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Cries & Whispers

ON MONDAY, I spent 40 minutes watching the video of summer blockbuster trailers that comes with this month's Empire magazine. Look, it was the Bank Holiday, and - what can I tell you? - I've always been a trailer fan. Handing over pounds 9 to peer at a screen not much larger than my TV probably has something to do with it, but up until now I've always felt cheated if I didn't get into the cinema auditorium as soon as the doors opened. Never mind the 20 minutes of irritations that awaited me: moving to let "latecomers" take their seats, enduring commercials I'd seen far too many times already. (Does anyone else scream when they hear the words "Reef Radio"? And who are those people who go to the cinema so rarely that they still laugh at the punchline, "Say bollocks to it, and enjoy the sunshine while you still can"?) The trailers made it all worthwhile. I could never tuck into the main course of the Feature Presentation without the hors d'oeuvres of the Coming Attractions.

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Enjoy Sunday lunch at Mezzo for pounds 10

The Independent and Independent on Sunday are giving you the opportunity to enjoy Sunday lunch at Mezzo. From just pounds 10 you can enjoy a 2 course lunch, or for pounds 17.50 a 2 course dinner. Every Independent diner will also receive a complementary glass of Champagne.

Some of Britain's best Italians

Walnut Tree Inn, Llandewi Skirrid, Abergavenny (01873 852797) Almost everyone's favourite Italian. Mediterranean dishes sit happily on the menu alongside Oriental influences and Welsh Llanover salt duck. Main courses from pounds 7.

Bluff should get them off the bit

Racing

Eating Out: Simply Heathcotes - Up north and mad fer it

SIMPLY HEATHCOTES Jacksons Row, Manchester M2 5WD. Tel: 0161 835 3536. Open Mon-Sat 11.45am-2.30pm and 6-11pm. Sundays 11.45am-9pm. Set lunch, two courses pounds 10.50, three courses pounds 12.50. Average a la carte price, pounds 25. Major credit cards accepted

PASSED/FAILED: Jennifer Paterson

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