When Cassius Clay went into orbit I found it difficult to understand why older sportswriters developed a prejudice against him

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Yeltsin returns to his Kremlin desk

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I'm too sexy for an overcoat;

This winter, writes Andrew Tuck, to freeze is to be deeply cool

Six of the best: Autumn coats

1Three-quarter length camel coat, Choice, pounds 59.99. Camel (or blond for those in the know) is still very much around. This coat is perfect for dressing up or down: good with jeans and a T-shirt or over a suit for the office. Choice, for nearest stockist call Freephone 0500 923923.

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The minuscule theatre at the Rudolf Steiner Centre proved, perhaps unexpectedly, a good setting for Handel opera: the authentic instrument orchestra of nine, spiritedly directed from the harpsichord by Christian Cumyn, shared the small stage with a steep ramp and the singers. The setting (designed by ffinlo Costain) encouraged cast and players to interact - the continuo, complete with theorbo, was particularly lively. It made the most of thin resources and left no room for anyone to hide. The violins occasionally sounded scrawny but, after some initial nervousness, all the musicians played with spirit and considerable stylishness.

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Marcel Marceau is the world's most famous mime artist. But mime has moved on. At 71, he now finds himself at war with the art form he helped to transform `Very often critics think what is old is passe. But we are not sure that the passe is not the future'

Winter do your worst: If you don't go for overcoats, a puffa will do. And if you don't go for puffas, God bless you, says Tony Glenville

French Connection pounds 100 Tough black nylon puffa with a faux fur collar and drawstring waist. Smart enough for city wear and practical enough for the country. Minimal styling means it won't date. From selected stores nationwide.
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