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IN A BEERBOHM caricature, a small child, seeing a pompous literary type, turns to her mother and asks: "Mama, what is that gentleman for?" We should ask the same question about John Prescott. Documents pour out of his grandiloquently named Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. But not much action follows. Yesterday his Urban Task Force, under the architect Lord Rogers, produced a report, Towards an Urban Renaissance, with over 100 recommendations. Will it just add to the pile that already includes a transport White Paper and a draft Bill on local government reform?

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West Hartlepool 35 Richmond 36

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A FARMER who refuses to accept there is a public footpath on his land was told yesterday by a judge to allow ramblers access - or spend 14 days in jail.

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Rugby Union: Sale pay a high price for errors

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Mandelson bids to rebuild reputation

PETER MANDELSON began his political rehabilitation last night by announcing he was following the well-worn route of repentant pop stars, DJs and actors, and going into charity.

Rugby Union: West Hartlepool 33 Gloucester 32 - Gloucester fall to boot of Vile

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Rugby Union: Saracens hot and cold

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Wolves toasts victory in pounds 300m Marston battle

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Captain Moonlight: The column with more donkey than the rest

AHOY! Good to have you on board. I'd like to start this week by talking about us. You will have seen that the Government has just published its annual set of statistics about the nation. Well, as part of the Moonlight monitoring service ("We never blink"), I have been delving deep, very deep indeed. Ready? 1) On Page 36, Table 1.14, inter-regional migration within the United Kingdom, I discovered, by reading down the table, that 16,000 people had migrated from Yorkshire and the Humber to the North West, while 16,000 people had migrated from the North West to Yorkshire and the Humber. What can be going on? Is it some quaint northern custom? Are they the same people? Has the BBC started a programme called Changing Regional Areas? Call me. 2) It takes a Briton on the average hourly earnings for all industries and services one hour and one minute to earn enough to buy one kilogram of frozen cod fillets. 3) Eleven per cent of people who did not report a crime "dealt with the matter themselves". Crikey. Not in the Home Counties, surely? 4) The number of men dressmaking, doing needlework or knitting has risen from two per cent of the population to three per cent since 1977. 5) According to my calculations, based on Table 13.13, participation in selected leisure activities away from home, by age, nearly 300,000 people aged 60 or over had visited a "nightclub" or "disco" in the three months before they were interviewed. Well done! Did you know, by the way, that during a year the liver secretes enough bile to paint the outside of 30 detached houses? Remarkable. Next!
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