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15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

Cricket: Classy Cullinan

DARYLL CULLINAN and Jacques Kallis made good South African captain Hansie Cronje's promise of no compromise to the bowed and beaten West Indies with a commanding, unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 208 on the first day of the fourth Test yesterday.

Tax breaks for R&D to be unveiled

Tax breaks for R&D to be unveiled

The knowledge-based economy: The making of a White Paper

May 1997: Margaret Beckett transfers back to the DTI the competitiveness team that had been at the Cabinet Office under Michael Heseltine. "We knew competitiveness had to be at the heart of our policy," says Dan Corry, Peter Mandelson's special adviser. "Without strong business and a strong economy, government cannot achieve what we want for the UK."

Secretarial: It doesn't have to hurt

Staff and bosses find them painful, but an appraisal can be tolerable.

Food, glorious food

Farmers' markets are springing up around the country selling top- quality produce direct to the public. The supermarkets should be worried.

Music: They're all out of All Saints

Industry bigwigs may have cold-shouldered Sound City but it was a triumph for the indies

Exchanges reveal alliance details

MEMBERS OF the London and Frankfurt stock exchanges will have direct access to the order books of both markets under phase one of the alliance between them which comes into effect on 4 January. Details of phase one were outlined at a seminar in the City yesterday.

Phrenological Notes: Brain analysis and bumps on the head

IF YOU place a finger on the nape of your neck then edge it up you will come across a bump formed by the base of your skull. According to Franz Gall, the founder of phrenology, this particular protuberance marks the location of the "Organ of Amativeness" - "the faculty that gives rise to the sexual feeling". An inch or so up is the "Organ of Combativeness".

Real living: Love changes everything

Several 'experts' claim they've found the secret of happiness. The answer is blindingly simple, says Hester Lacey

Letter: Rotten role models

WHAT A perceptive analysis by Theodore Dalrymple of Will Carling's relationships. Based on more than 30 years in industry, I feel that certain parallels can be drawn with the activities of some of those who form the audience at Mr Carling's business seminars.

Letter: Jews by choice

Sir: Along with so many others you are over-pessimistic about the future of British Jewry ("We must redefine Jewishness", 28 September).

FOCUS: WHERE THERE'S NO WILL...

The hero of Middle England has more in common with members of the underclass on whom so many of society's ills are blamed

Shopping: Check It Out Fortnum & Mason

IF BLACK pudding and rhubarb are your thing, then Fortnum and Mason is your place. For Lancastrian and Michelin-starred chef, Paul Heathcote, will shortly be there to promote such Northern "delicacies" and sign his new, aptly-named book Paul Heathcote's Rhubarb & Black Pudding.

Poetic Licence: Sperm Wail

A worldwide study of the male sperm count has been launched. Recent research indicates that global sperm counts have halved in the past 50 years

Czech exile in dialogue over Plato

The Independent Archive: 20 August 1988 Dr Julius Tomin argues that he is being discriminated against for his unorthodox philosophical views. Simon Midgley reports
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