In the often unintelligible acronym- and jargon-crazed world of Work and Pensions Questions, no-one could accuse the right-wing Tory Philip Davies of not telling it like he thinks it is.

Style and design: Items and Icons: Dinosaurs etc

19th-century Aubusson entre-fenetre (above), 8ft 9in x 4ft 7in. Guide price, $2,500. Pair of 19th-century Empire bronze sphinxes (above right), length 14in. Guide price, $4,000. Both from Sotheby's, New York, 1 October. A dinosaur named Sue (below) goes on sale at Sotheby's in New York on 4 October. The biggest, best and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered, the skull alone is five feet in length. Broken bones, an implanted tooth from another dinosaur and a huge gouge to the head will provide for years of happy speculation about dinosaur lifestyles. The price tag is around $1 million. Interest- free terms spread over three years for approved institutional buyers. Telephone bids by arrangement. Details: (001) 212 606 7176)

Time can be a precious thing

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China finds Hong Kong hard to swallow

Mainlanders think new compatriots are `stuck up'

Merc, Rolex, champers, truffles - you've never had it so cheap

Loadsamoney would be livid. Kathy Marks on the status symbols Britons are buying for a snip

Beach insurers told to pay

Ombudsman concerned that too many holiday claims are being rejected

Murdered jewellery dealer lived in fear of stalker

A jewellery dealer murdered in her home by an intruder had complained to police at least twice about a stalker, it was disclosed yesterday.

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Here's posh for you

A Merchant Ivory setting and Edwardian service - the sepia-tinted appeal of Llangoed Hall

Cowboy Godignon finds his range

John Whitaker's finely judged round on Virtual Village Welham looked good enough to win the Prix des Ecoliers, yesterday's opening contest of the Paris Horse Show, until Herve Godignon came in last to the 21-horse jump-off and cut 1.36sec off the Briton's time.

On the second hand... Watches

A watch tells you a lot about the person who wears it; it is a fashion accessory. People are now realising that this century's mechanical watches are highly collectable and stylish. The movements are beautifully engineered, sophisticated pieces of equipment often made in small numbers. The outer case represents the time in which it was manufactured: elegant in the Forties, functional in the Fifties, spot-on in the Sixties and chunky in the Seventies. Rolex, Omega, Heuer, Jaeger, Vacheron, Patek Philippe: it has to be Swiss made.

THEATRE Everyman, The Other Place, Stratford-on-Avon

Medieval morality as you've never seen it before - Theatre de Complicite-style. The production has some divine touches: if only the accents didn't bring you back down to Earth. By Paul Taylor

Howard under fire

A leading barrister said last night that a judge's decision to reduce a prison term on a mugger who stole a pounds 12,000 Rolex watch illustrated why mandatory sentencing would not work.

Judge apologises to mugger as he cuts sentence for attack

A judge apologised yesterday for jailing a mugger for too long for robbing a 15-year-old girl of a pounds 12,000 Rolex watch.

Lawrie Smith fails to start

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An out-of-town success in the Black Country

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