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Sport Garry Monk and Chico Flores were involved in a training ground bust-up last week, the club have confirmed

A member of the public was believed to have rung the police who felt that no further action was required

Words: cicisbeo, n.

IN OUR era of fluid liaison, the cicisbeo is scarce. First used by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in writing from Genoa on 28 August 1718 (the OED uses a bad text; in fact she spelt it "Tetis beys") that cicisbeo had much improved Italian women.

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A good idea from ... Stendhal

UNHAPPY love affairs force even the most unreflective people to start thinking. It seems impossible not to write at least a few lines of poetry or a diary after one's heart has been broken. The French novelist Stendhal (1783-1842) observed that he would never have taken up his pen if, at 18, he had known happy love. Fortunately for us, Stendhal was unhappy in love throughout his life, and his most painful passion - for a beautiful, enigmatic Italian woman, Metilde Dembowski - drove him to produce his greatest book, De l'Amour, a mixture of anecdote, analysis and aphorisms, published in 1822.

Genoa plane crash kills four

FOUR PEOPLE were killed when a plane carrying 27 passengers and four crew overshot a runway at Genoa, and plunged into the sea. An official at Cristoforo Colombo airport said the victims were a hostess, two male passengers and an elderly woman who died in hospital.

Rugby Union: Ntamack assumes the Blanco role

EMILE NTAMACK has been labouring under the weight of the "new Serge Blanco" tag ever since he made his international debut against Wales five years ago.

Rugby Union: New cloud over RFU

THERE is more bad news on the way for the beleaguered management board of the Rugby Football Union.

Football: Sampdoria bend rules to help Platt

SAMPDORIA ARE confident they can overcome the technical problems threatening their proposed appointment of David Platt as their team coach.

Obituary: Nino Ferrer

ONE OF the tragic icons of modern times is that is the ageing rock idol. Nino Ferrer was an artist of great integrity and talent, both as a performer and as a composer of songs that have proved enduringly popular. But he kept changing styles, and never found his true musical voice except in works practically unknown to the general public.

Racing: Jibe tables her Oaks credentials

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Man held by Genoa police in hunt for serial killer

POLICE in Genoa have detained a 47-year-old man "seriously implicated" in the murders of four prostitutes and two security guards in the north- western Italian region of Liguria over the past two months.

Football: ...making it

Francesco Sanetti

Faith & Reason: The Black Death sails across the Gulf

On the anniversary of the plague our ships are setting sail to wage war on a biological terror. John Kennedy reflects on some uncomfortable parallels.

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Italians voted in local elections in which the centre-left coalition of the Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, was expected to consolidate gains made in first-round ballots two weeks ago.

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OPERA: Simon Boccanegra; WNO, New Theatre Cardiff

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John Cabot's ship, the Matthew, left Bristol on a voyage of discovery 500 years ago. Yesterday, a replica of the ship left Weymouth for Bristol before re-enacting the first recorded English expedition to reach North America, in 1497, which formed the basis for the later British claim to Canada.
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