TELEVISION / Mining a rich seam of Lancastrian comedy

LINE of the week emerged from All Quiet on the Preston Front (BBC 1). I know that we haven't got very far in yet and Absolutely Fabulous is still to come, so no guarantees are offered, but I doubt it will be bettered. Susan Wooldridge uttered it, pleading for her little daughter to be left alone by the girl's biological father. She was getting confused, she explained, and it was all 'clattering round her head like a button in a Hoover'. I had a bit of trouble dislodging the line myself, it was such a lovely mixture of domestic bathos and accuracy, exactly catching that mental rattle that occurs when you can't quite pin down what's worrying you.

City cheers MMC verdict on British Gas: Relying on the UK market

BRITISH Gas is heavily reliant on the UK gas market for its profits, accounting for about three-quarters of its operating income of pounds 1.2bn last year, writes Neil Thapar.

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New Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club race HQ opened

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Obituary: Elfrida Vipont

AS ONE of the many sixth-formers from the nine Quaker Schools who, over 15 years ago, met Elfrida Vipont on the 'School's Pilgrimage' to the Quaker Country around her home, may I add my recollections of this delightful lady? writes Deborah Richards (further to the obituary by Nicholas Tucker, 26 June).

Market Report: Footsie falls to its lowest level of the year

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