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IN APRIL, I watched a television film of what is probably the best-known modern novel in France, Premier de cordee (1941), which is a mountaineering expression meaning "first on the rope". This excellent story of an Alpine guide's failure and redemption was written by Roger Frison-Roche.

Cannabis haul at supermarkets

Cannabis haul at supermarkets

Dinosaur that ruled lush forests of the Sahara is discovered

SCIENTISTS HAVE identified a new species of long-necked dinosaur that roamed the African landscape 135 million years ago, when the Sahara was covered in lush vegetation and winding rivers.

Letter: Gurls luv Nigel

Sir: It was great to learn that the glorious career of Molesworth at St Custards is to be republished as a classic alongside Eliot and Shakespeare ("Floreat Molesworth", 28 October). However, I must take issue with John Walsh's contention that Molesworth fans are almost exclusively male. As any fule kno, girls find skool just as hilarious as do boys, and have a pretty similar sense of humour, particularly at the age of 11 or 12. Enjoying silly jokes is not a male preserve.

Words: shirty, adj.

AN INSPIRED teacher could encourage textual scholarship by asking for a list of the differences between the English and American editions of the latest Harry Potter. Pudding/dessert; wonky/crooked; yet crumpet stays, as does shirty. Such is modern youth that this has been italicised to show it is not a misprint.

Drink: Happy days

In a Dorset resort overrun with amusement arcades and tacky souvenir shops, Rossi's Ices holds its own

Tilt of Earth's axis turned Sahara into a desert

THE SAHARA and Arabia were transformed abruptly from fertile land covered with shrubs and grasses into a parched desert in a "brutal" period of climatic change lasting 400 years, scientists have found.

Across Africa in an Austin 7

Sand. Jungle. Mud. Dust. Raging torrents. These are the elements that you must endure if you are to travel the length of Africa by land. Then there's the locals, the police, the petty officials, the fellow travellers, not to mention the army. So why do it at all, let alone in a knackered Austin 7? What on earth could be worth all that suffering and hardship?

Letter: Tom Wolfe's "ice-cream" suit

Sir: I enjoyed John Walsh's review of Tom Wolfe's "ice-cream" suit and the (post-modernist?) reference to his own "brushed-cotton black two-piece" ("Immaculate conceptions", 14 June). This could become the new lit-crit fad. How about a feature on Will Self's socks, or Martin Amis's shorts?

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MPs warn on ice-cream jobs

Books: The Day Kadi Lost Part of Her Life

A FRIGHTENED four-year-old girl, dripping with blood, wrapped in a dirty blanket, faces life with a new sadness after the ordeal of female genital mutilation. Behind her, cleaning up the blood, are the buankisa, who performed the operation, and her elderly helper.

Travel: Songs of bitter experience

The taxi sped down a narrow tarred road, its edges lacy with white drifting sand. Ahead was the first line of houses, straw-grey in the sun. We entered a wide sandy boulevard, and continued on until it narrowed and snaked about in the old part of town. Carrying on between shuttered alleys of mud and stone houses, we came to a low, tree-studded hill on the far side and a modern hotel built in the Sudanese style. The grounds were leafy, and there was a central courtyard bordered with flowers and crowned with a towering ghost gum tree.

Eating Out: Lost from the outset

"THIS MUST be the scenic route," Alexandra, my agent, says, arching an eyebrow and casting a languid eye over the car- wrecking pound. We're on the A one-oh-something, heading for Bluewater in Kent, the new ultimate consumer experience. Three-quarters of an hour from north London on a Saturday night and we're whizzing by an endless line of industrial sheds, abandoned warehouses and empty lots fenced in by chainlink and flooded with sodium light. Leaving the city by the south- east is anything but an uplifting experience. At least we have the prospect of Hediard's French cooking to cheer us up.
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