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The parade of musicians onto the Barbican stage has Norma Waterson at its centre, and there's a chair centre-stage for her, set between daughter Eliza and niece Marry, and spread either side stand musical friends and family – Martin Carthy, Olly Knight and Neill MacColl on guitars, multi-instrumentalist Kate St John, brilliant husky-voiced young singer John Smith duetting with an assured Kami Thompson, and committed turns from Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker, stick-thin enough to really do "The Scarecrow", one of many strange and wonderful works to trip from the mind of Lal Waterson.

Athletics: The coach who took Greene and Boldon to dreamland

THE STATIONS of John Smith's life are marked by gold medals. Other people's gold medals, although that wasn't how it started out. The first of them presented itself when he was 11 or 12 years old, attending junior high school in South Central Los Angeles. "My gym teacher there was Charlie Dumas, the first man to jump over seven feet, a local boy who won the gold medal at Melbourne in '56. One day he brought his medal to school. When I saw that gold medal, I was hooked. That became the quest."

Government reshuffle: Blair dismantles Prescott's empire

TONY BLAIR has slapped down John Prescott by using last night's Government reshuffle to break up the ministerial empire of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Racing: Shinbone knock for Ferguson on his big day

A HUGE crowd at Haydock Park yesterday celebrated football's biggest winners as a horse with a losing sequence of 30 took the big race of the day.

Racing: Achilles lays low Siege

ASCOT HAD the class in the shape of a pounds 52,000 Listed race yesterday, but there was no doubt that a York handicap was the race of the day, and not just for its pounds 70,750 first prize. The John Smith's Cup - still popularly known as the Magnet Cup - is the oldest sponsored Flat race in the calendar, with a long history of competitive racing, and yesterday's 40th renewal took place in front of a huge, sun-baked crowd.

Racing: Raheen can foil mystery of Killer

THOSE FINELY-HONED racing brains which set the odds for Britain's biggest bookies will probably be feeling a little foggy this morning. With handicaps arriving from every point of the compass, normally cautious layers have gone price-happy, with William Hill, for instance, offering a list on no fewer than nine races from opening time this morning, which must be some sort of record. Overload the customers with opportunities, the theory seems to be, and they will soon be punting putty in our hands.

Racing: Supporters still loyal to Killer Instinct

KILLER INSTINCT was, rather surprisingly, all the rage with punters yesterday, despite several previous costly defeats.

Racing: Dettori Irish ban remains

FRANKIE DETTORI will have 10 days over the next two weeks to ponder just how much a minor alteration to his equipment may have cost him. Dettori travelled to Ireland yesterday to appeal against a total of 12 days' suspension imposed by stewards at The Curragh last month, but managed to talk his way out of only two. The most contentious part of his ban, seven days for wearing a defective back protector, was upheld.

Grassroots tell Blair to raise taxes

GRASSROOTS LABOUR Party members defied Tony Blair yesterday by demanding that the Government imposes tax rises on the middle classes and the rich.

Obituary: Sir Alexander Waddell

IN A career from cadet to governor, Alexander Waddell exemplified the finest characteristics of the Colonial Service.

Letter: Cash-strapped BBC

Sir: In your enthusiasm to say how well we'd done in building up our cash balance ("BBC cash pile may stop rise in licence", 18 June), you overlooked a couple of points.

Racing: Dee Pee Tee Cee on target for York prize

DEE PEE TEE CEE put on the style again to complete a four-timer in the easiest fashion under Terry Lucas at Hamilton yesterday. He has now earned a step up in class and will return to York, the scene of his third success of the term last Saturday, to have a crack at the John Smith's Cup on 10 July.

Holiday disasters: One holiday in Scotland was a misfortune, Damaris Graham thought, until she got careless and went to the Highlands

Iexperienced the Scottish Borders with a toddler and husband number one in his camper van in 1981. The van blew up between Hawick and Edinburgh as Emily regurgitated baked beans. Sheep with claggy bottoms watched me clean the sticky orange child in a mountain stream - with water previously glimpsed only in expensive bottles. Then the jolly AA man arrived to take us home.

The New Britain: Smith's legacy hailed by Blair

THE PRIME Minister invoked the memory of John Smith yesterday as he said the people of Scotland and Wales had completed the former Labour leader's "unfinished business" by rejecting independence in last week's elections.

Wednesday Book: Shedding light on darkness

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