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TODAY'S NUMBER 53

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Charity concert: London Palladium

I was born in a trunk at the Prince's Theatre. Actually, I wasn't and nor was Frances Gumm, better known as Judy Garland. This week sees the 30th anniversary of the death of this irreplaceable performer - and the world's greatest gay icon - and in addition to a season of her films at London's Metro cinema, there's a one-off charity concert this Sunday. The frankly mind-boggling line-up includes such likely suspects as Garland's daughter Lorna Luft, Little Voice impersonator Jane Horrocks and Margaret O'Brien - who nearly stole Meet Me In St Louis from beneath Garland's nose. There are some unlikely suspects on board, too. Come on down, Sir John Mills, Max Bygraves and Vikki Carr.

People and Business: Shell change

ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL seems to have relaxed the tightening grip it was recently exerting on its operations around the world with a key job change yesterday.

Obituary: Boxcar Willie

FOR LECIL Travis Martin, a.k.a. Boxcar Willie, Saturday 14 April 1979 was a defining moment in his career. Handed a bare 15-minute slot at the 11th International Festival of Country Music at Wembley that Easter, the 47-year-old Texan brought the house down, propelling himself instantly toward a kind of superstardom.

Missouri keeps concealed arms ban

THE US gun lobby suffered a setback yesterday when the mid- Western state of Missouri voted to retain its ban on carrying concealed firearms.

Obituary: Mark Steinberg

WITH THE death of Mark Steinberg, the King's Road - that enduring symbol of Swinging London - has lost one of its more colourful (some might even say outrageous) characters. Not some celebrity restaurateur or hairdresser, but in fact the American-born maitre d' of Steinberg and Tolkien, a Tardis-like emporium that is home to the most extensive collection of vintage costume and period jewellery in Britain, if not the world. And not just any old costume, but the stuff of dreams.

US gun law put to vote for first time

CAMPAIGNERS ON either side of the vexed US gun debate will be watching Missouri today as it becomes the first state in the US to take a vote on the right to carry a firearm.

Sport: Book of the Week: Dwight Davis: The Man and the Cup by Nancy Kriplen

Dwight Davis: The Man and the Cup by Nancy Kriplen Edbury Press, pounds 16.99, hardback

Obituary: Lee Falk

"LOTHAR! WE'RE here! Another dimension!" cried Mandrake the Magician without moving his lips. "A world entirely different from our own!" Lothar grinned, holding hard to his fez. "Well, anyhow, it didn't hurt!"

Nato new recruits hail end of 'Iron Curtain divisions'

LESS THAN 10 years after freeing themselves from Communism and leaving the military orbit of the Soviet Union, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland yesterday completed their accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in a ceremony shot through with symbolism and emotion.

Manchester's space effort is launched

A FORMER toothpaste technician said he believed his team was on course to blast a human being into space after the launch of a 14ft rocket called The Tempest.

Major to advise company at centre of Astec furore

JOHN MAJOR, the former prime minister, has been appointed chairman of the European Advisory Council of Emerson Electric Company, the American group that provoked a storm of opposition in the City last year over its aggressive takeover tactics.

America's prickly exorcist

Capitalism has felt the ire of the Pope.

Podium: John Paul II: Resist the culture of death

Taken from a speech given by the Pope at Lambert Airport, St Louis during his visit to the US

Television Review: Stonehenge: Secrets of the Stones

VIEWERS CAN usually expect a certain level of intellectual rigour from a documentary on Channel 4 and, in that regard, Stonehenge: Secrets of the Stones was confusing. Until the final credits rolled, that is. Then it emerged that it was a Yorkshire Television production for the Discovery Channel.
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