Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

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MADRID - Is it a work of art, a national treasure, an eyesore or simply a load of old bull? Those who may have driven through Spain in the past 30 years will be acquainted with what is known here as the Osborne, or Veterano bull: a gigantic black creature, eerily life-like, its head and horns silhouetted against the light sky.

Nazi who saved Hitler is in Spain: Phil Davison in Marbella exposes the Odessa-style network protecting Otto Remer and other old Nazi officers

EVEN after Hitler survived an assassination attempt in his 'Wolf's Lair' in East Prussia 50 years ago today, the conspiring officers had a brief chance to grab power in Berlin and change the course of history. That they were not able to do so had a lot to do with a 31-year-old Nazi officer called Otto Ernst Remer, commander of the so-called Wachtbataillon Grossdeutschland, who was ordered by the conspirators to surround the Berlin ministries, but was persuaded by the Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels, to support the Fuhrer.

Don't advertise your loneliness: A single mother recalls her experiences after placing the sort of personal ad that attracts unhappy people

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Britons held

THREE Britons were being held by Spanish police after nearly 1.5 tons of hashish was seized in Marbella, the Foreign Office said. The three, all in their forties, are Dorothy Elizabeth Maggs, David John Powell and Peter Cole McIlroy.

The European Elections: Costa del Sol's expats keep low profile: Phil Davison in Marbella finds Spain's foreign residents are reluctant to engage in the machinery of Euro-voting

Only 7 per cent of Britons resident in Marbella and along the Costa del Sol have registered to vote on Sunday for Spanish candidates to the European Parliament. It is the first chance for Britons to vote in Spain but the statistics suggest few care enough, or that many prefer to keep a low profile when it comes to official bureaucracy.

Spain's female Wyatt Earp in the dock: Marbella's anti-corruption judge has made enemies on the Costa del Crime. Phil Davison reports

FOR Blanca Esther Diez, a 31- year-old judge from Marbella, tomorrow's will be her toughest case and the outcome is out of her hands. The judge will be in the dock, challenged by a system she has fought to prove is riddled with corruption.

BRIDGE / The partner who plays perfectly

THE tension always mounts when a grand slam has been reached. Even if you have a tempting alternative, a trump lead (assuming your opponents know what they are doing) is often best. On this deal from the recent Marbella tournament, it certainly gave declarer a few problems.

Obituary: Francis Loring

Francis Loring Gwynne-Evans (Francis Loring), singer: born 22 February 1914; assumed by deed poll 1943 the names Francis Loring Gwynne Evans- Tipping, reverted by deed-poll to his patronymic 1958; succeeded 1985 as 4th Bt; married 1937 Elisabeth Fforde-Tipping (two sons, one daughter; marriage dissolved 1958), 1958 Gloria Reynolds (one son, three daughters, one adopted son); died Marbella, Spain 29 December 1993.

TELEVISION / Petty distractions of the royal variety

IT'S a wonder actors don't get the bends, they whizz so recklessly up and down the social ladder. Last Tuesday night, in Between the Lines (BBC 1), Michael Kitchen was playing something scraped off on the lowest rung - a journalist. Last night he was at the top playing King. Just King. The credits didn't add a name and nobody in To Play the King (BBC 1), a follow up to the enjoyable House of Cards, breached etiquette by mentioning it.

Golf: Gloves off in Ryder Cup fight: Valderrama heading the race to stage 1997 contest. Tim Glover reports QBY: TIM GLOVER

IT IS no use asking Robert Trent Jones, the octogenarian golf course architect, to cast his vote on the venue for the 1997 Ryder Cup. It could come down to Valderrama, in the province of Cadiz, or Las Brisas, in the province of Malaga, and Trent Jones can hardly favour one or the other. He designed both.
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