about the incident.

Boxing: Wharton ill-equipped to get Duff off the hook: Nigel Benn ready to go the distance and retain his WBC super-middleweight title at Earls Court tonight. Ken Jones reports

THERE are people in boxing who believe tonight's contest between Nigel Benn and Henry Wharton for the World Boxing Council super- middleweight title at Earls Court will be a beginning for one man and the end for another. Predictably, Mickey Duff is among them.

How We Met: Simon Rattle and Imogen Cooper

Simon Rattle, the conductor, was born in Liverpool in 1955. He is music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; he also works in London and at Glyndebourne. He is married to singer Elise Ross; they have two children.

Boxing: Jacobs moves nearer fight for world title

GARY JACOBS, the European welterweight champion, improved his chances of meeting the World Boxing Council champion, Pernell Whitaker, when he made a second successful defence of his title at the Palais Des Sports in Paris on Tuesday night.

Team of a thousand lays on intimate dinner for 5,400

SEASON 370 gallons of consomme with 150 bunches of coriander and 70lbs of ginger. Add a (generous) pinch of salt and 20,000 chicken quenelles. Then take 1.4 tons of Scotch fillet beef, 180lbs of fresh garlic cloves, 280lbs of shallots and wild mushrooms to garnish. Marinate dinner guests in 6,000 bottles of wine and 4,000 bottles of champagne. Recipe serves 5,400.

Heart Searching: Down Under comes out on top: Is it all Neighbours, tinnies and barbies? Adele Gautier weighs up the pros and cons of having a relationship with an Antipodean partner

Every year, seduced by the thought of having their inlaws 12,000 miles away and the possibility of a life in the sun, hundreds of Britons marry some of the 200,000-plus Australians and New Zealanders living in the UK.

Major urged to sack Yeo following affair: Leading Tory backbencher warns Downing Street of damage from sex scandal. Colin Brown reports

THE PRIME Minister was warned yesterday by a senior Tory backbench MP that he was being undermined by Tim Yeo, the minister who admitted having an illegitimate child, and should sack him.

Red Arrows may be axed

The RAF's Red Arrows aerobatics team may be axed because of defence budget cuts, defence sources confirmed yesterday. Also under threat are the Parachute Regiment's Red Devils parachute display team and the Royal Tournament, the annual military extravaganza held at Earls Court in London.

BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 most visited Youth Hostels

----------------------------------------------------------------- TOP 10 MOST VISITED YOUTH HOSTELS ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Holland House (London). . . . .43,329 2 Earls Court (London). . . . . .41,303 3 Rotherhithe (London). . . . . .41,222 4 Hampstead Heath (London). . . .39,705 5 York. . . . . . . . . . . . . .39,067 6 Ambleside (Lake District). . . 37,984 7 City of London. . . . . . . . .35,525 8 Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . .31,244 9 Stratford. . . . . . . . . . . 28,932 10 Cambridge. . . . . . . . . . .25,886 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Figures show number of nights spent at each hostel 1992, YHA -----------------------------------------------------------------
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