Where James Brown meets Jim Morrison

"THERE WILL be no support act for tonight's show," announced the poster tacked to the wall of the Hemel Hempstead Pavilion, "as Terence is performing for two and a half hours." Crumbs. Surely this is a warning to make even the hardiest Terence Trent D'Arby fan tremble. It might have been simpler if the poster had just said: "For every 'Wishing Well' or 'If You Let Me Stay' Terence will also play a polite, easily ignorable, MOR ditty."

Party members pass judgement on Redwood

From Miss Lois Blythe

SPORTS LETTER : Power-play paradigm

From Mr Lewis Eckett

Rugby League: Sell-outs at next two Tests

The second and third John Smith's Tests, at Old Trafford and Elland Road, have completely sold out within days of Great Britain's victory over Australia at Wembley.

Help for students

Midland Bank, in conjunction with Ucas, is sponsoring Students' Money Matters, a book that gives students independent guidance on funding their course, work experience, and budgeting. It is published by Trotman & Co, costs pounds 7.95 and is available from bookshops. Free copies will be available at the main freshers' fairs and to the first 250 readers who write to Lee Dooley, Midland Bank Plc, Customer Information Service, PO Box 757, Freepost, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4BR.

Capital Gains; I want to take you higher

Okay. It's my birthday. It's six in the evening and I'm standing in a cow-pat riddled field in the Chilterns with my mum and brother, both of whom are beaming. Before me is my birthday balloon.

Basketball: Panthers' pace knocks spots off Leopards

THE PANTHERS outpaced the Leopards at the Doncaster Dome last night when the new London franchise paid for failing to obtain work permits for their American imports and lost 65-55 on the opening weekend of the Budweiser League season, writes Duncan Hooper.

BOOK REVIEW / The venerable art of moving mountains: The complete landscape designs and gardens of Geoffrey Jellicoe by Michael Spens, Thames and Hudson pounds 36

LANDSCAPE architecture as a profession began in the 20th century but, as the century ends, many people still have only the vaguest notion of what landscape architects actually do. Enlightenment is at hand in a book celebrating the work of Geoffrey Jellicoe, internationally recognised as the foremost landscape architect of his time, who has designed sites covering several square miles, like the Hope Cement Works in Derbyshire, as well as gardens of great subtlety and intimacy, such as Sutton Place and Shute House. Illustrated with his own sensitive colour drawings and numerous photographs, it records a continuing career that spans six decades.

Travel: British Rail in the wrong sort of holes

BRITISH RAIL grows ever more determined to deter potential customers. The latest Guide to InterCity Services has pre-punched Filofax holes. These perforations imbue rail travel with fresh unpredictability, because they have been punched through the middle of the schedules.

Burglar jailed

A businessman was jailed for five years at the Old Bailey after being convicted of burgling a hotel and subjecting a woman guest to a sex ordeal. The court was told Dennis Adams, 36, a car dealer from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, had kept keys from rooms he stayed in and had used them to burgle the hotel twice previously.

Hotel sex attack

A businessman was jailed for five years at the Old Bailey for burgling a hotel and subjecting a woman guest to a sex ordeal. The court was told Dennis Adams, 36, from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, had kept keys from rooms he stayed in and had used them to burgle the hotel twice previously.

Basketball: Dismissals bring game to standstill

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD'S Budweiser League game with Birmingham Bullets on Saturday night came close to being abandoned by the referee Keith D'Wan when the Royals' Mike Carty refused to leave the court after being disqualified.

TRAVEL / Riders on the dry slopes: Two feet, one snowboard, no experience. Hester Lacey prepares for the piste

'HAVE you ever skied? Surfed? Skateboarded?' asked the snowboard instructor, Steve Davis. (Snowboarding is a hybrid of all three: American surfers first tore the fins off their boards in the Sixties, looking for new thrills in the snow; modern boards look like large skateboards with no wheels.) No relevant experience at all, I had to confess when I turned up for my lesson at the Hemel Hempstead dry ski slope.

Health: Sisters are doing it for themselves: Why shouldn't a nurse tend a cut finger? Stephen Ward reports on a new unit where accident patients don't have to see a doctor

Daniel Warren, aged 11, sits with his mother in a hospital waiting room. He cut his finger with a Stanley knife while doing woodwork at school. Now his finger is wrapped in a blood-soaked bandage and he waits nervously for attention.

Quality Management: Seat of benchmarking unveiled: Firms in Britain that wish to test whether they are using best practices can take advantage of a new centre

BENCHMARKING is already well established in the United States but is proving increasingly popular on this side of the Atlantic as a means of implementing best practices by the selection of a successful operation as a model against which to measure others.
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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

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Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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