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Whatever the temperature, being phlegmatic is usually the order of the day in Britain; very much a unifying defining characteristic that will persist for generations

Television: A sauna? Now that's hot

What kind of people are we? Are we the sort who call our children Dominic, Sasha and Amber, employ Ilsa the nanny, and whose spouse has left home to set up with a younger model? Most important of all, are we the kind who would - if we could afford it - build a sauna in the basement of our large Hampstead house?

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Televison: What I fancy is a bit of personality

There are hidden rhythms to television. Why does anyone want to watch a programme hosted by Anthea Turner or Phillip Schofield? And what is it with Robson and Jerome, the Soldier, Soldier stars who recorded two hit albums and a flattened, drained version of "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"? I tuned into Ain't Misbehavin' (ITV, Mon), the three- part R&J drama series, in search of the answer to the riddle of the TV personality.

All Cliff, no edge

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Wasps seek to convert into Dallaglio and Co

No sooner had Lawrence Dallaglio sat down at an historic press conference than his mobile phone rang. Dallaglio cut it off as if it was an unwelcome stand-off. It was probably his coach on the line but it might have been his broker for yesterday Wasps announced their intention to become the first rugby club in Britain to "go public". They are seeking admission to the Alternative Investment Market.

Europe is goal for Dallaglio

ENGLAND's success in the Five Nations' Championship may be only a week old but Lawrence Dallaglio has already consigned it to history.

High comedy brought low by funny business

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A new daytime dawns

For years it's been a formula: soap, agony and cosy chat. Now the stars of daytime TV are sharpening their act to please a new audience.

Viewers uneasy at television sex guidelines

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three to see in the next seven days

Opinions: Have you ever had corporal punishment?

EDGAR QUINE, member of the House of Keys (Isle of Man parliament): I certainly have, and I'm all for it. There's a strong view island-wide that corporal punishment is appropriate in some cases. Young offenders need a short, sharp shock. Before I retired I was police chief in Hong Kong. There was corporal punishment there, and there was never any graffiti on the underground.

THEATRE / Painting by numbers: Paul Taylor finds sanitation and fabrication in John Kane's musical biography Leonardo - A Portrait of Love at the Strand Theatre

TIME: a century from now. Place: a script conference to discuss turning the life of the painter Francis Bacon into a big West End musical.

Competition / Christmas CD

This Christmas, you can give your child the new EMI Classics CD release of Prokofiev's magical children's classic Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Phillip Schofield (star of the West End's Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat). We have 15 copies: to win one, just answer the following question correctly.

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