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Judge criticises CPS as rape trial is abandoned collapses

AN OLD Bailey judge ordered the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to explain yesterday how a woman in a rape case had returned to America before giving evidence.

Captain Moonlight; Keep telling yourself it's gonna be fun

PERMISSION to come alongside? Thank you. Now, closely studying, as is my way, a copy of the Financial Times over the shoulder of a rather grumpy fellow on the train last week (sorry, but he would keep turning the pages too quickly!) I was particularly taken by a report expressing worries that Britain was not attracting as many big investors as it might. I think I can help here, as an unconventional approach often pays dividends (!). Here follows the Captain's Top Nine Tips For Attracting Inward Investment. 1) Make it fun! When potential investors arrive at the airport, let's get those chaps holding up their names on placards to dress up as Morris Dancers and jig around a bit. 2) Entertainment can be a clincher. Bernard Manning always goes down well, and, if you're in the area, the Cabaret Club in Oldham has quite a reputation. 3) Actually, talking of the North, here is a case where positive thinking and action can turn a problem into a solution. You will have read about the North emptying as its population moves south: why not give your investor Salford? 4) If you feel the investors are not quite grasping all the benefits of your company, talk much more loudly and a lot more slowly. This often helps. 5) Probably better, though, not to arrange a meeting for them with John Prescott. 6) Jonathan Aitken, on the other hand, is very good at this sort of thing, and he's out really quite soon now. 7) Have you ever thought of hypnotism? 8) Foreigners, I find, are tremendously impressed by our Royal Family. I should be glad, as a help to your presentation wotsit, to loan out one of my 17 copies of 50 Golden Years, a video celebrating the Queen's golden wedding, for a nominal amount, say 12 guineas. 9) And more than that: I should like to announce now that anyone investing more than pounds 2bn in this country will receive one of my prized Moonlight Badges. Roll up!

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The map: Only 12 months to go...

The map We all know about the Dome, but what will the rest of the world be doing as the final seconds of the millennium are counted out? Michael Booth investigates

Tourist industry is outraged at Italy's belated attempt to clean up filthy seas

The Med off Portofino, playground of the rich and famous, has been reserved for sponges and corals. Local businesses are not at all happy, writes Anne Hanley

Football: Multinational seeks Blue-chip status

Premiership: Poor early League form is putting pressure on Vialli's expensive Chelsea collection of foreigners

Obituary: Sir James Goldsmith

I first saw Jimmy Goldsmith, in 1959, playing chemmy on the stairs of 167 Walton Street, undergraduate digs in Oxford, with John Aspinall and John Pollock, writes Anthony Blond [further to the obituary by Nicholas Faith, 21 July].

Antonioni - welcome back, maestro

WHEN a god returns to earth after a long absence you sit up and take respectful notice. Michelangelo Antonioni, as unassailable a member of the cinematic pantheon as one can readily cite, has been absent from our screens for so long - since Identification of a Woman, 15 years ago - that some cinema-goers must have assumed he was dead. Others, better informed, will have heard of the stroke which impaired his movement and robbed him of speech (a cruel physical enactment of his studies in non- communication?) and assumed that this illness was enough to drive any director into retirement, let alone a man in his eighties. And yet, with a little help from his friends, he has somehow brought into being another film, with a title that smacks of a long residence in heaven: Beyond the Clouds (18). Before mulling and niggling over its details, there is only one appropriate response. Welcome back, maestro.

Obituary: Artur Barbosa

Artur Barbosa will be best remembered for the work that he least enjoyed doing - his cover illustrations for the books of Georgette Heyer, which he produced for 17 years, and those for George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman novels from 1969 to 1994. There is a quality in these illustrations that sets them apart from the run of the mill and gives a distinction to the books they so ably helped to market. But Barbosa was an artist of many parts who would have succeeded even if his wish as a young man - that he might never have to draw or paint again - had been granted.

The natural born fighter with a taste for Guinness

The French love Sophie Marceau, one of their most beautiful and outspoken actresses. And now Hollywood is finally waking up to her. One the eve of a swashbuckling international debut, she talks to Chris Peachment

Sour grapes and wind

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I'll settle for Tim Brooke-Oddie

YOU want to win the Booker Prize with an astonishing novel, to move to Portofino and sit for ever by a pool with your beloved.

Obituary: John Spencer Churchill

John George Spencer Churchill, painter and sculptor, born 31 May 1909, married 1934 Angela Culme Seymour (one daughter; marriage dissolved 1938), 1941 Mary Cookson (marriage dissolved 1953), 1953 Mrs Kathlyn Tandy (died 1957), 1958 Lullan Boston (nee Janson; marriage dissolved 1972), died 23 June 1992.
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