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HE WAS a nice man. A very very nice man. And he was telling me all about the investment which had turned his family business into one of the country's leading leisure resorts.

Vaux dream turns into a nightmare

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ANDREW MORRIS is a happy man. He is the managing director of the Business Design Centre in Islington, which is owned by his family business. He is also the founder of the London Contemporary Art Fair, which kicked off its tenth annual exhibition this week.

Hollywood is providing the lines but not the substance

WARREN BEATTY'S new satirical comedy about American political life, Bulworth, begins with a scene in which a senator listens to his campaigncommercials, all of which begin with the same vacuous invocation of moment. "We stand at the doorstep of a new millennium," he declares, before identifying the native virtues of the American people: instinctively hostile to welfare handouts, naturally enterprising and self-reliant.

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Three UK companies snap up German firms after tax change

THREE SEPARATE UK companies announced the acquisition of family businesses in Germany yesterday.

Outlook: Tarmac/Aggregate

SIR NEVILLE SIMMS, chairman of Tarmac, is being accused of letting ego get in the way of the creation of shareholder value. Merger talks with Aggregate Industries broke down earlier this week amid bitter disagreement over just who was going to be in charge - Sir Neville, or the head of Aggregate, Peter Tom.

'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is'

IT BEGAN as the French television evening news and ended like a vulgar parody of King Lear, Act One, Scene One. Lear to Cordelia: "Mend your speech a little/Lest you may mar your fortunes." Or as Jean-Marie Le Pen put it: "I know all about family treachery. My daughter is linked with a leader of the sedition."

When ants, noise and no view are better than bunk beds

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Thursday Book: The philosopher's philosopher

WITHIN REASON: A LIFE OF SPINOZA BY MARGARET GULLAN-WHUR, JONATHAN CAPE, pounds 20

Theatre: Time is of the essence

Why leave time travel to Doctor Who and Nicholas Lyndhurst? Playwrights have been doing it for years.

Arts: Reading between some very fine lines

Three poets, with three very different styles, together add up to a night of warm lyrical excellence.

Dame Shirley moves pounds 70m out of Britain

BARONESS PORTER has moved a personal fortune estimated at pounds 70m from Britain into offshore accounts to avoid paying a pounds 26.5m court surcharge for "wilful misconduct" in the "homes for votes" scandal at Westminster City Council.

Obituary: Richard Denning

ONCE DESCRIBED as having "one of the most photogenically perfect male faces in movies", the affable and athletic, blond and blue-eyed Richard Denning was never a major Hollywood star but was popular as a likeable second-league player in the late Thirties. He had one major starring role - with Dorothy Lamour in Beyond The Blue Horizon - prior to war service, after which he starred in B thrillers and westerns (he was married to one of the great B-movie heroines, Evelyn Ankers).
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