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These letters appear in the Monday 14th October edition of the Independent

Macroom buttermilk porridge with stewed rhubarb

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Paso Doble, Barbican, London

Paso Doble starts with a shiny expanse of wet clay. One red slab forms the floor, a second, sprayed white, is a wall behind it. Over 50 minutes, the France-based theatre artist Josef Nadj and the Spanish painter Miquel Barcelo hack and squeeze the set around them, piling clay on to the walls or themselves, drawing pictures and squelching them out again. There are some boldly creepy moments, but Paso Doble is generally less fun than making mud pies.

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Barack Obama, the Democrat senator who has emerged as the brightest new star of US politics, has at last dropped any pretence and indicated for the first time that he intends to run for the presidency in 2008.

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They are sweet and nutritious, children love 'em and Santa Claus shifts them by the sleigh-load on Christmas Eve: I give you the satsuma or tangerine or mandarin.

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After a 30-year absence from British screens, one of the most notorious films in history is due for re-release. What took it so long?
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