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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.

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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

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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

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