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Funny how rubbish skips creep up on you

I was looking at a skip being removed the other day, just idly watching the great metal rubbish bin being hoisted into the sky, and it suddenly occurred to me that when I was a lad I had never seen this being done because when I was a lad there were no such things as skips.

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It is the red box surrender. The Independent can reveal that in an astonishing outbreak of defeatism no less than six Conservative Cabinet ministers have asked for their ministerial boxes to be packed up as souvenirs - something only done when ministers leave office.

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Rugby: rance call up Aucagne

Injuries have once again forced the French selectors to reshuffle their team for Saturday's Five Nations' Championship Grand Slam decider against Scotland at Parc des Princes.

The profit is out there for 'X-files' souvenirs

The press-pack, the X-Files poster and burger-bar memorabilia are tomorrow's antiques. Collectors have sent prices soaring for items most people would throw away, but devotees believe are outstanding examples of today's popular culture.

Fred West house to be demolished

Contractors will begin work on Monday to demolish completely the Cromwell Street home of serial killers Frederick and Rosemary West and a derelict neighbouring building.

Driver's `grisly souvenirs'

Stuart Morgan, accused of murdering the French student Celine Figard, kept a cache of his victim's belongings hidden behind a wall in his garage, Worcester Crown Court was told yesterday.

Shopping Travel Special: Mugs from Tunbridge, donkeys from Majorca - memories are made of this

I blame the Vikings and Francis Drake. If only the Vikings hadn't been so keen on pillaging and looting when they weren't raping, and Francis Drake hadn't set the fashion of swapping cheap trinkets for gold, the souvenir business would not be in the terminally tatty state in which we find it today. Does anybody know, incidentally, what the difference is between pillaging and looting? Or were the Vikings just being tautological between rapes?

Croats going back with odd souvenirs

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Nuisance caller: can I cash in on your statue?

"Hello, Antony Gormley speaking." "Hello, I'm phoning to find out whether you might be interested in some support I'd like to give to your giant steel angel project. I've read all about it."

Souvenir king becomes Britain's newest billionaire

The super-rich: Unknown businessman enters wealth league

Scientist doubts if Shergar case is drawing to a close

The head of the Weatherbys' Bloodtyping Laboratories in Co. Kildare, John Flynn, yesterday sought to play down stories that an end to the 13- year riddle of Shergar's disappearance is near.

Dance / Royal Ballet Dance Bites The Swan, High Wycombe and on tour

Dance Bites, the Royal Ballet's small-scale touring project - which calls at four venues over the next couple of weeks - is the company's most dutiful annual attempt to inject fresh choreographic blood into its staid repertoire without alienating its audience. The compromise isn't as cynical as it might sound: regional audiences, deprived of Royal Ballet performances, get to see some of the company's best dancers yet, commendably, the Royal doesn't pander to popular expectations or demand for full-length classics. Of course, the arrangement is mutually beneficial in that it also allows the company a safe testing ground for new choreography.
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