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'I'm the sort of person who would rather wear one T-shirt for the whole holiday'

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After the excitement and bustle of Athens and a brief stopover in Tuscany, Tony and Cherie Blair will deserve and no doubt enjoy their two days in the well-appointed secluded calm of Silvio Berlusconi's Villa Certosa on Sardinia's Costa Smeralda. It is, we are repeatedly reminded, a "private holiday" although Mr Berlusconi's press office is not averse to letting us know that the "real story" is that this is "a meeting of friends" with "no agenda, no dossiers and no protocol, counsellors and the like". But prime ministers' holidays are never "strictly personal" and in the case of Messrs Blair and Berlusconi there is a always a careful accounting of the profit and loss of even the most insignificant of actions, let alone a high-profile holiday encounter.

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COMPETITION LITERALLY LOST NUMBER 84

This excerpt has been taken from a work of travel literature. Readers are invited to tell us: a) where is the action taking place? b) who is the author? Blackwell's Bookshops will award pounds 30-worth of book tokens to the first correct answer out of the hat. Answers on a postcard to: Literally Lost, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Usual competition rules apply. Entries to arrive by this Thursday. Literally lost 83: The book was Sea and Sardinia by D H Lawrence. The action took place in Sardinia. The winner is Alan Fisk of London.

Gazumped! Sir Geoff Mulcahy thought he had ASDA in his pocket. then Wal-Mart picked it. So can the man from Kingfisher bounce back?

SIR GEOFF MULCAHY is taking it on the chin. "I don't feel boxed in," insists the chief executive of Kingfisher, the Woolworth to Comet worldwide retail group. The great survivor of the UK retail scene has been coming to terms with Wal-Mart's deft gazumping of his agreed pounds 17bn merger with the Asda supermarket chain. "If I look back over the years we have had our ups and downs," rues Sir Geoff. "When I go back to the early days, with a loss-making Woolworths and a tiny B&Q, you could have got quite depressed about it. But we've done quite a lot since then." Losing Asda to the mighty US discount retailer is not the first setback to hit him.

Eating Out: A delicious dilemma

EVERY restaurant critic likes to think that one day they will "discover" a restaurant - somewhere that no one else has yet written about, which hasn't been launched with a massive PR fanfare, yet which just happens to have this amazingly talented chef. It's the apogee of an essentially undramatic profession (you sit, you eat, you write) so when it happens, and we break the story, we expect congratulations all round. It's the nearest we'll ever come to actually opening a restaurant ourselves. So not that near then.
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