News Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

I work for ...Phil Collins: Annie Callingham is PA to the rock star

Although Phil doesn't remember it very well, the first time I met him was in a club in the Sixties, when I was a dancer and he was in his first band, Flaming Youth. I got to know him properly when my husband began working for Genesis in the Eighties as a sound engineer.

Hit or miss... it's a hard day's Spice

The world trembles with anticipation to see whether `Spiceworld - The Movie' is, as has been suggested, the natural heiress to `A Hard Day's Night' or just one more embarrassment in the tradition of such long-forgotten stinkers as `Gonks Go Beat' and `Live It Up'. Andy Gill considers the scary challenge facing Ginger and Co.

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Companies may go abroad to avoid double taxation hit

Some of the UK's biggest overseas earners were up in arms yesterday over the Chancellor of the Exchequer's plans to abolish foreign income dividends. SmithKline Beecham, BAT Industries, Glaxo Wellcome, RTZ and Reckitt and Colman were among those objecting to the Budget proposals which expose companies making substantial non-UK profits to a double taxation hit after April 1999.

Cover story: Too much too young

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Michele Roberts reads some revised and unauthorised versions

Dance: It's all Greek to them

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Dance Genesis Canyon Natural History Museum, London

There is a curious thrill about being in a museum after hours, a thrill compounded by the mysterious arrival of 38 young people in pyjamas. Stephan Koplowitz, whose Genesis Canyon opened this year's Dance Umbrella festival last Saturday, makes full use of the grandeur and mystery of the Natural History Museum's main hall. The dancers gradually infiltrate the darkened hall and begin to carpet the stairs with their bodies. All wear loose clothes made of a primitive pleated metallic fabric. In selecting this extraordinary material, Craig Givens has allowed the dancers to create a chameleon-like effect as they move in and out of coloured light; orange when they rise, sea-green when they hug the treads of the stairs like a long slick of primal soup.

Cost of instruments keeps pupils out of music lessons

Children are being denied the chance to learn music because schools cannot afford the instruments, according to a survey published today.

THE PRICE OF FAME

Four years ago, Phil Collins earned pounds 12.6m. Two years ago, he left his wife and family to go and live near Lake Geneva with a woman half his age. But despite all this, he still calls himself `an ordinary bloke from Hounslow'. In a revealing interview, he talks frankly about money, love and music

The Boo Radleys: as not seen on TV

When I hear "Wake Up Boo!" by the Boo Radleys, I reach for my knuckleduster. The song is the musical equivalent of a big, fat Colgate smile, and after a grin like that has been smeared over every radio and TV set in the country for a few weeks, anyone would want to punch it. As for the Boo Radleys, last summer I had an almost continuous urge to trash their guitars, melt their records, wipe the smiles off their faces, and find painful hiding places for those inane, parping trumpets.

Pour l'amour des Celtes

Celtomania is taking Paris by storm. Phil Sweeney has his fill of haggis and pan pipes in the French capital

Global shopping; WHAT IT COSTS IN . . . santiago

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Vikings and Phil Collins

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