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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

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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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