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He mostly hated being a Beatle. He deeply resented the other two pushing his songs aside. He said that reunion talk was just Paul looking for publicity. What changed? Trusting people is one of Harrison's more endearing traits. 'His real gift, and he has many, is for friendship,' says his close friend Derek Taylor

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'WELCOME to the party,' said Roland Bruynserade, throwing his arms around Nigel Mansell in the Williams pit here on Friday morning. Bruynserade, Formula One's official starter, seemed to be giving the green light to Mansell's return after 23 months in exile. But words of welcome were thereafter in short supply.

Today's number: 535

The number of IndyCar and Formula One championship races Mario Andretti will have competed in by the time he retires after this weekend's Indy event at Monterey, California. He was the world champion in 1978, and won the Indy title four times.

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Arena: From corn field to field of dreams: David Tremayne explains how the home of the British Grand Prix flourished from its agricultural roots

WHEN Jackie Stewart's Tyrrell inconveniently selected two gears simultaneously at the very moment he was attempting to wrest the lead of the 1973 British Grand Prix at Silverstone from Ronnie Peterson, it was thrown off course and charged like an angry blue combine harvester through corn as high as its engine air intake.

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Tom French, designer and inventor: born Leamington Spa, Warwickshire 7 December 1923; staff, Technical Division, Dunlop 1946-83; OBE 1983; married 1946 Marie Langlais (four sons, one daughter); died Sutton Coldfield 26 May 1994.
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