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GOING OVER THE TOP, NIAGARA STYLE

With up to 24 million gallons of water surging over their rocky sides every minute, the Niagara Falls are awesomely powerful, writes Sasha Abramsky. But Niagara Falls town could pass for a turn-of-the-century British resort

Painted into a corner

The new National Gallery of Scottish Art in Glasgow risks missing the big picture by opting for the parochial.

Rank pays $410m for Hard Rock rights

Peter Morton, one of the co-founders of the Hard Rock cafe chain, and his partners yesterday landed a $410m (pounds 266m) windfall after Rank announced a deal to buy out the remaining world-wide rights in the business.

Live / Ash Sheffield Octagon

You know tonight is going to be good just by glancing at the merchandise stall. Ash have T-shirts stamped with the slogan "Domination, Teenage, Bi-Sexuel", a sign they spotted on tour in Bangkok. At least one of those words is the truth and not just showing off. As their early singles proclaimed, the Belfast threesome are "Guaranteed Real Teenagers".

OBITUARY : Gunther Wallenda

Gunther Wallenda was one of the few male members of his world- renowned circus family, the Great Wallendas, to die a natural death in old age. He was 68 and died from a heart attack.

Don't you know that it's different for girls?

In the era of Sarah Cook and Sugar, who'd be a boy? They are labelled boorish, ignorant and only after one thing. In fact, they are no match for those emotional terrorists, girls

Surfing the Matterhorn; TRAVEL

What can the intrepid do in the Alps in summer? Hurl

Oklahoma suspect cashes in

US/ McVeigh 'the next OJ'

Niagara Falls barrel traveller in deep water

St Catharines, Ontario (AP) - An American who went over the Niagara Falls in a barrel has been fined and is being held pending an immigration hearing.

Getting on with getting old: There's no fool like an old fool, but Eric Newman says it is possible to defy brain rot

BEING FIFTY or sixty- something, and suddenly out on your ear - or occupationally challenged, as the politically correct would have it - can be a daunting experience. But take heart, fellow sufferers. More famous men than us have enjoyed a comeback after being cut off in their prime (Napoleon) or having their prime cut off (Bobbitt).

BOOK REVIEW / Death-defying dances to the music of time: Evangelista's fan and other stories by Rose Tremain: Hamish Hamilton pounds 14.99

IF Rose Tremain ever puts a foot wrong in one of these stories, it comes as quite a shock, such are her spoilingly high standards and the dependability of her finely tuned prose. A small snatch of dubious Nashville dialogue and one twee ending - otherwise you can scarcely fault this collection.

Happy Anniversary: A look back at the week ahead

SOME of the more curious anniversaries of the week ahead.

FOOD AND DRINK / In which we are catered into submission

Accidents happen in life, but too many in succession suggests that something else is at work. I have had bad meals; there are houses where I know I am going to have a bad meal; there are places where I don't expect to eat well; but I have seldom had a succession of bad meals in different places, as I did last weekend.

Letter: The truth about English tourists

Sir: I refer to the letter from Melissa Rapp (17 January). As a regular tourist to the US, I am appalled by the sweeping and vitriolic attack by Ms Rapp. To categorise all English tourists as she has done is to place all American tourists in the 'loud trousers and loud voice' category.

Culture clash over Canada killings

THE case alone is gruesome enough. But the pending murder trial of Paul Teale has acquired even greater notoriety - a cross-border culture clash where Canadian customs have seized US newspapers and which pits one country's insistence on freedom of the press against another's belief that a defendant's right to a fair trial must have absolute priority.
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