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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.

Abe looks on as the Savoy heads west

THE Savoy Group's 109th and final annual general meeting was an emotional affair. As the group has been bought for pounds 520m by Blackstone Real Estate, the American investment group, it seemed fitting that the last meeting was held yesterday in the Lincoln Room under the gaze of Honest Abe himself. He was the oldest person in the room, but not by much.

Cricket: Blair adds weight to MCC complaints

THE Prime Minister has criticised the vote last week which saw the Marylebone Cricket Club keep the door slammed firmly shut on women as members.

Women stumped by MCC old guard

IN the end, it was a mixture of apathy and conservatism, plus the grim prospect of colour- coordinated furnishings in the Long Room, that swung it. Marylebone Cricket Club last night beat off the latest challenge to its 211-year ban on women members.

Customers savage rail firms

PASSENGERS on many private train companies say they are suffering from a poor service, according to a government report released yesterday.

Books: Blackshirts at home

Mosley's young fan loved his mum, and his mum hated Jews. Then the truth emerged... Julia Pascal tells a very English tale

Vice trade bids farewell to Madame Stiletto

It was an extremely ostentatious funeral for one of the most shadowy figures of recent years. Madame Stiletto who controlled one of the biggest prostitution rackets in the West End for almost four decades has died.

Morrison guilty of using impostor

The self-styled bad boy of pop, Mark Morrison, was found guilty yesterday of sending an impostor to carry out laundry work and other community service chores imposed by a court for violence. The Return of the Mack singer was trapped after journalists, working with a private detective, photographed the imposter outside the day centre where he had carried out the work.

Food stuff: This little piggy goes upmarket

It used to be beef sausages if you lived in the north, pork in the south and a bit of both of you were in Wales.

Why jail can be the key to acquiring a Monopoly

Going to jail can be the key to success. At least, that's the way to win the board game Monopoly, according to Tom Friddell, a US computer expert.

Travel: Reopened rail line could relieve M40

A rail line closed to passengers for 40 years could re-open. The pounds 3m scheme would create a new station at Aston Rowant in Oxfordshire - close to junction six on the M40 between Birmingham and London, which is being badly affected by delays caused by long-term roadworks.

FOR THE RECORD: Quotes

Would the Foreign Secretary not agree, that given what happened on September 16, 1992, our rejoining the ERM would be like a dog returning to its vomit?

Mayor Archer. The lord's obsession

The peer has already set his sights on the possible top job in London. By Ian Burrell

Soho's swinging? Hoxton's hip? That was last week...

Now Clerkenwell's commercial. Notting Hill? Naff. So where's it at? begs Eleanor Bailey

Wine: Chain reaction

If the name Nicolas recalls nothing beyond a litre of plonk with a plastic stopper, you can't have taken on board the firm's smart London off-licences. If you have, you will have been pleasantly surprised - provided you want wines from France. The New World is not Nicolas's strong suit; France is. And, with an excellent vintage in 1996, particularly in the Loire, Nicolas is the place to find unusual wines - and the best gift- wrapping in town.

Passengers take the strain down the telephone

An Independent reporter, posing as a passenger who wants the cheapest return fare from London to Birmingham next Tuesday morning, is told that the best price is pounds 57.50 return from Euston to Birmingham New Street on Virgin West Coast.
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