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Actress Dame Helen Mirren has still not forgotten Michael Parkinson's line of questioning when he interviewed her on his chat show almost 40 years ago.

Six more bedrooms cause residents of fashionable resort to rise up in revolt

THE CORNISH town of St Mawes is becoming too fashionable for its own good. With five hotels, including one owned by Olga Polizzi, daughter of Lord Forte, this old-fashioned seaside resort attracts an increasingly cosmopolitan crowd. Recent visitors include Pierce Brosnan, Kofi Annan, John Le Carre and Frederick Forsyth. It is also a favourite of David Baddiel and Harry Enfield.

Racing: Daylami's day as Oath fades to grey

IT WAS so easy, it was almost insulting, and it certainly put the critics in their place. Daylami, the horse known as the Grey Rocket in the United States but hitherto given only grudging accolades on this side of the Atlantic, turned the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes into a hack in the park. He passed the post with his ears pricked five lengths clear of his Godolphin stablemate Nedawi, and felt so pleased with himself that he put in a buck and a kick as Frankie Dettori cantered him back towards a deservedly rapturous reception.

Do your duty: invite a Royal to tea

Tea with the Queen is said to be a common anxiety dream, not least among her own children

Film: Love and death in LA

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Travel: Hovering on the brink

As the cross-Channel hovercraft turns 30, is there much of a future for this heroic British invention, asks Simon Calder

A Solitary Kind Of Splendour

The Tennants are not Britain's oldest or richest family - but they must surely be its most colourful. Now, after years of silence, the novelist Emma Tennant has decided finally to tell the story of her extraordinar y ancestors

Letter: Princess's play

YOU WERE mistaken in stating in your profile of Princess Margaret (25 February) that she directed The Frog - and that it sank without trace.

Royal return

PRINCESS Margaret was due to arrive home today from Barbados where she has been having tests after suffering a stroke on Monday.

Ma'am darling: the princess driven by loyalty and duty

IN THE NEWS; PRINCESS MARGARET

Princess Margaret suffers stroke on holiday island

PRINCESS MARGARET was last night recovering in a Caribbean hospital after suffering a mild stroke.

Business Outlook: No halfway house for Brown's benefit

Strange but true. Princess Margaret would once have qualified for lone family benefit. David Blunkett could have claimed life time income support from the state on account of his blindness. Why even Gordon Brown, the chancellor, who is blind in one eye as a result of a rugby accident, would qualify for some form of benefit if he chose to register his disability. The fact that none of these three have taken their entitlement doesn't mean that others in similar circumstances don't.

Dear diary: this year I'm making you redundant

A Week or so ago - for reasons that will become apparent I do not wish to recall precisely when - I arranged to meet a high-powered friend of mine for lunch.

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