News Hanging Rock is under threat

Protest meetings – and even a protest picnic - held at the site as petition with 5,000 signatures urges council to reconsider

News monkey; A simian slant on last week's news

t HOSPITAL CRISIS. The NHS is either coping perfectly well with the winter rush or falling apart at the seams, your point of view largely depending on whether you're Frank Dobson or everybody else. In what amounts to a kind of millennium bug dry-run, a flu outbreak combined with a record shortage of nurses has led to some hospitals asking relatives to nurse their own kin. If the shortage gets any worse the NHS may have to rethink its official resistance to the hiring of crazy people who think they are nurses.

Do ya think I'm sixty?

Rachel Hunter's decision to leave her husband Rod Stewart in order to `find herself' is another poignant reminder of the plight of the ageing rock star.

Football: Stonehouse rock of ages

A journeyman footballer is about to reach an all-time league appearance milestone. FIRST NIGHT; Graeme armstrong

Pop: Rod Stewart, cool? Well, almost...

ROD STEWART

Pop: Five Arena shows

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The Saturday Profile: Rod Stewart, Rock Star: Do ya still think I'm sexy?

IT'S SUMMER 1971, and I am with my father at Brands Hatch, the noisy shrine to Formula One motor racing. In the parking lot, two lanes of cars are heading for the exit when their procession is halted by a couple of tough-looking bouncers. They stand before the lead Toyota, extending their hands like traffic policemen, then wave a spectacular yellow Lamborghini Miura through the gates. The queue re-starts. We drive out. And exactly 100 yards up the road, we encounter the canary-hued Italian passion-wagon again, parked on the grass verge. Standing beside it, drinking champagne, oblivious to our staring eyes, is a skinny oik with a large nose, a shiny yellow satin suit and a blonde-goddess girlfriend. Rod Stewart and Dee Harrington have decided that, rather than sit in a traffic jam, they'll while away half an hour with vintage Krug and a little light posing.

Pop: Simply blue

SIMPLY RED

Pop: It's raining on Mike's parade

MIKE OLDFIELD TUBULAR BELLS 3 HORSE GUARDS PARADE LONDON

Folk: Two godfathers of fingerpicking

WIZZ JONES AND JOHN RENBOURN FAMOUS GROUSE HOUSE, EDINBURGH

Ten Ways Brunei's Wealth Is Spent

1 The world's largest palace is in Brunei. It has 1,788 rooms - with 50 crystal chandeliers in the dining room.

Food For Thought: DINING OUT OF TOWN

Orange Balloon various branches

Football: Museum of bare-faced cheek

Andy Martin At Large In France

POP & JAZZ: CHARTS

SINGLES

Film: Pagan bangs and twangs

`The Wicker Man' soundtrack is available after 25 years.

Football: FA to investigate Sheringham's 'night out'

THE Football Association is to investigate claims that the England striker Teddy Sheringham has been seen out on the town when he was supposed to be observing Glenn Hoddle's instructions for the period prior to the World Cup. The England coach warned a fortnight ago that when players returned from the training camp in La Manga, they were supposed to spend the next three days at home before joining up at the squad's Buckinghamshire hotel base tonight.
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