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If he had been just a kindly chap, nobody outside his family would have noticed

Peer to thrash out the meaning of modern music: Rhys Williams meets the improbable figure who will attempt to narrow the musical generation gap

MEET the seventh Earl of Onslow: hereditary Tory peer, Old Etonian, 56-year-old father of three, passionate about pony- trap riding and the Classics. Just the man then to become the biggest youth cult figure since Jim Bowen.

Ice pack reveals Romans' air pollution

GLOBAL atmospheric pollution dates back to Roman and Greek times - long before the Industrial Revolution - according to scientists who have detected lead fallout in samples of ancient Greenland ice.

True Gripes: Shake in the grass: Private pleasures should not be public

Oh, how I wish the sunlovers who have popped up all over the place would do their loving out of the sun. I know sumer is icumen in and all that, but do they have to, in public?

The City learns to build on its past: Lynn Eaton discovers how ingenious engineering is preserving a valuable archaeological site

The latest technology is being used in the heart of London to build a modern art gallery and office block over the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre.

Letter: Forgiveness for a hanging man

Sir: May I comment on your correspondent's account of the engraved glass panel which I offered as a present to Moreton church ('Villagers give cold shoulder to Judas', 21 June)? It was not rejected: the PCC and Diocesan Advisory Committee both approved, but I persuaded those in favour to withdraw it because there was strong opposition locally. This was no surprise, and certainly not a 'shattering blow']

THEATRE / Little boy lost: Paul Taylor reviews David Thacker's new production of Coriolanus at the Swan, Stratford

The last major production of Coriolanus to be seen in this country was by Robert Lepage, a chic but shallow version set in a Dolce Vita-style Rome, which gave you a bizarrely restricted Peeping Tom's view of the play: you had to watch the proceedings through a letterbox-like slit, which, in some vital scenes, narrowed your area of scrutiny to the actors' knees.

ARCHAEOLOGY / Piecing together pagan past: David Keys on new research into a mosaic that reveals much about late Roman religion

SCENES from the siege of Troy and from the life of Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, have been identified in a Romano-British mosaic pavement found in Humberside.

Good Questions: Significant surnames

Is it statistically significant that a person whose surname is connected with a type of work will get work of that nature? Is there an underlying psychological drive? (Nicholas E Gough of Malmesbury, Wilts.)

Ice-skating: Dean announces engagement

CHRISTOPHER DEAN yesterday announced his engagement to Jill Trenary, the American world figure skating champion of 1990. The couple (pictured above), who had originally decided to get engaged in January, plan to wed in October in Minneapolis, Trenary's home city.

Ice skating: Harding suffers in practice

TONYA HARDING and Nancy Kerrigan join in competition today for the first time since the hammer attack on Kerrigan as they take part in the technical programme of the women's event, writes Mike Rowbottom.

On Tour: Burt Casear

There are 11 actors in the Julius Caesar company and we play the crowd as well, so touring is quite demanding. Also we have a set that's closer to an assault course than a replica of Ancient Rome, so afterwards we sit and count our bruises.

Poleaxed on the wapentake upon hearing about Harold

TODAY I am bringing you some extracts from a remarkable new book, 'The Day Harold Was Shot]', which is being rushed out for the Christmas market. It is a collection of genuine historical first-hand memories of how people were informed of the news that King Harold of England had been shot at the Battle of Hastings.

Man stole artefact

Atreasure hunter was fined pounds 300 for stealing a bronze plaque of the Roman emperor Claudius that he found on farmland near York. Victor Bethwaite, 35, of Chorley, received pounds 22,000 after selling it through Christie's, but failed to tell the landowner. Christie's issued a writ for return of the money.

BOOK REVIEW / Bold, broad insights: 'Post-Capitalist Society' - Peter F Drucker: Butterworth-Heinemann, 16.95 pounds

Old men can afford to be bold. They can air their views on society, whereas a younger person feels constrained to explain.

TELEVISION / BRIEFING: Living up to a name for terror

Out of the misty Mongolian steppes emerge 5,000 snarling, scimitar-wielding horsemen in 13th-century battledress. Who said the BBC was strapped for cash? In fact, this cast of thousands was lent to the producers of STORM FROM THE EAST (9.45pm BBC2), a four-part documentary on the Mongol empire, by the Mongolian Ministry for Arts, which was making a feature film about Genghis Khan. The break-up of the Soviet Union has seen the resurgence of Genghis Khan as a symbol of Mongolian nationalism (as well as facilitating the shooting of this series in a previously inaccessible area). Birth of an Empire, the first part of Robert Marshall's thorough series, charts the rise of the Mongols from an anonymous tribe of nomadic shepherds to rulers of a region twice the size of the Roman Empire. Under the leadership of Genghis Khan, the Mongols were ferociously hardy (even today the tribesmen survive unforgiving winters on the steppes using dried animal dung as fuel). But the key to their success lay in terror tactics; such was the Mongols' reputation for ravaging, nations surrendered virtually at the mention of Genghis's name. Eat your heart out, 'Chelsea Headhunters'.
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