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Nothing feels finer than shoes made specially for you. Small wonder. The cobbler will duplicate your feet with wooden 'lasts' - casts on which shoes will be made. In London there are still a handful of Master Bootmakers to make the sturdiest and most comfortable handcrafted footwear. Prices are steep, but it is usually worth it, especially for those with problem feet.

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Lynette Davies, actress: born Tonypandy, Mid Glamorgan 18 October 1948; twice married; died December 1993.

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'I can't help thinking that had they remained free, the London of today would be a safer place.' 'They' being those community-spirited boys the Kray twins and 'I' - the author of this fatuous speculation - being Mike Reid, comedian and star of EastEnders.

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GAZZA, Waddle, Jimmy Nail, Prefab Sprout: Geordieland is musicland. Newcastle United, that conveyor belt of footballing talent, are also nurturing local singers, like Harry Palmer. Only Kevin Keegan received a noisier reception than Palmer, Tyneside's rotund answer to Bruce Springsteen, before last Saturday's game with Tranmere. Palmer, an unknown busker a few months ago, ran to the centre-circle surrounded by paparazzi to pump out his 'Geordie Medley', a seamless collection of great Gallowgate chants. The second verse says it all:

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ONE OF Europe's largest and most successful film production companies is to finance a British film for the first time. The decision is an important vote of confidence in a new generation of young British film-makers trying to revive the fortunes of the otherwise moribund and unprofitable British cinema.
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