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Don't have kittens if you expect twins

With multiple births on the rise in Britain, Jasmine Birtles shows how expectant parents can soothe their financial worries

Right of Reply: Jules Stewart

A member of the Notting Hill Action Group responds to Ann Treneman's article on Saturday

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Views on the sartorial choices of the actresses Liz Hurley and Julia Roberts

IS SHE ALL MOUTH?

`Pretty Woman' won her stardom - if not critical acclaim. But with `My Best Friend's Wedding' and `Conspiracy Theory', Julia Roberts is showing signs that she can act as well as flirt

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Dilemmas: Finally, it's a matter of what would make your child happier

Whether parents should stay together for the sake of the children is a question that not only has no universal answer, but seems to have different answers at different stages in children's lives. If asked, children often say they would prefer their parents to stay together, but change their tunes when they're adults. As always, parents are usually in the wrong, whatever they do.

FILM / OTHER NEW RELEASES: The stuff that dreams are made on: Kafka (15), Director: Steven Soderbergh (US/Fr); The Pelican Brief (12), Director: Alan J Pakula (US); Cool Runnings (PG), Director: Jon Turteltaub (US); Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses, Director: Aki Kaurismaki (Fin)

One morning Franz Kafka woke up and found himself transformed into a giant movie star. For it is a curious fact that, while FK and his works wouldn't exactly seem to make for feel-good, high-concept entertainment, they have been a consistent magnet for talents from Orson Welles to Steven Berkoff to Alan Bennett. Steven Soderbergh was to regret his particular encounter with the gloomy Czech: Kafka, his follow-up to sex, lies and videotape, was nuked with a rare and vicious relish by American critics two years ago and widely deemed unreleasable, although this is less a reflection on the quality of this ambitious film than on the increasing conservatism of cinema audiences. Soderbergh himself still stands, and rightly, by it.
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