Travel Vibrant Guangzhou

Adjust your body clock and explore an exciting city en route, says Simon Calder

Football: Deadline extended to assist rescue bids for Palace

CRYSTAL PALACE'S administrator has extended the deadline for bidders for the financially-troubled First Division club until the end of this week. The move will allow the directors' consortium, which includes the acting chairman, Peter Morley, and the former director, Simon Hume-Kendall, three more days to finalise the details of its takeover plan.

Air steward saves heart attack victim, 83

A TENACIOUS senior air steward described yesterday how he saved the life of an 83-year-old grandmother after two brain surgeons considered giving up the battle to revive her.

Captain Moonlight: Glad to be your image consultant, Ma'am

AHOY! Come alongside and walk this way, why don't you? Because today, drawing on the Captain's early experience as a floor walker at Gamages, I am, respectfully, going to offer some discreet advice to HM The Queen, whose current dress sense, and, in particular, a very lively little number last week, is, I read, giving rise to some concern: 1) Check that wardrobe in the seventy-second bedroom at the back, third floor, the white MFI one with vanity panel, to see if your Mum left anything behind. She has quite an eye for a frock, you know. 2) Posh Spice, Your Majesty, shops at a splendid little place called Tarts in Waltham Cross, where you can pick up one of those handkerchief top efforts for as much as pounds 22.50. 4) And the Duke could wear it on his head when you're not using it. 5) I often liven up an old outfit by putting it in the washing machine at max temp with one of my replica footie shirts. But it looks as if you're wise to that. 6) Do you knit? We're only on dishcloths here so far, but there is talk of a pants suit. 7) Accoutrements can also - subtly! - liven up an "old number"; which is why I have sent you one of my exclusive black and silver enamel effect Moonlight Badges. Your servant, Maam! Next!

Football: Bankrupt Goldberg owes pounds 30m

MARK GOLDBERG, the former Crystal Palace chairman who took the First Division club into administration with debts of pounds 20m earlier this year, will be declared bankrupt on Monday with personal debts of pounds 30m, writes Nick Harris.

Exclusive! My tryst with Max

He destroyed Jeffrey Archer. Embarrassed Des Lynam. And broke the news of the Blair baby. But I rather think I have a better story for Max Clifford. `I'm carrying Alan Titchmarsh's secret love child,' I cry. `And I'll reveal all for just pounds 400,000!' So how about it, Max?

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Football Euro 2000: World tunes in for TV spectacular

THERE IS nothing Mickey Mouse about the Auld Enemy play-offs but that hasn't stopped IBM from buying the rights to screen England's second leg against Scotland next Wednesday live at Disneyland in Paris.

Indian Ocean: Pick a culture, any culture...

Mauritius: where a visit to a Hindi temple can be followed by a Chinese lunch, a French supper and an evening of Creole salsa.

Letter from Johannesburg: Crime shadow over Games

IN A burst of sound and laser light, South Africa launched its bid for football's 2006 World Cup. Well, not officially. The impressive Johannesburg Stadium extravaganza on Friday was the opening ceremony of the seventh All Africa Games - 6,000 athletes from 51 nations gathered for 10 days of competition.

City Life - Port Louis, Mauritius: Melting pot that is starting to boil over

THERE WERE Indian, African and Chinese faces in the crowd jostling to hand over fistfuls of rupees as the minutes ticked by to the start of the next race. The betting slips were in French but the horses had English names. Bookmakers called Herve Wong and S K Joomun chalked up the odds as sari-clad women studied form in La Gazett des Turfistes. In the stands, Creole, Urdu, English and Cantonese could be heard.

The island hopper's guide to the Indian Ocean

Imagine a perfect talcum-powder beach, palm-fringed and coral- necklaced. Multiply it by about a thousand, and you get the islands of the Indian Ocean. As a result, they play host to probably the world's highest concentration of honeymooners. So what is there to do, apart from hold hands? By Martin Symington

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On the street: Flower power dressing

Amy Jones sees who's blooming at a show of floral-inspired design

Monday book: A true champion of equality

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