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Fast Track: The bonds of youth

Why do the friendships that we make at university prove to be some of the strongest emotional bonds we form?

Leading Article: Now, Mr Prescott, what about doing something concrete?

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?

Letter: Our K-For soldiers

Sir: Two particular problems that will face the British members of K-For need to be thought about in advance.

Letter: Short-term outlook

Sir: The discussion of a new paradigm, or a new economy, is nothing new ("New paradigm theory gains ground", 1 June) but then neither is a "Goldilocks" recovery from a long-term structural recession or slump.

Dance: Davies transcends herself

Siobhan Davies

Arts: All that is solid melts into air

Tonight sees the world premiere of Wild Air by Siobhan Davies, Britain's top contemporary choreographer.

Open Eye: We are the champions... again

The OU has joined the elite group of universities to have won University Challenge twice, following victory over Oriel College, Oxford, in the final on 27 April. No university has yet won it three times.

A Family Affair: `I hoped Guy's Buddhism was a phase, like skateboarding'

Novelist Katie Fforde, 52, From Stroud In Gloucestershire, Has Two Sons, Guy, 21, And Francis, 19, Who Became Buddhists And Left School To Move To A Dharma Centre In Somerset. Katie Found Their New-Found Faith Very Difficult To Come To Terms With

Obituary: Christine Glanville

AS ONE of Gerry Anderson's chief puppeteers and puppet-makers, Christine Glanville saw the whole evolution of film and television puppetry and was at the heart of that development. She worked on almost all of the classic Anderson television series of the 1960s, including Stingray and Thunderbirds.

Hockey: Doncaster's safety play

THERE SEEMS little doubt that Doncaster's priority this weekend will be tomorrow's first leg of their two-match women's National League play-off at Walsall. On Sunday, they head for High Wycombe for their EHA quarter-final Cup tie against Slough.

Hockey: Students revived by Laird

SIX GOALS from Adam Laird allowed Cambridge University to cast off their nightmare of throwing away a two-goal advantage in the Varsity match last Tuesday, which finished in a 2-2 draw, when they resumed their challenge for a National League place at the weekend, writes Bill Colwill.

Travel for Women: She's got the whole world in her hands

A global organisation that encourages female friendship is joining in the celebrations for International Women's Day. By Rachel Henry

HOCKEY: Whitchurch eye border crossing

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`Sometimes you can't get to the mainland when you need to - let alone when you want to'

We lived in Bledlow Ridge in Buckinghamshire, just outside High Wycombe. Our reason for moving to Mull was that my husband had had family on Iona and for most of his youth he came to the islands for holidays. My husband's degree was in hotel management, and I ran a small hotel in Windsor, but we'd always wanted to do something together. We had a couple of holidays here before we saw a property we liked. It was a house that had been uninhabited for 17 years. We bought the plot next to it and hoped to extend the house to turn it into a hotel. After we bought it we were told we should really knock it down and start from scratch, which we did.

Rugby Union: Donnelly sets the standard for Australia's day

Tourists' confidence prevails over a lacklustre England.
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