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Obituary: William Albright

THERE ARE virtually no pianists left today to maintain the age- old tradition of the composer- performer, the tradition that produced Mozart, Beethoven, Paderewski and Rachmaninov. But it has survived rather better among organists, and William Albright was one of its brightest representatives.

Aljabr calls the tune over Stravinsky

ALJABR, REPRESENTING the all-conquering Godolphin team, staked his claim to be regarded as the season's leading two-year-old by beating another pretender to the title, Stravinsky, fair and square by half a length in the Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp yesterday. And the pulsating showdown between the two crack colts had a dramatic aftermath when the runner-up lost not only his unbeaten status, but also second place in the Group One contest, after being disqualified and placed last by the local stewards for impeding an unplaced rival.

Obituary: Professor T. V. Sathyamurthy

T.V. SATHYAMURTHY, who taught politics at York University for 30 years, was a larger-than-life personality whose great abilities as a scholar and teacher were eclipsed by his skill as a facilitator and co-ordinator of inter-disciplinary studies in the social and human sciences.

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Basketball: Bird and Jordan in duel of legends

Ian Whittell wonders if the end of a basketball era will be a happy one

Athletics: Hansen leaps into the golden world

Britain's star triple jumper rewrites record books to light up the European Indoor Championships

Clinton Accused: Jordan: A buddy in time of need

Imposing of stature and soaked in charm, Vernon Jordan has been friend and adviser to serial United States presidents, going back to Lyndon Johnson.

PowerGen eyes pounds 3.5bn strike for Cinergy of the US

PowerGen is contemplating a pounds 3.5bn strike for the American electricity utility Cinergy in a deal which would give it a 50 per cent stake in Midlands Electricity, the UK regional power company. Michael Harrison reports.

NET GAINS: Return to sender?

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THE MAN WHO PUT THE F INTO FACT

For many people sex began with the Kinsey reports. Fifty years on, a biography reveals their author in a disturbing new light. Blake Morrison investigates

Classical & Opera: A Leppard who's changed his spots

Britain's loss has been America's gain in the case of Raymond Leppard. After his pioneering work with the English Chamber Orchestra, Leppard left a decade ago to take charge of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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