Hard as they battled, Glasgow were no match for a glittering Toulon side, who sailed into the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup as the winners of pool two after a 15-8 victory powered by Jonny Wilkinson’s boot.

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Proust, Dostoevsky? No, simply the holiday diary of a duchess

Students of parody were last night wondering how they could possibly better the efforts of the Duchess of York, who this week publishes her holiday diary in the Spectator.

Parma gain place in Champions' League

European round-up

Parma force Juventus to delay title celebrations


Football:Parma prepare for Milan and Juventus

Second-placed Parma will need to beat Milan at home tonight to keep up the pressure on the Italian Serie A leaders, Juventus.

Zola ready for his English translation

Glenn Moore hears Chelsea's latest Italian import look forward to his new career at Stamford Bridge

The King and the former princess

Two verses, two views of life. A year after Kingsley Amis's death, Christopher Hitchens finds much to mourn still

Three and a half hours of exquisite boredom


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Although they both centred round the figure of vocalist Maddalena Crippa, and involved exactly the same forces, the two halves of this performance given by the Teatro Stabile di Parma in the sumptuous surroundings of Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre could hardly have been in greater contrast. The first half consisted of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, while part two involved a selection of Italian canzone - popular songs of the Twenties and Thirties.

Stoichkov heads back to Barcelona

Stoichkov heads back to Barcelona

live Verdi Festival: La Traviata; Alzira Royal Opera House, London

It was love at first sight. Just as it will be for their next performance. And their next. Opera's golden newly-weds, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, now have an obligation to their public. Indeed, such has been the media's appetite for pushing at the boundaries between life and art that it came as something of a relief to find Miss Gheorghiu's Violetta in such excellent health. Her well-deserved triumph on Monday night gave further notice of a career which is already delivering more than it promised only a couple of seasons back.

England coach in demand

Terry Venables, who stands down as England coach after Euro 96, could return to club management before the start of next season.

Parma violets and fishy nylons

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