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Sir: Further to the letter from Keith Richards, senior lawyer with the Consumers' Association (9 October), I am the managing partner of a large Midlands firm outside Birmingham. My firm has to maintain a full service, satisfactory to our clients, rewarding to our staff and profitable to our partners. I have no problem with knowing that my firm has staff who are perfectly able to give the correct answers to the Which? questions. My problem is how to match the knowledge to the inquirer at the time of inquiry.

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ROCK / That voodoo that they do so well: Rolling Stones - JFK Stadium: It was lift-off on Monday night for the latest Rolling Stones tour. David Usborne went among the fans at JFK Stadium in Washington to hear the first blast declared 'awesome'

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ART / 50 Happy returns - Mick Jagger will be 50 on 26 July, Keith Richards on 18 December. Among other things, they are great songwriters. But which of their 266 songs is the best? We asked 50 musicians, friends, critics and others to name their favourite

AT FIRST, 30 years ago, they didn't write their own songs. When they did, it was for all the wrong reasons. It was partly money - their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, liked the idea of double royalties - and partly rivalry: the Beatles did it, so they had to. Jagger & Richards never did match Lennon & McCartney, whether for range, originality, tunes, or reach - it was a lot harder to get 50 people to join in this exercise than the one we did for Paul McCartney's 50th birthday. But not being as good as the Beatles is not the same as not being good. And among British rock songwriters, Jagger & Richards come a distinguished second.

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ROCK / Adulation guaranteed - 'Or-right?': Mick Jagger talked to Giles Smith about his new solo album, life with the Stones and the night Ronnie Wood went down better than ever

THE Rolling Stones' office is an elegant terraced house in Wandsworth, south London, and when Mick Jagger arrives, you can hear his voice from two flights up, booming in the stairwell. 'Or-right?' Whenever Ronnie Wood comes to this office, the assistants raid the fridge for Guinness, and Lord knows what they get out when Keith Richards visits. But when Jagger turns up, they put the kettle on. He's wearing black jeans and a sleek blue shirt, buttoned to the neck around his tiny frame. And, in a room not short of soft furnishings, he chooses a stiff chair, sits restlessly and talks cheerfully about his new album in that drawl of his, in which the vowels float apart and the words melt into one another.
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