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Temporary power firm Aggreko — responsible for keeping the lights on and the cameras rolling at the last World Cup in South Africa and at the London 2012 Olympics — has been chosen by FIFA to perform the same duties across 12 different venues in Brazil.

Panama can crack the Vase: Racing

If the Romans who built Chester ever raced horses on the Roodeye, you can be sure that someone was forever complaining that the big race on the first day of the May meeting was a lousy pointer to forthcoming events at Londinium and Eboracum. A similar charge will no doubt be levelled against the Chester Vase today, as pundits with a persistent grudge against the track's unique contours remind us that no Vase winner has gone on to win the Derby since Shergar in 1981. Those with a more broad-minded view of the future, however, will pay close attention to its outcome.

Mexican nave

The spirit of the Mayans is alive and well in Chiapas.

Search grows for missing boat

While the party celebrations were being cranked up in Perth for the return of the Australian Navy with Tony Bullimore and Thierry Dubois, fears grew for the Canadian yachtsman Gerry Roufs, who also disappeared in the Vendee Globe race.

Four bids for Forest

JON CULLEY

Broker facing censure over Optical flotation

Leading Alternative Investment Market broker Gerrard Vivian Gray is likely to face Stock Exchange censure over the failure of its client Rupert Galliers- Pratt to disclose his directorships in a string of failed companies before his current company, Optical Care (Bermuda), was admitted to AIM in February.

Drugs money donated to Panama's president admits to drugs money helped to elect Panama president says used leader admits drugs

Uncannily mirroring the situation in neighbouring Colombia, Panama's President Ernesto Perez Balladares admitted yesterday that his 1994 election campaign had received funding from Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel.

the open verdict

Anyone who wears high heels in summer is brave, or mad. Thank goodness then that this summer fashion lets you off the hook, because strappy, flatty, thongy things are in. You can pay a couple of hundred pounds for a designer named flip-flop, and the leather will be softer, but really the high street versions are better. Oasis, Clarks and Dorothy Perkins have excelled themselves this season with sandals starting from around pounds 12. The subject of sweaty feet has raised its toe on these pages of late: so make sure the insoles of your sandals is leather, otherwise your feet will slide around like a syrup on a bald man's head when the weather turns hot. Also worth remembering, although not featured here, are more casual sandals such as Birkenstocks (0800 132194) and Panama Jacks (01582 765774), they are comfortable beyond belief. It's also worth spending a few minutes pampering your feet - hard skin and claw-like toe nails defeat the object of a pretty sandal.

Pedal to the metal

Phil Johnson gets next to a stack of recent jazz releases. They, in turn, get next to him

TOPPING OUT

Elegant, light and strong, the Panama is a legend among sunhats, beating even the pith-helmet for ambivalent allure. It has featured on the world's most discerning heads since the 19th century, but its method of production - backbreakingly primitive - is unchanged

Dassault arrest warrant to rock France and Belgium

A Belgian court has issued an international warrant for the arrest of Serge Dassault, the head of France's only private aerospace company, in a case which has the potential to rock the political and business establishments of both countries.

Another bank holiday and it's open house again

By the end of the long weekend, millions of visitors will have trooped around our historic houses. But what's it like for the people who live there? Jill Tunstall talks to two families whose home is their castle

Let's get the book on the road

Getting published isn't enough. Now novelists have to charm the booksellers. Peter Guttridge went on the schmooze with The Future of Fiction, four writers in search of a window-display

THEATRE Slaughter City, RSC Pit, London

Naomi Wallace's blood-stained account of American industrial relations offers large dollops of symbolism, but no slice of life.

Duran makes the running

Boxing

BRAVE NEW WORLD?

Like latter-day Pilgrim Fathers, a band of Britons plans to cross the Atlantic and build Utopia. They've even put in an offer for an island. But can Tony Craig and his followers realise their dream before it all turns sour?
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If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine