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EVEN TRADERS have families, though if they live anywhere but London, there's rarely time to visit them. My mother thinks London is a frightful place, even for a visit, with a population that consists entirely of muggers and people in a hurry. "And everyone's so rude," she says, wide-eyed, as if 30 Women's Institute members waiting right in front of the ticket barriers at Tottenham Court Road Underground station while one of their number buys peppermints doesn't count as provocation.

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It handled atrociously - well, it was six cars glued together

Design: Oh TV, I worship thee

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`Flaming Ferrari' trader resigns

ONE OF THE group of city traders known as the "Flaming Ferraris" resigned yesterday, amid allegations of improper dealing. Adrian Ezra, 31, one of the group's leading figures, was suspended from his job last week, with another senior executive, David Crasanti, and James Archer, the son of Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare. The men all work for Credit Suisse First Boston.

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AT LAST, fetish comes to the ski slopes. Visitors to the small Alpine village of Vars will notice that the place is teeming with brightly coloured rubber-clad not-quite-human beings. This is because Vars is a mecca for speed skiers, who gather here to compete at zooming down near- vertical, ice-covered slopes. Not for the fainthearted, their sport is to plunge off a snowy plateau some 3,000m high. Ideal conditions are no wind and as hard a slope as possible, which must be scraped smooth: the tiniest bump can mean a wipe-out.

Motoring: Like a Ferrari in a Savile Row suit

A saloon that performs like a supercar, the BMW M series is a superb second-hand buy.

Motoring: Vroom at the top

For the price of a super mini, you could own a supercar, though keeping it on the road may ask more of your pocket. What's it to be, asks Michael Booth, Metro or Maserati?

The toff is dead. Long live the toff

It is tempting to see Bristol's life as the last spasms of the gene pool of the aristocracy

Stop making scents

At pounds 280 a bottle, Amouage makes Coco look like any old Charlie. Not many people can afford it. Which is exactly what the makers want. Because if it carried a pounds 2.80 price tag, you couldn't pour it away...

Club of the Week: The Lick @ Emporium

Since it underwent a recent refurbishment, Emporium has been crying out for a sure-fire venue filler and in The Lick! they've found one.

Motoring: I'M THE TORQUE OF THE TOWN

Even without a lottery win there is a way to get behind the wheel of a vintage Porsche and live in a mansion for the weekend. Master of self-sacrifice Michael Booth finds out

No totty, no lurve - but that's the way US teenagers like it ...

"I was raped at the prom, a victim's story"; "One-of-a-kind dresses, win your favourite" - these cover lines could only exist together in the US. They are taken from the April edition of Teen People, the newest title from Time Inc, which looks set to redefine the teenage magazine market in the US, and could have a knock-on effect here.

Italy's speedsters race for the stock market

Ferrari, Ducati and Lamborghini all plan to go public. Robert B Cox reports
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