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Stardust memories

Suzi Quatro is ready to Can the Can, The Rubettes are in their (washable) berets, and Alvin Stardust is Coo-ca-Chooing to anyone who will listen ... Richard Johnson hits the road with Glitz, Blitz & 70s Hitz. Photographs by Philip Sinden

Arts: Laughter in the dark

Bruce Morton wants to share his adolescence with you. Don't panic: he's funny.

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Sports letter: Good luck to Smith

Sir: What a delight to see Steve Smith back in training after his injury (14 January). Like most field athletes, his hard work and dedication go largely unrecognised. But throughout his period of recovery he has maintained his Liverpool humour and kept a positive outlook. Here's hoping the 2000 Olympics in Sydney will reward all his years of hard work.

Rugby League: Six new teams join the Conference

THE RUGBY LEAGUE Conference, one of the game's success stories in its first full season last year, has expanded by six new clubs for 1999. The competition, based outside the code's traditional areas, will consist of 20 teams this year, with clubs in Crewe, Derby, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Nottingham and Wolverhampton joining in. Two more, from Coventry and Newmarket, have been put on hold until next year.

Letter: A seasonal saving

Sir: An article by Janet Fricker on your Home Life page ("A little list and a lot of bother", 15 November) has just saved us well over pounds 2,000.

The Sketch: MPs try to slip the leash, but Speaker keeps them muzzled

"SEVERAL OF my right honourable members have told me that I was courageous to put this question down," said Tony McWalter, the Labour/Co- operative MP for Hemel Hempstead, rounding off an inquiry about Freemasons in the police. "Did the Home Secretary understand," he said, that such secretive groups were "capable of precipitating real fear?"

Obituary: Sheila Smith

YOU ALWAYS knew where you were with Sheila Smith. A tiny woman with a pronounced limp, she was a convinced trade unionist, feminist and someone who made her views crystal clear.

Letters: BRIEFLY

WHEN I read the phrase "morals of the underclass" in your letters page (4 October) I wondered if I was now completely out of touch after 14 years abroad. Is no one else shocked, or is this what to expect under New Labour - New Snobs?

Letter: Cold meteorites

Sir: Charles Arthur ("Search for Greenland's thunderbolt", 16 December) perpetuates a popular misconception when he states that "On landing [a meteorite] would be incredibly hot, and melt its way through the icecap". Meteorites are cold when they land. Hence they preserve a record of their history in space.

Fears for UK jobs as Kodak takes axe to 16,000

Kodak, the US photographic giant, yesterday stunned its workforce by announcing plans to cut another 6,600 jobs, on top of 10,000 already announced last month, in a $1.5bn (pounds 915m) restructuring drive.

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.

Theatre: The road to hell is paved with good intentions, all the way from Thessaloniki Climbing back down into Orpheus's Underworld and finding light

A lost play by Euripides has been brought back to life by Kenneth McLeish. Robert Hanks talks to Nick Philippou, artistic director of the Actors Touring Company, about his efforts to resurrect ancient myths for today.

Health: `Depression lifted and I could cope'

Jackie Rossington, aged 44, she has been on HRT for seven years, since having a hysterectomy in her 30s. "For me six extra cases of cancer in women who have been on HRT for 10 years is still six too many," she said.

Comedy: McPhail at your peril

She's loud, proud and dangerous to heckle, Donna McPhail eats hostile audience members for breakfast - with the initials DM, she's well-equipped to give troublemakers a verbal kicking to remember
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