Music: Live - God plays a mean guitar


Words: cabotage, n.

RICHARD BRANSON'S guise as a perennial student rebounded at JFK when the pilot announced that, with more passengers than expected, take- off would be delayed while extra fuel was put in: this recalls undergraduate whip-rounds to get a clapped-out Ford Anglia to the pub and back - and was duly reinforced by the blow-out of an engine over Boston and a long night on the tarmac.

Gardening: This week

I have a Gardena sprinkler which keeps getting jammed so that it only waters one section of its potential arc. If this happens, soak the sprinkler in a sink of water to displace any grit or soil and pour some oil over any moving parts

Country & Garden: No need to get into a bindweed

Successful weeding depends on knowing where and when to strike, and doing it with conviction. By Ursula Buchan

Letter: Hanging basket case

Sir: May I suggest that it is now time for us to acknowledge that the era of hanging baskets is coming to an end ("A hanging offence", 12 June)?

Garden: Give me the flax

Garden varieties of the linen plant, a firm favourite with Ursula Buchan, come in many colours and, massed, create a beautiful summer spread

Rowing: Coode makes golden debut

GREAT BRITAIN won the first round of the FISA World Cup here with the men's four and the women's pair notching victories, while two other crews won silvers and one a bronze.

Gardening: Attack of the killer weed

The Kiwi cousin of the Bitter Cress weed is threatening to strangle our gardens. Ursula Buchan offers advice on how to identify and eradicate this deadly plant

Gardening: Rise of the demon seed

An aggressive alien weed is causing consternation in nurseries across Britain.

Cricket: Powell excels as Lara watches

West Indies 224-6 Surrey 169-8

Killing weeds; gardening

There is no point in pretending that weeds and wild flowers are the same thing, says Sarah Raven. Bindweed, ground elder, nettles and brambles make gardeners' lives a misery, and should be eradicated

Football: Blue skies are here again for Coventry

BY JON CULLEY Derby County 0 Coventry City 0 Attendance: 32,450

Garden fertiliser `waste of money'

GARDEN FERTILISERS are a waste of money, according to a study released yesterday.

Pop: Mercury rev

One of the biggest surprises of last year was the commercial coming- good of perennial underachievers Mercury Rev (right) from Buffalo, New York. Their splendid Deserter's Songs album appeared like a rash over most end-of-year polls, topping several in the process. This quick return trip to the UK capitalises on that album's success and ends with a prestigious headlining spot at one of the NME Premier Award nights at London's Astoria. Though the album is a polished affair, their gigs still include some marvellous improvisation. Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (01902 552121) Mon; Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 17 Jan; Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (01705 863911) 19 Jan; Fleece & Firkin, Bristol (0117-927 7150) 20 Jan; Astoria, London W1 (0171- 434 0403) 21 Jan

Gardening: The seeds of triumph

Cheerful nasturtiums, unruly snapdragons, exotic zinnias ... Anna Pavord plans ahead for summer flowers
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