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Multitudes of people!Walking up the hills!

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808 State. Ring any bells? Ibiza, four in the morning, dancing until the soles of your feet turned to leather, heat like a boa-constrictor winding around you, your body wet with snakebite and sweat. And then, "Pacific State" by 808 State, the song that made a nation chill out. Mellow but insistent beats, a light garnishing of wildlife noises, and an alto sax threading through it like a viper in the Eden undergrowth. It was the aural equivalent of throwing a party inside a giant floatation tank. That was 808 State.

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Travel: Departures: Loss leaders lost

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The amount in pounds film extras were paid for diving into a freezing swimming pool in Ibiza in February during the making of 'An Evening With Gary Lineker', to be shown on ITV on 14 June (8.30pm).

Letter: Banning explicit sex guides

WITH regard to 'Tory right halts sex education campaigns' (17 April), is it possible that the Government, by banning a condom campaign and explicit sex guide for teenagers, has discovered how to make every teenager in the country desperate to get their hands on condoms and sex education?

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Travel: Departures: Dialysis in Ibiza

VICENTE Ribas de Ribas, a hotelier on Ibiza, has built and equipped a dialysis centre on the island in order to offer package holidays for kidney patients from the UK. They can choose either self-catering accommodation or a room in a four-star hotel. The centre was built after a friend of Mr de Ribas complained that she could never go on holiday because she needed kidney dialysis twice a week and could not be certain of finding it. Further information: Vicente Ribas de Ribas, Holidays Ibidialyse, 58-07840 Sta Eulalia del Rio, Ibiza.

Books / Historic beakers full of the warm south: The Mediterranean: Tony Peake reflects on the continuing allure of a tideless, eternal sea

The Mediterranean has long functioned as one of the most potent myths in the Northern imagination. To those beleaguered by grey skies, cold winds and overlong winters, the Mediterranean offers a crucial mirror image: blue skies, balmy winds, and summers in which sun-drenched day after sun-drenched day denies the approach of autumn.

MUSIC / The Roddy and Ryuichi roadshow: When Roddy Frame wanted to make his new album with Ryuichi Sakamoto, he had to wait in line. Giles Smith reports

WHEN an album titled Dreamland is released on 17 May, Roddy Frame, the singer and songwriter who trades as Aztec Camera, will probably experience a glow of pleasure - partly because Dreamland is the most consistent album he has made, and partly because its release has been subject to more delays than the M25. As long ago as last August, Frame was in the Berkshire countryside, mixing these tracks. What kept them?
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