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Group splits up as animals flee, with four taking the odd decision to just stand still in the path of the snow

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Dance: Acting on a hunchback

Advertise a ballet called Elective Affinities or Being and Nothingness and advance box office will tend to be a bit sluggish; but stick up posters for, say, Gone With the Wind, and the ballet-going public will bite your hand off. Derek Deane, no stranger to the art of crowd-pleasing, found that the words "Alice" and "Wonderland" had merely to be printed in the leaflets for the phones to start ringing off the hook. Now, Christopher Gable has devised an equally successful formula for Northern Ballet Theatre.

Weather: Predictions of doom and disaster

A new report paints a grim picture of the potential consequences of global warming. Islands will be submerged, Europe could suffer water shortages, urban air quality could deteriorate in North America, Africa could starve ... if current computer models are correct.

An Eye on... animals

Chimpanzee: Jambo, a chimpanzee at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, has been cured of baldness with a potion made of goat's milk and herbs. When the chimp lost its chocolate-coloured coat through illness, the zoo consulted Jean Brown, who contributes a "Living off the Hedgerows" item to Radio Leicester. Ms Brown produced the hair-restorer from goat's milk, oil extracted from wild marjoram and parsley and some secret ingredients. She says it may work on people too.

Chosen Few places; KONDITOR & COOK

Anyone who has lived or worked in the vicinity of London's Stamford Street will tell you that this is hardly the place to shop for quality food. It may be the home of Sainsbury's headquarters, but the promise of a local supermarket remains wishful thinking. Yet, in the pretty terraced back streets south of this traffic-clogged artery stands a fine bespoke bakery opened four years ago by Gerhard Jenne. In the morning, the mouthwatering aroma from its kitchens tempts passing office workers to return at lunchtime. For Konditor & Cook's culinary talents aren't confined to the superlative gateaux, tarts and biscuits that grace its windows; a takeaway lunch menu also serves up delicious dishes such as pumpkin and spinach soup, roast lamb sandwiches with balsamic onions and mange tout, and grilled vegetables with tabbouleh and goat's curd. For those who haven't got a desk to rush back to, pop round the corner to the Konditor & Cook cafe at The Young Vic.

Interview: Killing us softly with his song

Louis de Berniere's prose makes readers cry. But it makes him cry, too, he tells Julia Kaminski. Especially when he kills off a favourite character. Will cinema audiences weep when `Captain Corelli's Mandolin' hits the big screen?

'That's the way Irvine wrote it'

The author of 'Trainspotting' is under fire again. Has Irvine Welsh gone too far in his depiction of God as a foul-mouthed Edinburgh drunk?

The future is born from a womb made of plastic

Japanese researchers have released the first pictures of an artificial womb which has been used to bring 17-week-old goat foetuses to "birth" three weeks later.

A bit of danger and excitement in a good cause

It's Borneo all over again! My daughter Sam has terrorised me into doing something that goes against my natural grain. Here I am, absolutely terrified of water, and she's got me rafting the wild rivers of northern British Columbia. Studying the promotional literature for our expedition on the Taku, Sheslay and Inklin rivers, the phrases "a complete river safety talk", "a couple of exciting rapids" and "a swift dance through an occasional boulder garden" leap out at me. So do the qualifications of the River League's guides: certified in whitewater manoeuvres and rescue, trained in first aid. Why does that not reassure me?

Off the goat track

Michael Hanlon beats a path to the secret, secluded world of western Crete

Network: CD-Roms: The joy of useless facts

Want to know all about goats? Maybe not, but William Hartston finds they're a good test of an interactive encyclopedia

Meaningless magnificence

BOOK OF THE WEEK; The Meaning of Cantona: Meditations on Life, Art and Perfectly Weighted Balls by Terence Blacker and William Donaldson (Mainstream Publishing, hardback, pounds 9.99)

AN OLD GOAT AMONG THE CROCS

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