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I OFTEN find that when there's a lull in a topical conversation I cannot think of anything to say that will make me seem either intelligent or well-informed in front of my fellow men and women.

Media: The editor who broke Archer

Naomi Marks was at the News of the World, shadowing editor Phil Hall, when the Jeffrey Archer story went to press. She saw him deal with his biggest scoop this year - and ring his wife for advice

The Archer Affair: Francis `has taped Archer for 20 years'

TED FRANCIS, the television producer and writer whose revelations caused Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare to step down from the race to become mayor of London, has been taping his conversations with the Tory peer for 20 years.

The Archer Affair: The lord in the penthouse is now down and out

JEFFREY ARCHER was a haunted man last night. Not only was there the prospect of a criminal investigation for persuading a friend to provide a false alibi, there was also the matter of civil action from Express Newspapers for the recovery of the massive damages and costs following the Monica Coghlan libel case. And hischerished political career was truly over.

A perfect scoop, or was it? The press certainly said so

f Cherie Blair hadn't got morning sickness already, the papers might just have brought it on. Blooming Cherie clutching a tabloid's bouquet, pages and pages of baby bliss, fashion advice for mothers-to-be ... everything bar a cut-out-and-keep guide to making your very own Blair babe.

Friend who turned against peer: The Archer affair


How Max Clifford acted as midwife to `the scoop of the millennium'

SO, HOW did The Mirror get the story? The rumour among lobby journalists last night was that Cherie Blair had visited a seamstress to let out one of her dresses. And a third party may have then tipped off the paper.

Woman goes public over Glitter sex case

THE WOMAN who re-ignited the row over chequebook journalism by giving evidence in a sex abuse case against the pop singer Gary Glitter in return for pounds 25,000 waived her right to anonymity yesterday to explain why she sold her story.


The Independent on Sunday is on a weasel hunt - to expose the fibs, lies, and obfuscations used by the powerful to justify and excuse themselves. E-mail us at weaselwords@ independent.co.uk. Or write to 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Here is a choice of Weasels of the Week:

Glitter `sexually assaulted' fan aged 14 for years

THE POP star Gary Glitter repeatedly sexually assaulted a 14-year- old fan after befriending her at one of his concerts, a court was told yesterday.

Rugby Union: Bath's travelling circus heads for The Stoop

THANKS TO John le Carre, the nerve-centre of Britain's espionage community will forever be known as "The Circus". There are clear parallels here with Bath Rugby Club, not simply because the workforce have performed like clowns in their pre-season friendlies, but because the coaches are now so secretive about who will be playing, and where, that they are in danger of making George Smiley resemble Max Clifford. And, like all closed societies, they are leaking information by the gallon.

The Guillotine: Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last No 31: T E LAWRENCE

There were, as has frequently been observed, several T E Lawrences. He was an archaeologist, a soldier, a diplomat and, of course, a writer. He was both a myth and a mythomaniac, a not uncommon combination in the 20th century. He was also the idealised protagonist of a famous - some would say classic - movie biopic, David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

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