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Review: Living in a bottle

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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

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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

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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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