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The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Loch Ness monster makes waves on Internet

Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, could end up in court as a legal battle looms over use of his or her name. Las Vegas film company RLP claims to have bought the rights to the name Nessie from Walt Disney animator Ken Anderson who wrote Nessie and the Little Blind Boy. A film based on the book and spin-off merchandise are in production.

Lady in the Lake man tells of charge ordeal

Gordon Park, the husband of the Lady in the Lake, spoke yesterday about the ordeal of being charged with his wife's murder.

Dance: Fairytale ending

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Education: The pounds 26,000 saving to make a child go 34 miles to scho ol

Nine-year-old Eileen Grant may be the most expensive pupil in Britain's state schooling system. Highland Council fears it cannot afford the pounds 26,267 a year it costs to teach her in the remote school where she is the only pupil. Louise Jury looks at the youngster's options.

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Late autumn, and the Lake District is a uncrowded haven. Matthew Brace takes a tranquil hike up Cat Bells.

Leaning tower of the North makes a move on Pisa

Edinburgh is the `Athens of the North' and now Scotland has grounds to make a claim for an emerging `Pisa of the North'. Stephen Goodwin, Heritage Correspondent, reports on a monument on the move.

Play it again, Hamish

Loch Broom FM may be Britain's smallest radio station, but it inspires huge affection among its growing audience around Ullapool. It must be something to do with the Mac Archers and the midges. By Ken Stephinson

Man arrested in lake mystery

A man was yesterday under arrest by police hunting the killer of Carol Park whose body was in Coniston Water.

The truth is out there - somewhere

FLYING SAUCERS: Figments of imagination often with mundane explanations, such as weather balloons, aircraft, etc.

SCIENCE: Bookies cut odds on Nessie

Bookmakers yesterday slashed the odds on the Loch Ness monster emerging from its lair by the end of 1997. News of the discovery of a deep underwater cavern in the loch sent Ladbrokes into a panic, cutting its odds on the discovery of the monster this year by a third.

Labour backs lake speeding ban

Labour would ban speeding boats on Lake Windermere, Michael Meacher, the party's environment spokesman, has pledged.

Why today's man is losing his virility

Q: What links organic vegetables, London tap water, "gender-bending" chemicals, tight underpants and membership of the Mafia?

COMPETITION :WIN `SWAN LAKE' VIDEOS

Last year Swan Lake underwent a sex change. Matthew Bourne's radical production for Adventures in Motion Pictures famously swapped tutus for bare chests and rewrote the plot to create a powerful psychological drama. Now it's out on video (Warner Vision, pounds 14.99), and we have 25 copies to give away. For a chance of winning one, simply tell us which other current West End show has choreography by Matthew Bourne.

Letter: Trust motion had limited scope

Sir: Following your useful coverage of problems facing the National Trust ("Trust's old guard pulls up the drawbridge", 2 November), I write to comment on one point in your report of the subsequent debate at the AGM ("National Trust: We're no clique", 4 November), where a Members' Resolution asked for more information on the numbers of members voting on Members' Resolutions.

Scottish Open loses out to Loch Lomond

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