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Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.

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Perhaps the best thing about the singles chart today is it provides a useful index of what music to avoid. The success of Craig David, however, offers discerning pop fans hope.

Earl known as `Q' is refusing to pay Fayed libel costs

THE MAIN backer of Neil Hamilton's failed libel action set himself on collision course with the courts yesterday when he declared he would fight any attempt to make him pay Mohamed Al Fayed's costs.

Hamilton backers may be liable for pounds 2.5m bill

CONTRIBUTORS TO the legal fund to support Neil Hamilton in his libel action against Mohamed Al Fayed may be held liable for pounds 2.5m in costs after the former Conservative minister's High Court defeat.

Tories In Crisis: Earl is revealed as `Q', the mystery donor to libel fund

HIS CODENAME is "Q", Lord Harris of High Cross said in a conspiratorial voice. "He is a peer of the realm, an independent and outstanding chap..." He is also, it emerged, one of the main contributors to the Hamilton legal fund.

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Real Work: THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS

Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's highest paid DJ, Paul Oakenfold is musical director of home, the new London super club, and has launched his own record and clothing label, Perfecto.

Which one gets the thumbs up?

A quick glimpse is all we get to decide whether to give a lift to a hitcher. With these images of hard-shoulder hopefuls, photographer Simon Prentice asks us to examine our prejudices. Words by Michael Booth

Tennis: Hingis too steady for Mauresmo

MARTINA HINGIS will mark her 19th birthday today $300,000 (pounds 190,000) richer after defeating Amelie Mauresmo, 7-6, 6-2, in the opening round of the $6.7m Compaq Grand Slam Cup.

How we met: Patrick Moore & Norris McWhirter

Patrick Moore was born in Middlesex in 1923. He is an astronomer, composer and writer, and for 42 years has presented the 'The Sky At Night' for the BBC. In 1982 the minor planet number 2602 was named after him, and in 1988 he was awarded the CBE. He owns his own observatory, and shares his house in Selsey, Sussex, with his teenage godson
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