Sport Jose Barkero accused four Levante team-mates of deliberately not trying against Deportivo in April

In April, Levante were 3-0 down at half-time, and in the dressing midfielder Jose Barkero accused some of his team-mates of deliberately not trying

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Rallying: KTM riders shine in Spain

BAD WEATHER in Southern Spain yesterday forced organisers to replace the 115km first timed stage of the Dakar Rally with a 5km stage held on the same course as Thursday's prologue. Wind and rain prevented the field, which later embarked for a short crossing of the Mediterranean to Morocco, from battling it out in the hills of Andalucia.

Noye extradition backed

Noye extradition backed

Who's Suing Whom: Rental firms sue Government for pounds 400m

CONSUMER RENTALS groups Thorn and Granada are suing the Government for up to pounds 400m over the insurance tax. They claim that it has unlawfully raised the cost of extended warranty insurance on consumer goods and resulted in widescale shop closures and the loss of more than 500 jobs.

A short stay in... Granada

If you want to immerse yourself totally in all that is quintessentially Spanish, this historic, poetic, passionate Andalusian city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada is the place. By Steven Davison

Spanish come to bury Lorca, not to praise him

The poet was murdered for being gay and left-wing, but official centenary tributes ignore this, writes Elizabeth Nash

Television: When truth is stranger than fiction

WE BRITISH love a good elegy, and the repeat showing of Brideshead Revisited (C4, Sat) has given us a kind of double elegy fix. The first, of course, was Evelyn Waugh's own original obituary for stately England. The second was for the golden age of television - epitomised by Granada's Brideshead - that ran from Civilisation to Jewel in the Crown and is now, alas, lost, killed (so the myth has it) by franchise auctions and focus groups.

Fame and shame and Salavador Dali

`Cruel, heartless and corrupt, immersed in his sleazy world' - Salvador Dali's biographer has a low opinion of The Great Masturbator.

Savoy group to expand overseas

The Savoy Hotel group, revitalised by managing director Ramon Pajares, is planning to move back overseas just two years after selling the prestigious Lancaster Hotel in Paris, reports Magnus Grimond.

Hello daddy, hello mummy. Life at summer camp is scrummy

An old US institution immortalised in song is now fashionable in Britain, reports Susie Currie

GAME ON; THE BROADER PICTURE

As the big-band music swells, enter Cilla. Cue audience applause. Miss Black (basso profundo): "Surprise, surprise / The unexpected hits you between the eyes / The unpredictable, that's the surprise / Surprise, surprise!" It's not much of a song; yet Surprise, Surprise, the successful TV show in which Cilla explores the Schopenhauerian randomness of human experience, is finding willing imitators beyond these shores. In Britain, we have Cilla; in Italy, they have Raffaella Carra, host of Carramba! Che Sorpresa.

Doctor's dilemma

From Barcelona to Belfast, Hereford to Haifa, Michael Pennington has toured the world as Anton Chekhov - in a one-man show that began, appropriately enough, on the Trans-Siberian Express. Here he recounts his long relationship with a writer he calls his `companion in life, murmuring in one's ear'

Clinton relives the memory of Spain's ultimate sunset

The documents were all signed, the security operation wound down, but Bill Clinton had one piece of business to complete before leaving Spain after this week's Nato summit: to visit Granada to show Hillary and Chelsea "the most beautiful sunset in the world".

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An underground movement

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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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
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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
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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
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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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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
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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