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THE AMERICAN soul diva Gwen Guthrie is best remembered for "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But the Rent", one of the biggest dance anthems of the Eighties, which captured the public imagination with its catchphrase: "No romance without finance. You gotta have a J.O.B. if you wanna be with me." Over the course of a varied career, the disco star contributed to dozens of albums as a composer, lead and backing vocalist and was one of the first recording artists to raise money for the fight against Aids.

Monitor: Pre-millennial cynicism as shown in the world's newspapers

KEYS, WHICH symbolised the high-consumption and security-conscious century, will not make it far into the next. Nor will the typewriter, the fountain pen, light switches or the transistor. The garages of the 21st century will be full of record collections, tinned foods, Happy Meal toys, floppy disks, aprons, CD radios, useless kitchen appliances, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus books, can openers and posters of Che Guevara.

Puccini opera returns home to Peking

IT WILL be an event which sums up the Chinese century. The stage is the Forbidden City's ancestral temple, where emperors worshipped their dynastic forebears until the last incumbent, Pu Yi, was ejected in 1924, and which the Communists re-opened as the Workers' Cultural Palace. The story is Turandot, Giacomo Puccini's lavish opera about the cruel but beautiful Chinese Emperor's daughter who had her suitors beheaded if they could not answer her riddles - just the sort of plot which the Chinese tend to dismiss as a Western slur on their great civilisation. And the director is Zhang Yimou, the renowned film-maker, some of whose films are still banned in China, and whose only previous experience of opera was the socialist epics permitted by Madame Mao during the Cultural Revolution. All in all, under the masterful baton of the conductor Zubin Mehta, the $15m (pounds 9m) open-air production is a most improbable operatic extravaganza.

Going Higher: Resort to areas far from the tourist traps

While Wales and the south-west are cheaper than London, some towns can still be costly because of the holiday market. If you are on a budget, consider studying in a more remote area

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Czechs target McDonald's in G8 protest

THE DAMAGE might have been small, but the ideological symbolism of violence in the streets of Prague at the weekend was of greater significance.

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We spend three years of our lives eating, so could a diet of take- aways free up valuable time? Tim Hulse put the theory (and his stomach) to the test

Football: Loftus Road the first stop for Jamaica

The hype is growing as the pride of the Caribbean prepare for their appearance in the World Cup. Nick Harris reports

South Africa's new underclass: poor whites

KITTY VAN ZYL throws another batch of homemade sausage fritters in the frying pan. Nearing the end of another nightly cook-in for hundreds of neighbourhood children and adults, she complains bitterly in her native Afrikaans about indifference to human misery.

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why are they famous?: Mona Bauwens

MAIN CLAIM: Mr David Mellor, that esteemed former Minister for Fun. Mona is very faintly famous-ish in a "Who?" "Oh her... " manner, yet she was not even the interesting sex-in-a-Chelsea-strip partner in the whole affaire Mellor. However, Mona, whose Palestinian connections featured in her MP friend's resignation, is now about to publish a book on the rise of the empowered woman. "I'm a writer," explains the socialite.

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Be your own boss? Maybe

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