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Two out of three children admit to cheating in school sports because they feel under pressure to win, according to a survey to be released today.

Food & Drink: Good taste: Oi! Bagel

Steve King is determined to bring us the bagel as it's known and loved in New York. Most Londoners relate this roll-with-a-hole to Brick Lane's all-night bagel bakeries, but Steve King has taken it upon himself to convince the British public that the bagel is a more exciting alternative to our undiscriminating love of soggy, over- chilled sandwiches. King is no stranger to baking, having successfully established several traditional bakeries, and can't really understand why bagels are not being guzzled in Britain the way they are Stateside. Of his recently completed fact-finding mission to the United States he says, "I couldn't believe how accommodating most of the big, bagel-producing companies were, they happily handed over their recipes which have probably been passed down over many generations." The origin of the bagel is still swathed in mystery. Most people are content to believe it was invented in America. There is, however, another school of thought: that the bagel originated in Poland. King relates the tale of a stirrup-shaped bread which was devised by an Austrian baker in 1683 as a tribute to the Polish monarch Jan Sobieski, who courageously kept the Turks out of Austria. But whatever its origins, King is sure that the secret of a good bagel lies in the cooking. Traditionally, bagels are first boiled and then baked to give them their characteristic chewiness. But King's company, Oi! Bagel, will only be steaming its bagels as this, apparently, produces a lighter texture which British people prefer. King doesn't mind whether we choose our bagels plain, onion, cinnamon and raisin, honey wheat, poppy, sunflower or sesame seed, just as long as we're prepared to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Aoife O'Riordain

Green light for Laing rail stake

JOHN LAING, the construction group, was yesterday given the green light to raise its stake in Chiltern Railways from 26 to 84 per cent.

Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the missing statue is solved

IT IS more than 70 years since Sherlock Holmes solved his last case, but he is still sent more than 40 letters a month to his rooms in Baker Street.

Property: Hot Spot Harlesden, North-West London- Trickle down in NW10

Jigsaw, Kookai, Next: these retailers serve up pricey fashions to the pesto set, who dine in cafes with accents. Harlesden has none of these trendy boutiques. It does have a Budgens, the glorified grocery posing as a supermarket.

Cricket: World Cup born in Melbourne

THREE CONSECUTIVE wet days at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 31 December 1970 to 2 January 1971 led, inadvertently, to an extraordinary upheaval. The Third Test between Ray Illingworth's and Bill Lawry's sides was abandoned without a ball being bowled and a conference took place between Sir Donald Bradman and Bob Parish representing the Australian Board of Control, Sir Cyril Hawker, the president of Marylebone Cricket Club, the treasurer, Gubby Allen, and the manager of the England side, David Clark.

Cricket: Historic vote passes two-division format

THE SPACE SHUTTLE may not have got off the ground yesterday, but English cricket blasted off into the 21st century as history was made at Lord's when the England and Wales Cricket Board voted overwhelmingly for a two-divisional County Championship beginning in the year 2000.

Cricket: Hopes are high for two divisions

IN LESS time than it takes an England side to lose an Ashes Test, 110 years of County Championship tradition is likely to go out the window. The 18 first-class counties and Marylebone Cricket Club meet over the next two days at Lord's to decide among other things whether the competition first set up in 1890 should enter the 21st century as a two-divisional entity.

Rail firm to cut peak-time trains

A RAIL company that has been penalised for cancelling too many trains is considering cutting a tenth of its timetable - the only way it says it can ensure a reliable service.

Motoring: My Worst Car; Gloria Hunniford's Austin Maestro: Her Maestro's voice

I'VE ACTUALLY been quite blessed with cars over the years. They have looked after me pretty well. I can still remember my first car, which was an Austin Mini estate. It meant everything to me and gave me freedom to go where I liked and do what I wanted.

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SHOPPING WITH... RUBY HAMMER: Frocks, flowers and a whole lot of brushes

MAKE-UP artist Ruby Hammer now uses her own brand of brushes and tools most of the time, but after 14 years in the business she has gathered "over 200 from loads of other people, including Shu Uemura, MAC, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier and Screenface." Hammer's heavy kit gets lugged around in a big black shoulder bag from Muji (enquires: 0171 323 2208), with several zip-lock bags inside, and a smart cosmetic tool box from Screenface (enquiries and mail order: 0171 221 8289) which she's had for a long time.

After 200 years, MCC finally votes to admit women

TIME FINALLY caught up with one of the last bastions of male chauvinism last night when the Marylebone Cricket Club agreed after 200 years to allow women into its membership.

Media: If you're in the know, you're in NoHo

The media industry's new home is in the wilds north of London's Oxford Street.

MCC in new vote to admit women

AFTER TWO centuries as a bastion of male chauvinism, the Marylebone Cricket Club is on the verge of allowing women to apply for membership.

Food for thought: It's only natural

As a host of new organic cafes, bars and restaurants are opening in the capital, naturally produced food finally seems to be shedding its lentils-and-brown-sandals image and becoming something that people actually want to go out of their way to experience.
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