THEATRE / Edge of darkness, or Bleasdale's apocalypse now: On the Ledge - Playhouse, Nottingham; On the Piste - Garrick; Karenina - Tricycle; Coaldust Affair - Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

A LADY from Manchester writes to reprove me for trashing the phrase 'community theatre': a form, she says, that 'attempts to make a difference in our increasingly unequal society'. I hope she sees Alan Bleasdale's On the Ledge, in which a friendly neighbourhood fireman, hoisted above a blazing council estate, declares, 'I'll kill anyone who mentions the word 'community]' '

Letter: Labour: the rebels without a clause

DONALD MACINTYRE is wrong to say that the annual membership cards of the Labour Party have included an excerpt from clause IV of the party constitution since 1918. ('Time to ask what's this clause IV', 21 February).

Basketball: Bears show title appetite

THE SIGHT of Alan Cunningham, their player-coach, collecting a split lip from Trevor Gordon's elbow inspired Worthing Bears to a second-half recovery on Saturday night to defeat Guildford Kings 100-91 in front of a capacity crowd at Worthing Sports Centre.

Basketball: Royals in less than regal show

LAST season Andy Gill coached Thames Valley Tigers and saw them finish runners-up behind Guildford Kings. This season Tigers lead the Carlsberg League, have won the WICB title and on Saturday night paraded the NatWest Trophy before their First Division game against Gill's new club, Hemel Hempstead Royals, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball: Jets' chance to rise

A SPECTACULAR bench clearance by players from Thames Valley Tigers and Leicester City Riders has given Cheshire Jets a chance to continue their climb in the First Division of the Carlsberg National League. The English Basket Ball Association has ordered Leicester to replay their league game against the Jets, which they originally won 100-78 on 3 January, and without the prolific John Tresvant, writes Duncan Hooper.

Hockey: Double delight for Sixsmith

JANE SIXSMITH'S delight on Monday at becoming the first hockey player to feature in the Sports Writers' Personality of the Year awards was increased yesterday at the draw for the fourth round of the AEWHA Cup. She finished third behind Sally Gunnell and Laura Davis for the Sportswomen of the Year title, and in the Cup, the team she captains, First Personnel Sutton Coldfield, have drawn Second Division opposition in the form of Bracknell.

Basketball: Kings are killed off by Tigers

MICK BETT, the Thames Valley coach, was impressed by the way his players removed the champions Guildford Kings from the First Division title race on Saturday night, but unimpressed by talk that the Tigers will go on to lift the Carlsberg League championship, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball: Bears' big break

TWO defeats and a broken hand for conductor-in-chief Alton Byrd added up to an unhappy 48 hours for Guildford Kings. Worthing Bears caught the champions while they were down, following Thursday's elimination from the European Clubs Championship, and, on Saturday night, handed them their first league defeat of the season.

CHILDREN / 'At school I used to scream, now I laugh': He didn't see why he had to count buckets: why not just numbers?

'I hate school. I liked the pink custard and quiche. But I hated the disgraceful noise. The maths was far too easy. I had to count BUCKETS] Another boy bullied me all the time. He made me close my eyes and then he'd punch me in the face. He told lies. He was jealous of me because I could do the work and he couldn't. I was four and he was six and a half.'

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