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Andrew Sachs plays Einstein in a new two-part documentary. James Rampton met him

John Lewis shuts up shop on staff trading insults

Employees at the John Lewis Partnership, the department store and supermarket group, have always been fortunate when it comes to free speech.

Racing: Banker to fill Hartington's seat

Christopher Sporborg, a steward, banker and permit trainer, was nominated by the Jockey Club yesterday to succeed Lord Hartington on the British Horseracing Board.

What is this? Has he sighted my doppelganger hanging out on the King's Road, pinching my parking meters on her way to buy light bulbs?

I arrive at a central London salon to get my hair cut. Except the receptionist tells me thatmy appointment was cancelled earlier that morning. By me.

Your heritage, by post

The middle-classes want aristocratic style. The aristocrats want middle-class money. Thanks to mail order, business can be conducted at a discreet distance. By Serena Mackesy

Be a bag lady

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Peter Pan would never be my darling


Leeson `answerable to no one'

Leeson may have been planning to flee Singapore as long as a month ago, according to colleagues. A number of removal firms were asked to give Leeson quotes on the cost of shipping all his belongings out of Singapore.

Still perfect after all these years

Ever since `The Good Life', the entire male population has been in love with Felicity Kendal. Her latest part strips her of her clothes, but not her squeaky-clean image. Georgina Brown met her

Hill stays on hold

HOCKEY Rob Hill, the Great Britain leading goalscorer at the Barcelona Olympics who retired prematurely for personal reasons, was expected to make a return this weekend for Firebrands, one of his previous clubs, at the two-day DTZ Invitation indoor tournament at Wyre Forest Glades Centre, Kidderminster.

Back to school in style: Traditional uniforms are popular with nostalgic parents and trendy pupils, finds Sarah Lonsdale

SCHOOL uniform is amazingly adaptable to the dictates of fashion. 'Last year, when grunge was all the rage, we were flooded with demands for extra-large black jumpers and black tights,' says Maggie Couzens, merchandise buyer for Peter Jones's school uniform department. This year, fashion conscious 16-year-olds are asking for tiny tight-fitting jumpers and huge hanging-out shirts - in the school colours, naturally.

Letter: In-depth study of the tribal beer barrel

Sir: Peter Jones ('I drink therefore I am, as the Greeks no doubt said', 25 August) might find contemporary illumination of the behaviour of ancient beer drinkers among the East African tribes which brew and drink beer in the style of the Egyptians he mentions in his article.

I drink therefore I am, as the Greeks no doubt said: Is wine a pacifist's drink and beer for bullies? History disproves an academic's claims, says Peter Jones

AN AUSTRALIAN academic has presented figures to show that beer drinkers are more aggressive than wine drinkers and that wine-drinking cultures are similarly less violent than beer-drinking ones.

A game of solitaire: It's widely assumed that the lonely intellectual heroines of Anita Brookner's novels are based on herself; that she's an unhappy spinster, a victim of circumstance. She puts the record straight

'IT'S WRITTEN in tablets of stone now, isn't it,' says Anita Brookner, with quiet exasperation. 'It' is the idea that she writes the same novel over and over, and that its heroine - sad, solitudinous, dowdy, virginal - is a description of herself. In her own mind, she creates different stories with different characters, but still there's the assumption that these reveal her own character, her own story - that of a genteel Miss Lonelyhearts. 'I feel I could get into the Guinness Book of Records as the world's loneliest, most miserable woman,' she said in the year she won the Booker Prize with Hotel du Lac. And 10 years on, she's still up against an image problem.
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