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The handwritten book by Ebenezer Cobb Morley contains the 13 original laws of football

When the answer's no good, put it in the question

I HAVE recently received a letter from a schoolgirl who says that Mr Tony Blair is likely to make a visit to her school in the near future, and she is dreadfully afraid that she may be required to get up and ask him a question. What, she wants to know, should she ask, especially if she wants a straight answer?

Focus: Battle of the bashes

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The 'dirty campaign' to sink Dyke

IN PERHAPS the most vital week of his career in television, Greg Dyke is, according to his friends, sanguine, almost bemused at the maelstrom raging around him. He would like to be BBC director-general, they say, but is aware that the row about his pounds 50,000 donation to the Labour party has blown up out of his control.

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Radio: It might be wise to listen to this chap

The latest series of Reith Lectures (R4) started again on Wednesday. This is a more or less compulsory event for pundits and we all filed in dutifully, in spirit if not in body, to the Royal Institute. Reith Lectures have "important" stamped all over them on one side, and "of global significance" stamped on the other, so it was very appropriate that this time the subject was Globalisation. The speaker: Professor Anthony Giddens, director of the LSE, coiner of the phrase "The Third Way" and - as Melvyn Bragg, John the Baptist to Giddens's Messiah, put it in his brief introduction - Tony Blair's favourite guru. To be fair, this last phrase was, however faintly, in inverted commas.

Is there really intelligent life beyond the M25?

When people are well-known in London they are assumed to be well- known everywhere

LETTER: The curtain falls

LETTER:

Cold Call: Sally Chatterton rings Auberon Waugh

"SIR JACK Pitman began a throaty crescendo which ended in a sforzando bellow. He let out a string of ploppy farts, came joltingly in Lucy's joined hands, and shat spectacularly in his nappy."

And the abominations are...

No music, no controversy, no comedy; Nicholas Barber says the National Television Awards don't deserve the air time

A fortunate fool, all in all

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Man's world: Andrew Martin

TO ANY readers disappointed by the fact that this column is not written - as every other column in Britain is - by a television celebrity, I can only apologise, and point out that I have at least tried to break into the broadcast media.

Arts: Chapter & Verse

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When the gonging gets tough consult an old hand

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