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As Kiev starts to shiver, Arsenal are sure of a warm welcome.

Letter: Justice of the Kiev equaliser

Sir: It was good to see Dynamo Kiev get a late equaliser against Arsenal - they had been denied a good goal just before Bergkamp scored. Such injustice is not often rectified. At least 50 per cent of offside decisions are wrong. How infuriating to see a technicality invoked overzealously. Of all the game's problems, this is one that could be put right.

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Kiev Diary: When dining out becomes a weighty issue

I AM suffering from an obsession with weight which arises every time I go out to eat. I am not talking about any hang-up of my own in this department which, though entirely justified, has failed to take root. In the former Soviet Union, restaurant proprietors, rather than the clients, count every gramme. This practice particularly struck me in a small establishment in Kiev, the charmingly faded capital of Ukraine. Every item on the menu had its weight written next to it in large letters.

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