CONSPIRACY THEORY Director: Richard Donner Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart (15)

There is a sequence about 30 minutes into this initially promising thriller which suggests that there may be something more to what we're seeing than meets the eye. As a paranoid New York cabbie and the brains behind a conspiracy theory newsletter, Mel Gibson seems at first like your usual opinionated, motor-mouthed taxi-driver. The film opens with him detailing various conspiracy theories to hapless passengers who simply stare in amazement at his ability to talk - and talk drivel - without taking a breath.

Accused man attacked in the dock

A man accused of murdering 18-year-old Eliza Ward in the Belfast restaurant where they both worked was attacked in the dock at a magistrates' court yesterday. Gerard Patrick Stewart, 20, of Iris Drive, Belfast, had just been remanded in custody when a man raced from his seat and forced his way into the dock. He grabbed Stewart by the neck and started to punch him around the head and face, then appeared to try to gouge his eyes.

Letter: Casting for a white Othello

Sir: David Lister's article ("Can it be wrong to `black up' for Othello?", 7 August) about casting Othello attributes the reluctance of theatre companies to cast white actors in the role in part to political correctness.

Going boldly can be a good thing

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Events: The Christmas Sci-Fi Special

The Christmas Sci-Fi Special takes place at Wembley Arena, London (0181-900 1234) today and tomorrow, from 1pm-9pm. pounds 25-35

True confessions of a warped youth

The Critics: TELEVISION

Trekkies declared human

British Psychological Society: Scientists cast doubt on attempts to cut fraud and reveal sci-fi cult fans' secrets

how to be a Trekkie

One doesn't have to be a Trekkie to confidently finish off Mark Sullivan's opening gambit. "The Science Museum's mission is..." Yes, we all know: to boldly go where no museum has gone before. "No. To promote public understanding of science."

BRITAIN: Star Trekkies land in London

Quark, the Ferenge barman, arrives a preview party to launch the opening of Star Trek - The Exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

Out of the closet, into the universe

"2,4,6,8. How do we know that Kirk is straight?" is the battle- cry for a new breed of SF fans, the Gaylaxians, who in America have unsuccesfully lobbied Star Trek's producers over recent years for gay characters to be introduced to the series.

EDUCATING ALBERT

Patrick Deuchar wants to turn Prince Albert's temple to the Arts and Sciences into `Britain's Village Hall', the hot venue for rock shows, charity bashes and cult conventions. Most of all, he wants to attract big business. ROSIE MILLARD reports. Photogra

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Why Lt Uhura didn't jump (star)ship

Klingon to your dreams

Star Trek: Generations Dir: David Carson (PG) Solitaire for 2 Dir: Gary Sinyor (15) Dallas Doll Dir: Ann Turner (18)

Klinging on to immortality

Captain Kirk's been killed off, but since when has death been terminal in Star Trek? Max Walker wonders if the Final Frontier will ever be reached

The American Association for the Advancement of Science: Star Trek boldly goes across new sci-fi frontiers

AN ANALYSIS of a quarter century of the television programme Star Trek has revealed how the shows have become more scientifically sophisticated but less optimistic than in the Sixties.
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We will remember them

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