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Europe: Dozens of viewers share moment of intimacy before

THEIR EYES met across the table and they were transported back in time to a secret rendezvous in a Parisian cafe.

Dozens of viewers share moment of intimacy before

THEIR EYES met across the table and they were transported back in time to a secret rendezvous in a Parisian cafe.

A steep learning curve in rebranding FE

As the new Millennium approaches, it's time to reassess the further education sector. By Malcolm Burgess

I'm sorry, I've been given the clues

Your starter for 10 - when is it all right to dupe your audience? By John Walsh

Irvine's postage invites criticism

TO A MAN who spent pounds 650,000 of public money on wallpapering his lavatory, the sum of pounds 9.80 must seem like a piddling amount.

The Joys Of Modern Life:35. `University Challenge'

THE FIRST thing they got right was keeping the old theme music. BOING bing bong ding! dee-dah-diddly-tee-de-dee... The maddest signature tune ever.

Theatre: The droning of Fay Weldon

The Four Alice Bakers

If you're so smart, how come your hat's on back to front?

"SEE THAT report in the paper about the mice?" said the man at the bar.

Letter: Pleasant Paxman

Sir: As competitors in the current series of University Challenge, we were somewhat surprised by the widespread media coverage given to Mr Lance Haward, the 62-year-old member of the Open University's team.

Media: How to pop the question

First they were deferential, then confrontational, but what is the future for the political interview? By David Aaronovitch

Podium: The dangers of English chauvinism

From the Wainwright lecture by the Liberal Democrat peer to his party's Yorkshire and Humberside Conference

Do your eyes deceive you? As if you needed to ask...

Jeremy Paxman was pretending to talk to a man who was no longer there

Straw and Paxman pick up degrees

Straw and Paxman pick up degrees

Is there really a way of avoiding Bracknell?

AS CHRISTMAS comes ever nearer, like an express train heading towards an unmanned crossing, I sense a feeling of panic in the air, a lack of ideas for presents, which can best be expressed in the question: "Isn't there some new book out which would make the ideal Christmas gift, if not by Michael Palin, at least by someone else?"

Television Review: Delia's How to Cook

DO MY ears deceive me, or has Delia Smith been taking lessons from Tony Blair's elocution teacher? Last night on Delia's How to Cook (BBC2), she was swallowing more Ts and Ds than hot dinners. Her hair, too, had shaken itself out of that amateur harpist's bob. Blow-dried strands danced sexily as she explained that a spoon, and not a knife, was best for making a cup of instant coffee. Our placid madonna has gone a little bit funky on us.
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