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AS BATTLES of words go, it is not that violent. The two protagonists - both Scots - claim to be chums with a shared love of under-performing football teams. And yet for much of the past decade Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the Accounting Standards Board, and Ron Paterson, senior technical partner at the accountancy firm Ernst & Young, have been sniping at each other.

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FEW AUTHORS publish their first book at the age of 98; fewer still would take as its title the nickname her teachers gave her as a schoolgirl. But Carol Jeffrey was unusual in all that she did in her life. Her book That Why Child was published in 1996, two years after her retirement in 1994. It won widespread acclaim in the psychoanalytic and educational press, and in 1997 received the Gradiva Award for best book in the Childhood Related section from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in the United States.

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Comedy: Gig of the Week - Steve Coogan from tomorrow

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Books: The private lives of Dr Sex

Sex - The Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C Kinsey by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, Chatto pounds 20

Books: Unsentimental journey

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Obituary: Paul Flamand

PAUL FLAMAND founded his publishing house, Les Editions du Seuil, in 1935, but it was after the Second World War that it achieved its celebrity as one of the most eminent and innovative of French imprints.

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Psychological Notes

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