Don’t go in expecting this season’s designs for £4.50. But you can find the odd gem


Barefoot through the bazaar,

In the sticks: Yes, children, your mother is a bag lady

WHEN I was married, which feels like several incarnations ago - the sort of thing you might uncover after hypnosis - preparing for the start of the new school year was like the mobilisation of the Russian Army for the First World War. Six weeks was the bare minimum to allow supplies and transport to be in a stage approaching combat readiness. Everything had to be bought, name-taped, washed, ironed and ready almost before the end of the summer term.

Letter: Peaceful bazaar

Sir: Your statement that "tomorrow the President of the Board of Trade opens what amounts to an arms bazaar for South Africa" (leading article, 26 May) is a complete travesty. What I am actually doing is launching a campaign promoting a range of sectors, of which arms is not one - as your own news report makes clear.


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Pat Yale tangles with Turks off the tourist trail in Urfa, and finds herself where east meets west

The Government may know your secrets, but who told them?

If there are files about him to be seen, says David Aaronovitch, he want to know whats in them

Interior motives: Restoring faith

Rummaging is undoubtedly a great British tradition and many of us are never happier than when we're up to our neck in bric-a-brac at the local car boot sale. Generations have been reared on the historic jumble sale tradition. It's all part of the something for nothing, could- be-worth-a-few-million-in-a-couple-of-thousand-years, Antiques Roadshow mentality.

Everest Diary: Namche Bazaar - It's rough, but even Robert Redford stay ed here

IT'S SNOWING steadily. The traders of Namche Bazaar have covered over their displays of Tibetan trinkets, carpets and outdoor gear with plastic sheets and are sheltering in shop doorways.

US wrestlers welcomed in Tehran

MEMBERS of a United States wrestling team went shopping at a Tehran bazaar yesterday, attracting Iranian well-wishers eager to have their photos taken with the first American sports team in Iran since the 1979 revolution.

Books: Floating artist of the postwar world

D J Taylor heads for the Antipodes and unloads the secret cargoes of British life

Book Review: Days by James Lovegrove

Monday's book

Letter: Chance to curb the arms bazaar

Sir: Jack Lang's call for the French government to follow Robin Cook's lead on an ethical approach to arms exports is significant ("French take up Cook's arms challenge", 13 August). The key to responsible control of the arms trade lies in international co-operation to defeat the argument "If we don't sell, someone else will."

WORDS OF THE WEEK; Taking the mickey out of France

`Everything was themed, and it came as a minor relief to note that the sparrows did not fly in wearing Dumbo outfits. Everything, that is, except the toilets. This was a disappointment.'

Fishing: Mayflies but wind doesn't

fishing lines

Lethal cyclone hits Bangladesh

More than 350 people were killed when a cyclone swept Bangladesh's flat coastal region yesterday, according to newspaper reports, which said that more than 100 people died in the islands of Maheshkhali, Kutubdia and Saint Martin's. Some 250 were killed in Cox's Bazaar and 2,000 people were believed injured in the port city of Chittagong, and about 100 fishermen from the coastal district of Patuakhali were missing at sea. Official sources confirmed only nine deaths, but said the figures could go up today.
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