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Golf / 123rd Open: Turner leads march of the mystery men: Lomas and Magee follow New Zealander in spirited charge up the leaderboard as Faldo falters after a case of mistaken identity

THE 1-2-3 in the 123rd Open Championship features a New Zealander, not the one we expected, an Englishman, certainly not the one we expected, and an American, most certainly not the one we expected. Greg Turner shot 65, Jonathan Lomas 66 and Andrew Magee 67 as the leaderboard was punctuated by a series of question marks.

Underrated: Cleared for take-off

If you go by simple arithmetic, a pop career pursued by one Beatle should be precisely a quarter as good as one pursued by four. The theory doesn't stand up, though, because it may be more or less true of George Harrison's solo output, but John Lennon's is generally about half as good without the other Fabs and Ringo Starr's is somewhere between a 100th and a 1,000th.

'Fab Three' offer

The three remaining Beatles have been offered pounds 2.5m to appear in Britain to play their first concert in 20 years. The move follows reports that Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr will get together to record again for a documentary about their career.

Beatles back in the recording studio

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the three surviving Beatles, will record together for the first time since 1971 next month, Reuter reports from New York. New Yorker reported yesterday that they will be working with their former producer George Martin.

ROCK / They come from Barcelona: If The Beatles had been Spanish they might have sounded like the Manolos. Philip Sweeney reports on Spain's new rumba beat

FOR A while, it looked as if we were going to get away without the Beatles numbers. The first 40 minutes passed with nothing more Anglo-Saxon than a rumba version of 'Strangers In The Night', and that had been kitted out with a Spanish lyric by the admirably named J Carreras Noisi. Then Manolos' drummer Ramon Grau stepped to the front of the stage, donned a leopardskin jacket and embarked, amid much rock and roll tomfoolery from his six colleagues, on the old Ringo Starr version of 'Boys'.

Celebrity chest burster to kill for

IN THESE times of moral panic and negative equity, I like to roam the streets in search of a grotesque chest burster. At noon on Thursday I tracked one down in Chelsea, at Bonhams the auctioneers. The burster, lot 174, was the thing that sprang from John Hurt's stomach in Alien and went on to wreak madness through two sequels. It was being offered without arms, at an estimate of pounds 150- pounds 250. Naturally, I was interested.

THE BROADER PICTURE / Ciggies and superstars

BACKSTAGE at the Astoria, Finsbury Park, 20-year-old George Harrison breaks off from tuning his guitar to puff at a cigarette. The guitar is a Gretsch, the cigarette cork-tipped, something that few working-class lads would have been seen smoking before the 1960s. Behind him, a relaxed John Lennon looks on, buttoning the cuffs of his stage-shirt. The year is 1963, and the occasion the Beatles' first Christmas show.

ROCK / He's still Boss class - just

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