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Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”

Victorious party leader attempts to find Prime Minister

Turkish elections landslide triumph for pro-Islamists deals blow to secular establishment and worries Western governments

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Leading Article: Potent folklore

THERE'S SOMETHING potent in the colour blue. Hippies in the Sixties discovered that ingesting ground-up "heavenly blue" morning glory seeds could give them an LSD-type high; now scientists at the British Association's Festival of Science at Sheffield are reporting that bluebells may provide a cure for tuberculosis. Welsh monks in the 13th century knew about the medicinal properties of bluebells, too, but they used them for treating leprosy.

Golf: The Open - Rivals united in fairway folklore

Ronald Atkin visits the golfing homes of two Carnoustie heroes; ...meanwhile at neighbouring clubhouses in Dorset the members cannot take their eyes off the coverage

Football: That was the weekend that was: Seen and heard

ALL OF A BLUR "God knows what happened next. I seemed to be on the floor under about 2,000 people" - Jimmy Glass, Carlisle's heroic goalkeeper, tries to remember the moment when he entered football folklore.

Football: Le Tissier's new footnote in folklore

Talisman for all seasons leaves the Selhurst bench to keep Saints' survival hopes alive and kicking; RONALD ATKIN AT SELHURST PARK Wimbledon 0 Southampton 2 Beattie 72, Kachloul 84 Half-time: 0-0 Attendance: 34,822

Letter: Lost in space

Sir: Adrian Berry doesn't remember his folklore very well when he says that during his 20-year nap Rip Van Winkle aged only one night (Astronautical Notes, 8 April). When he came down from his mountain Rip had a long white beard and, as Special Relativity predicts, was 20 years older.

Snooker: Taylor considers future

DENNIS TAYLOR will consider his future in the game after crashing out of this year's Embassy World Championships in the seventh qualifying round at Telford.

Obituary: Gershon Legman

GERSHON LEGMAN'S best-known work was a two-volume study of erotic humour, The Rationale of the Dirty Joke, published in 1968, and No Laughing Matter, which followed in 1975. Less well- known was his 1955 exhibition of Japanese origami paperfolding at the Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam. At the time of his death last month on the French Riviera, he left behind an uncompleted two-million-word autobiography.

Racing: Riders locked in folklore

Cheltenham Festival: The ground is common as Johnson and Thornton follow each other's fortunes

Comment: Spirit of the Age: A post-modern witch's brew

THERE WAS a time when we really did think it was all about broomsticks and black hats. Today, of course, we are all supposed to know better. But Phyllis W Curott, as well as being a witch, is an anti-discrimination lawyer from Manhattan and therefore not used to taking anything for granted. She has, consequently, prepared a list of obvious questions (and their answers) to be given to ignorant journalists before they interview her.

Open Eye: Ignore the folklore: what do the residents of Milton Keynes think about living there?

If Tony Blair was a place, he'd be Milton Keynes - a statement from an Independent article in 1996 speaking volumes about the popular image of Milton Keynes, which has entered modern folklore as the ultimate symbol of the 'soulless city'. And perhaps quite a bit about the Prime Minister, too.
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