News The Teknik Perdana was looking for oil off the coast of Guyana

Two Britons are believed to be among the crew of a seismic research vessel under effective “ship arrest” today after becoming snarled in a territorial dispute that flared over the weekend between Venezuela and neighbouring Guyana, which dates back over a 100 years to when Guyana was under British control.

Departures: Travel show finale

THE THIRD and final Independent Traveller's World Exhibition takes place at the County Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham, from 18 to 20 February. Exhibitors include specialists giving advice on cheap flights, expeditions, activity holidays, working abroad, health, travel equipment and guidebooks.

BT raises line rental charges but promises rebate to light users: Price increase announced despite Oftel's call for more cuts

LINE rental charges for BT's residential customers will rise by 73p a quarter to pounds 23.69 from 1 February, representing a real increase of 2 per cent. The change comes despite calls from the regulator, Oftel, for further price cuts totalling pounds 350m.

BOOK REVIEW / A triumphant journey for madmen: 'Resurrection at Sorrow Hill' - Wilson Harris: Faber, 14.99

EVER SINCE the appearance of his first novel, Palace of the Peacock, in 1960, Wilson Harris, born in Guyana but long resident in London, has been acknowledged as a true original. Philosophy, criticism and fiction may seem unlikely occupations for a qualified land surveyor, but work expeditions into the awesome rainforest of the Guianas in the 1940s and '50s provided inspiration for many of his novels, including the latest, Resurrection at Sorrow Hill, and the newly reissued The Carnival Trilogy (Faber pounds 9.99).

Boxing: Warring lord of the ring: Profile: Julio Cesar Chavez

GOOD BOXERS, particularly world championship contenders, do not scare easily. However knowingly outgunned an experienced fighter may be, it is a great surprise if he succumbs palpably to terror in the ring. It does occasionally happen, and, when it does, there is no hiding place. The symptoms are easily recognisable: a cold, clammy texture to the skin, uncharacteristically confused coordination, and eyes wide with dread and shame. The phenomenon is rarely seen, though, even when a boxer is pitted against an all-time great.

Monkey trick

Angry Guyanans have captured a monkey named Jacko that had spent the last two weeks wandering into homes, sampling cosmetics, messing up kitchens, and trying on condoms, Reuter reports from Georgetown.

Obituary: Sir Derek Jakeway

Francis Derek Jakeway, colonial administrator: born 6 June 1915; Colonial Administrative Service, Nigeria 1937- 54 (seconded to Seychelles 1946-49, Colonial Office 1949-51); OBE 1948; Chief Secretary, British Guiana 1954- 59, Sarawak 1959-63; CMG 1956, KCMG 1963; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Fiji 1964-68; married 1941 Phyllis Watson (three sons); died 6 November 1993.

Travel: Departures: Jungle trek

DISCOVERY Expeditions (0747 55050) still has spaces available for its trip to the jungles of Guyana being led by Colonel John Blashford-Snell. The expedition, which departs on 21 August and returns on 21 September, intends to seek out giant otters, horned anacondas and a monkey-like creature called Loys's Ape. The party will also be carrying out research with the Paramambo tribe.

Adoption couple 'not aware of race issues': Government calls for report on case of Asian woman and her white husband rejected by social services as parents of mixed-race child

THE Government yesterday asked for a report into the case of an Asian woman and her white husband who were blocked from adopting a mixed-race child on the grounds that they had not shown enough understanding of racial issues.

The Daily Poem: Those Women

For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears.

INTERVIEW / A victim takes control: Herman Ouseley: The Commission for Racial Equality is riven by conflict. John Torode finds its new chairman is used to fielding flak

PAST chairmen of the Commission for Racial Equality came from rather grand backgrounds: Sir David Lane (Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge), Sir Peter Newsam (Clifton and Queen's, Oxford), Sir Michael Day (University College School and Selwyn, Cambridge). Though Sir Peter could claim a West Indian grandparent, all were British-born whites.

The Waco Siege: Cult suicide could damage Clinton: As the Branch Davidian stand-off ends in tragedy the authorities face questions about their handling of the cult

THE horrifying end to the Branch Davidian siege in Waco seems certain to have unsettling political repercussions here. And although their precise nature cannot be predicted, President Bill Clinton is unlikely to be among the beneficiaries.

CRE 'needs to be more effective in tackling race bias': New chairman warns of frustration among ethnic minorities

THE FIRST black chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality warned of the increasing frustration among ethnic minorities when he took over the post yesterday.

Wild bird shipment provokes outrage

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BOOK REVIEW / Tripping out with a con artist: 'Make Believe: A True Story' - Diana Athill: Sinclair-Stevenson, 13.99 pounds

MORE THAN 20 years ago Diana Athill published her extraordinary essay in autobiography, Instead of a Letter, which, once read, remains in the imagination. In her still small voice she led the reader into emotional intimacies that, in the hands of others, so often sound exactly like the 'bleeding hearts' pages in women's magazines. Athill had suffered a very cowardly form of rejection and was emotionally numbed for many years, but went on to become a distinguished figure in publishing.

This is a different league from Christopher Robin: Forget whimsy. Asked to name their favourite poems, children cite John Agard's robust calypso verse, says Jenny Gilbert

CHILDREN'S poetry has come a long way since Christopher Robin worried about the deficiencies of his nanny's dressing gown ('It's a beautiful blue but it hasn't a hood. God bless Nanny and make her good'). Forget condescending adult whimsy. Children's poetry has toughened up and broadened out. No longer confined to skimpy paperbacks, in the last few years it has broken into the publishing big time of luscious, lovely-to-hold picture-books. Bookshops report brisk sales in the run-up to Christmas.
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