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Golf: Europeans confident of revenge

EUROPE'S STRONGEST Solheim Cup team so far must avoid the sort of last-day collapse suffered in the last two matches to win at Muirfield Village next month. In the short history of the contest, in which the Americans have an overall 3-1 lead, the strength in depth of the European side has always been called into question, writes Andy Farrell.

Golf: Lisa Hackney named in European Solheim Cup team

Lisa Hackney, a member of the 1996 side, was one of captain Pia Nilsson's wild card selections as five Britons were named in the 12-strong European Solheim Cup team to meet America at Muirfield Village, Ohio, from 18 to 20 September.

Outtakes: Shoreditch photographer Bonieventure pictures his local heroes. Charlotte Edwards reports

Many people have captured a Kodak moment at their local when tired and emotional, but photographer Bonieventure has gone a step further. To expand on his collection of snapshots of nightlife at the Barley Mow, in London's Shoreditch, Bonieventure invited his drinking buddies back to the studio for more formal portraits. The resulting series, he claims, represents "a reasonable cross-section of the Shoreditch population", a motley crew of Bohemians - artists, musicians and part-time philosophers - briefly united by what Bonieventure calls his "messing around" behind the camera. Some are just passing through, en route to and from openings at the nearby Underwood Street Gallery, but most are Shoreditch residents.

Golf: Clarke wins heavyweight clash

SUNDAYS in Thame have been anything but for Colin Montgomerie. Although his score, like the weather, was a tremendous improvement on Sabbaths' past, the Scot was unable to resist Darren Clarke's charge to victory in the Benson and Hedges International.


HAPPILY NESTLED round the corner from Blue Note, Lux Cinema and 333, the former Shoreditch Electricity Showrooms has been doing a luvverly trade in East End charm since it opened a few weeks ago as a bar/gallery. Attracting a largely local crowd, plus the usual Hoxton Square suspects, the venue has an unpretentious, experimental feel with its high ceilings, huge windows and use of space (being a Twenties showroom, there's a lot of it). An eclectic music policy on evenings, running from dance to jazz has kept punters happy so far, as has the unusual downstairs gallery. Go trip the light fantastic.

Arts Campaign: Bingo to the rescue

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Today, look out for your Arthrob

IF, COURTESY of those Albert Square residents, you've already been immersed in vice this afternoon , perhaps the last thing you want to know is that there's an opportunity for more - in a different east London square. Hoxton Square, home to the Blue Note and the drum-and- bass scene, is the venue for a radical reinterpretation of The Seven Deadly Sins, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's 1933 opera-ballet of vanity, ambition and success.

Letter: Trapped women

Sir: The research commissioned by the Children's Society and Hackney Safer Cities ("Britain's wife-beating epidemic is revealed", 23 January) confirms that domestic violence is the most pervasive, costly and socially damaging of hate crimes.

Hackney schools chiefs lambasted for incompetence

Hackney education authority, notorious for its failing schools, was condemned yesterday for financial mismanagement. Kathy Marks says that part of a pounds 3m shortfall in the schools budget went unnoticed for months.

Schools `hit squad' attacks Hackney over pounds 3m deficit

A troubled education authority has been attacked by a government "hit squad" for financial incompetence which resulted in a pounds 3m hole in the schools' budget, part of which went unnoticed for nearly six months.

Children at risk: `Pleasant young man' who preyed on young

When Mark Trotter was first interviewed in September 1981 as a houseparent for a children's home in Hackney the panel which appointed him were impressed and described him as a "pleasant young man who appeared quietly determined".

Panto Review: Three wishes for Aladdin

The first law of panto is that it must contain a former cast-member from either TV's Hi-de-Hi! or TV's 'Allo, 'Allo. The production of Aladdin at the Hackney Empire hits the jackpot: it's got one of each.

Outdoor: Two wheels good, one wheel better? Minimalism takes to the road

Unicycling is the Everest of the wheeled world. It's hard, and you do it because it's there. It's pointless to ask what the point is. There is none.

Lone Parents: Blair savaged as MPs defend the 'betrayed'

The Prime Minister was confronted by Labour backbench anger over the cuts in benefits for lone parents at Question Time. Colin Brown, Chief, Political Correspondent, says a string of Labour MPs risked the wrath of the whips in speaking out against the Government.
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