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If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

JFK slumping forward. Jackie scrambling back. Twenty-six seconds of blurred film footage still replaying in the minds of Americans 35 years after it was shot. A priceless piece of history. But one that now comes with an $18.5 million price tag

Thirty-five years ago this Sunday, an unassuming Dallas dressmaker named Abraham Zapruder decided to take advantage of the location of his office. It was just off Dealey Plaza, across the road from the School Books Depository Building. Later that morning, President John F Kennedy would be passing by in an open-top limousine. He would take a few moments off to go outside and witness the motorcade.

The damage: More than half a million people die in Britain every year. Melanie Clulow looks at the grave business of going out in style

Since the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, last year, "Candle in the Wind" has replaced "Abide with Me" as Britain's favourite send- off song. But the British approach to funerals was already undergoing a transformation before that.

The dizzy life of Davos man

Every year, on a magic Alpine mountain, the monarchs of capitalism assemble their courtiers and meet to plot all our futures. Is the world safe in their hands? Richard Sennett thinks not

Diana bodyguard to sue Paris Ritz

TREVOR REES-JONES, the bodyguard who survived the crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales, brought a legal action yesterday against the Ritz Hotel in Paris for its role in events leading to the accident. The move could lead to criminal charges against senior managers of the hotel, which is owned by Mr Rees-Jones' former employer, Mohamed al-Fayed.

Pay now, get buried later

Pre-paid plans ensure that you get tomorrow's service at today's prices, writes Sarah Jagger

All abroad for the best year of your life

For some, a year off between school and university or starting work is the chance to have a really big adventure. But you don't have to cross whole continents for it, as Serena Kutchinsky explains

Diana inquiry: Rival camps play out the drama on the small screen

YESTERDAY'S meeting of the main surviving players in the drama surrounding the death of the Princess of Wales was the culmination of a week of claim, counter-claim and recrimination.

Rolls-Royce sale expected this week

VICKERS will announce the identity of the new owner of the Rolls- Royce car maker this week.

Small, cute and sexy - a rare breed

Kitten heels are sexy stilettos that you can actually walk in. If you can find a pair, that is

Film: Waiting for Oscar

Oscarologists are already denoting 1998 the year of the Brit, but don't they say that every year? Four out of the five nominees for Best Actress are from these shores, but the pessimistic money is on Helen Hunt for her role in As Good As It Gets. Lest we forget, in 1984 the Union Jack all but monopolised the Best Actor nominations: Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney were up for The Dresser, Michael Caine for The Honorary Consul and Tom Conti for Reuben Reuben. But the winner was Robert Duvall for his all-American C&W drunkard in Tender Mercies. And let's not forget last year's haul of nominations for Brenda Blethyn, Emily Watson and Kristin Scott Thomas, who collectively lost out to Frances McDormand. Scratch the surface of every British actor who says on the day that they're simply happy to participate in this uniquely American celebration, and underneath there's a cynic who sees the event for what it really is. What Colin Welland really meant is that the British are coming second.

This little piggy had a sorry end

TO THE Belgo Centraal, an alleg-edly famous restaurant in Cov- ent Garden, to meet a President Clinton lookalike (though not behavealike, of course) in the shape of Robert Sturdy, the Tory MEP for East Anglia, or some such vast tract of the countryside - much of which he owns. It seems that Comrade Sturdy, who made his fortune out of renting road-rollers to unsuspecting councils, had one of those escaped Tamworth-style pigs on his north Yorkshire farm. As a piggy-wig should, it lived in the woods by day and devoured his potato fields by night. And, like a true tyke romantic, Sturdy had it shot. Small wonder that he chose the wild boar sausages for lunch.

Advice to ministers: spend less on yourselves

Memorandum from the PM

Ministers too fond of their limousines

Half a million civil servants have been told to let the train take the strain. But the message has not reached some parts of the Cabinet, parliamentary answers have revealed.

SEEN & HEARD

Baroness Blackstone, the cerebral minister in charge of trying to bring drop-outs back to learning, had her own brush with disaffected youth. As her ministerial limousine stopped at traffic lights in north London, three young squeegee merchants started to clean the car windows. One of them looked about ten and the others were not much older.

people in fashion; The man who makes the fabrics of society

Nigel Atkinson's luxurious fabrics have graced many a runway - for other designers. His own creations are just as covetable. Imogen Fox reports
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The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
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Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

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Berlusconi's world of sleaze: The astonishing lifestyle once enjoyed by Italy's former PM

Berlusconi's world of sleaze

The astonishing lifestyle once enjoyed by Italy's former PM
Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Films and theme parks are just the beginning. Disney believes its control of the now decades-old franchise can bring in merchandise and marketing millions for years to come
Could the golden age of the gaming arcade ever be revived in the era of the Xbox?

Could gaming arcades be revived?

The days when coin-ops were the only way to play the latest video games are gone. But a small band of enthusiasts are keeping the button-pushing dream alive
Edinburgh Fringe 2015: The 'tampon tax' has inspired a new wave of female comedians to reclaim period jokes

Heard the one about menstruation?

Yes, if you have been at the Fringe, where period pieces are taking centre stage