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ARE YOU an oval or a coconut? Time to buy a box of chocolates and find out. Chocolate therapy is a new book that claims to explore what your choice of choccy tells you about yourself. The author, Murray Langham, a therapist, says he gained new insight by observing the different centres clients chose. Sadly his research is now complete, but with the help of his book you can easily try a DIY approach - and all in the name of science.

Avebury shares its second secret - the faces of the gods. Or not

THE DISCOVERY last week of a long-buried avenue of standing stones at Avebury, the 4,500-year-old megalithic monument in Wiltshire, sent archaeologists into raptures. Scientific and not-so-scientific theories about what the massive complex of standing stones actually means have been hastily dusted off. Cosmic calendar? Ancient pagan temple? Signal to cruising space aliens? Attempts to decipher the stones have defeated investigators for hundreds of years. Yet the answer, according to a former professor of physics, Terence Meaden, has been, er, staring us in the face all along.

Wish we were here

NOW BEGINS the season of lists and bellowed ruefulness as, back from their holidays, the English unpack their souvenirs and wonder what the hell to do with them. Not old-fashioned souvenirs, of course; nobody buys old-fashioned souvenirs any more: pig-iron models of the Eiffel Tower with a thermometer up the side (whole generations of people were bemused to find that the real thing didn't have a thermometer); stuffed donkeys in sombreros; plastic strings of onions made in Fukushima; cuckoo clocks, Big Bens, Mannekins Pis, Chianti-bottle lamps ... the entire reliquary of foreign travel when it was still a sacrament which left an indelible mark upon soul as well as sideboard; when going across the Channel was booked six months in advance (leading to innumerable car crashes as harassed families dashed for the pre-ordained ferry), when Daddy had a special briefcase for the Travel Documents, when we didn't have much truck with foreigners and their nasty mucked-about food.

Crowds flock to `souvenir' shop

Crowds flock to `souvenir' shop

Obituary: David Rodgers

DAVID RODGERS was a charismatic figure in the museum world; a friend of artists and a protagonist for 20th- century art; a stylish but reluctant writer of rare wit and quick intelligence.

The long roads to peace in Ulster are marked `Shankill' and `Falls'

You can buy a book in the Ulster Souvenirs shop entitled Divided We Stand. Priced at pounds 4.95, it hangs on a rack next to King Billy tea towels and pictures of the Queen. They are all selling well at the moment in the little shop on the Shankill Road in Belfast, but they can't compete with the rush for posters of the Pope, frowning with hands over ears, muttering: "Oh no, not Drumcree again."

No, Wordsworth's path was like a human traffic jam

Kate Simon tried to concentrate on the beauties of Rydal Mount, but found the sound of advancing feet too distracting for contemplation

1914 message in bottle found

THE FINAL words written by a soldier who died 85 years ago have turned up in a bottle in the Thames estuary, and the fisherman who made the discovery has been asked to return the letter to the soldier's family.

Winnie stakes claim to the family home

IT IS a humble township address - Vilakazi Street, Soweto - but a group of people, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, are headed for the highest court in South Africa to prove ownership of it.

Winter Olympics: Switzerland create a little bid of Olympic history

Frugality is a Sion of the new times for an aspiring host.

Architecture & Design: I'll wear my art on my sleeve

You may never be rich enough to buy a masterpiece, but aesthetically inspired accessories offer affordable artistic souvenirs.

Football: Tiers and cheers for souvenirs

3,000 travelling Old Trafford fans rode the emotional rollercoaster in an awesome arena.

The Sioux who lost his shirt

Glasgow is under pressure to return a holy relic to its American Indian owners. Cole Moreton investigates
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