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Words: jib, n.

AT LEAST the second builder turned up to give an estimate but immediately asked, "Insurance job, is it?" He was oblivious to the fact that such tacit jacking up of the price increases premiums for everybody. He will not get the work, but as a result I duly wondered about the cut of one's jib.

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Hacienda Cusin, Ecuador

Torquay: the horrible truth

An ordinary street corner in Devon? Look again. TV sitcom locations are everywhere in London.

Film: Money can't buy you braininess

The Thomas Crown Affair (15)

Is this the best TV ever?

When viewers and executives selected historic television, Ken and Deirdre were in, but 'Jewel in the Crown' was out

Wet weather and sticky lino to blame for tourist-free Scotland

YESTERDAY IN the Highland village of Laggan Bridge, not far from Loch Ness and Ben Nevis, Linda Whitty counted the cost of the crisis in Scottish tourism.

Barcelona Welcomes You

Manuel, the bumbling waiter in Fawlty Towers, is from Barcelona. We know this, you will recall, on the strength of a remark Basil Fawlty made in an episode of the Seventies television series. Seeking to elicit the understanding of a client who had fallen foul of Manuel's customary buffoonery, the John Cleese character apologises with a what-else-can- you-expect commentary on his employee's city of birth.

THE CRITICS: COMEDY: Sons of the son of Steptoe

Channel 4 Sitcom Festival Riverside Studios, London

Comedy: Situation vacant


Named: Top comedy scenes of all time

CAPTAIN MAINWARING'S encounter with a sneering German officer in the classic comedy Dad's Army has been voted the funniest moment of all time by readers of a television magazine.

Words: gaga, n., v. and adj.

NO SOONER had Stephen Crook, the Nabokov scholar, escaped Heathrow than his first port of call was the bar-parlour of the Angler's Rest, where he described Ralph Fiennes's visit to the Nabokov exhibition at the New York Public Library. "He'd been flogging his Pushkin movie. I didn't see him but word of his presence spread through the staff grapevine and there was a lot of gaga in the exhibition hall. That's New York insouciance for you."

Stately vowels of England lost

PRUNELLA SCALES, the actress who played the long-suffering but well-spoken Sybil Fawlty in the television comedy classic Fawlty Towers, is spearheading a national project to remind Britain how to talk "posh".

Profile John Cleese: Not as funny as he looks

He is laughing all the way to Friday's Comic Relief festivities. But are we?

Television: Inside The Tube

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Open Eye: Time to speak up for summer schools

Despite anything that has appeared in the popular prints, the OU has no plans to phase out residential schools. They are and will continue to be a major part of the Open University experience for many students. Each year some new courses opt for residential schools, and others decide to concentrate on other approaches - as in the case of the new introductory social science course, DD100
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine