Watchdog calls last orders on alcopop game

AN ALCOPOP maker has been ordered to drop instructions for a pub drinking game from bottle labels, under the code which regulates the marketing of alcohol.

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TOP CEES, the horse at the centre of a celebrated court action earlier this year, notched a very easy victory under Jimmy Fortune in the Tennent Caledonian Breweries Trophy at Ayr yesterday. Lynda Ramsden, who trains the eight-year-old, who gained notoriety when subject of a libel which proved costly for the now defunct Sporting Life in 1995, said: "The Chester Cup and the Cesarewitch have been the two main aims for the year, and the latter race is still the plan. Top Cees is not in the Northumberland Plate, we have another (Mithak) for that, but I don't think we would want to take on Arctic Owl, who beat him at York, again."

Racing: Punch a serious prospect

IF David Elsworth ever buys anything out of your car boot you have made a mistake. That painting from the attic is probably a Vermeer or your Aunt Dolly's bracelet a little more than costume jewellery.

MUSIC: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bran Van 3000: Glee (Parlophone) Strange name, and possibly the strangest album of the year, from video-maker turned pop-media terrorist Di Salvio. He collected together 20 Montreal musicians to create a chopped- up, speeded-up, genre-busting blend of trip-hop, hip-hop and ZZ Top, which should make Beck want to retire, forever. This is weird fruit, both for the low-attention-span MTV zombie and others who likes their artists very clever indeed. HHH

Books: The nice storm

In the safety of American suburbia lurk trauma and tragedy. Douglas Kennedy takes a trip down those green streets

Thomas Creevey His Diary: Madam Speaker to stand down

It is discreetly bruited at Westminster that Madam Speaker will stand down "some time in the next two years". Betty Boothroyd, the first woman Speaker, hates people talking about her age, but she will be 70 in October 1999, and even High Court judges have to retire then. No doubt she will find ways of maintaining her famous sun-tan, even in retirement. Betty on the lecture circuit would be a great deal more entertaining that Margaret Thatcher.

Rugby Union: Hart the soul of his party

Tim Glover finds the All Blacks' leader using attack as best means of defence

Basketball: Giants punch their weight

Manchester Giants, the Budweiser League's highly-paid under-achievers, showed they may start punching their weight with last night's 96-79 win over Leicester Riders which coincided with the arrival of the 6ft 11in former Charlotte Hornet Brian Rowson.

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Rugby Union: Pontypridd stay on right side of Borders

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People: Game for a bit of blood and gore

"This is the shotgun," said Marty Stratton. "It has pump action and a rotating barrel. This is actually a really cool weapon. Then you have the chain gun. And this one is the grenade launcher. Watch how it chambers each round! Then we have the rail gun, which is a really nice weapon ..."

Media families: 17. The Corens

Alan Coren (humorist) married Anne (eye doctor), and begat Giles (columnist and author) and Victoria (columnist

Going native in a roundabout sort of way

Most Americans don't know much about the world. That, at least, is what we like to think. As Martin Bell said on the radio the other day, a country where the OJ Simpson trial was thought for about a year to be top news cannot be a country where news is taken seriously. And it seems self-evident that most Americans cannot know much about the world because more than half of them do not possess passports and therefore cannot even go and have a look at the world.

After alcopops, anger over pinta with a punch

After alcopops comes the latest, most unlikely drink to tempt the nation's youth and adults - alcoholic milk. Campaigners are calling for Moo and Super Milch, milk drinks containing more alcohol than the average pint of bitter, to be banned on the grounds that they may appeal to children.
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