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Football: Howard Wilkinson: Words from a previous incarnation

1995 If I am ever reincarnated, I'd like to return as a personality

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Football: FA sends out right message

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The film star is a footballer for one night. By John Lichfield

Literature: The existential game

Next time someone asks you to sum up England's chances, you could always hit them with a haiku - "High expectations/ And low quality defence / Bad combination". Don't thank me, thank Pele's World Cup Poetry Workshop website, which has a neat 17-syllable line on each of the teams taking part this year. Concision in football writing is greatly to be valued these days - the body of work being sprung on us by publishers this summer has the bloated appearance of a gone-to-seed striker.

Review: Living in a bottle

Arab Strap / Electric Sound Of Joy

An Eye On... social affairs

Birth and death: A 32-year-old woman has been arrested in Paligunj, India, for killing a neighbour's daughter after a village sorcerer told her she could become pregnant if she sacrificed someone else's child. Police were searching for the sorcerer who advised the woman to sacrifice a child on the evening of a lunar eclipse.

Move to trademark Diana

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund has moved to register a Diana logo and the name Diana, Princess of Wales, as trademarks in the United States and Europe to stop the sale of merchandise that uses her image a memory. Yet ironically similar trademark protection may not be possible in the United Kingdom. Under British law it is not possible to claim possession of a face or a name. In the US it is possible for celebrities to regulate the use of their image.

Football: United seek Cantona deal

Eric Cantona and Manchester United are in talks over a final pay- off demand, reported to be as high as pounds 750,000, to reward him for money made on replica shirts bearing his name.

Une maison please

After months of disappointment in the London property market, I have decided to try my luck elsewhere. I am off to France to see what our Continental partners have to offer.

Letter: Ooh aah ...

Sir: The reports about Eric Cantona and his desire to register as a trademark the "Ooh Aah..." chant have shown up a great deal of ignorance of the origin of this chant. In the mid 1980s Irish football fans coined the chant "Ooh aah, Paul McGrath" and it was frequently heard at Lansdowne Road during Irish home games. If anyone has the right to this chant it is Paul McGrath. Incidentally, it's a handy way of learning to pronounce his surname properly.

Ooh aah, what a cruel hoax

A telephone caller who made a hoax bid to a radio auction for Eric Cantona's last Manchester United shirt almost cost a young footballer who was forced out of the game more than pounds 15,000. The caller joined in a radio auction for the signed number seven shirt as thousands of bids flooded in for the souvenir.

Cantona's shirt fetches pounds 15,000

The last Manchester United shirt to be worn by Eric Cantona fetched more than pounds 15,000 last night in an on-the-air radio auction.
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