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THEATRE / Leading the life of a dog: Paul Taylor on Steven Berkoff's One Man at the Garrick Theatre

Like Richard Goolden and Moley, like Pavlova and the Dying Swan, Steven Berkoff and the role of a rabid Rottweiler were made for each other. He impersonates Roy, a 'tank with teeth', in the last of the three solo turns that make up his One Man show at the London Garrick Theatre. He also plays Roy's owner, a skinhead Millwall supporter and, as he effects lightning switches of identity between the beer- swilling yob and the fang-baring, lead-straining mutt, you are hard put to say which is the less burdened with sensitivity.

Travel: A swan through clotted cream country: Jane Austen meets the Jurassic period on the rigorous but rewarding West Dorset Coastal path. Tony Kelly explores

KATE and I were looking for a walk that had hills, things to see along the way and good places to stop for food and drink. We settled on the West Dorset Coastal Path and began at Abbotsbury, a honeypot village of thatched stone cottages which, since the Middle Ages, has been owned almost entirely by a single family.

Swan killer jailed under 1592 law

A SOMERSET man has become the first person this century to be jailed for slaughtering swans under a law of 1592 introduced by Henry VIII, writes Mary Braid.

Creativity: Forty-two ways to use a number

A FORTNIGHT ago, we took a break from normal creativity to consider the mystical number 42. The response has been so great (at least 42 letters) that we feel obliged to return to the topic today.

BOOKS / The swan who turned into an ugly duckling: Christina Hardyment on the campaign for a great Dane, Hans Christian Andersen

ELIAS BREDSDORFF is a man with a mission. He wants wider adult recognition of the genius of Hans Christian Andersen, a writer whom Danes venerate as much as we venerate Shakespeare. Professor of Scandinavian Studies at Cambridge from 1960 to 1979, Bredsdorff is now 81, but his energy and his passion for Andersen is undiminished.

Vosper poaching row

THE SHIPBUILDING regions of Tyneside and the Solent were at loggerheads yesterday after it emerged that a rival warship yard is planning to lure skilled workers away from the closure-threatened Swan Hunter yard, writes Michael Harrison.

Racing: Swan returns to pursue justice: Ireland's champion rider seeks redress in tomorrow's Whitbread Gold Cup. Clive Hughes reports

ANYONE would think the poor horse was cursed. Every time the Irish-trained Cahervillahow steps off the plane to run in Britain he is, it seems, doomed.

Racing: Swan leaves home for Home

CHARLIE SWAN, Ireland's champion jockey, is in action at Kempton today, when he rides Home Counties for Nick Henderson.

Stamp issue pays tribute to swannery

THE Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, which is home to the largest colony of nesting mute swans in Britain (some of which are pictured, right) this month celebrates its 600th anniversary.

FILM / Needle and the damage done: L 627 (15) Bertrand Tavernier (Fr); Raising Cain (15) Brian De Palma (US); Man Trouble (15) Bob Rafelson (US); Danzon Maria Novaro (Mex)

Lucien 'Lulu' Marguet, of the Paris drugs squad, is affixing a new plaque to his unit's very conspicuously unmarked van. Le joint francais, it says, a punning sign for a fictional plumbing company. It's a moment of small, self-indulgent levity in what is otherwise a glum line of work (and besides, the police budget not normally running to this kind of frippery, he has paid for it out of his pocket).

Football: Robins routed by Vale

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OPERA / The cross she has to bear: Edward Seckerson on The Force of Destiny, Mark Elder's ENO swan-song

LEONORA finds her God in the closing moments of Nicholas Hytner's new production of Verdi's The Force of Destiny. A cruel white light illuminates her ravaged form; the world she leaves behind is a vision of ugliness, a barren terrain strewn with terracotta crucifixes and rocks against a queasy green sky - a Giotto painting glimpsed in a nightmare. Hytner is in no doubt about the kind of world that forsakes Leonora: it isn't fate or the force of destiny, but family, church, and state that conspire against her.

A bumper moon shines over the harvesters: Spooning lovers and farmers watch out] The evening sky can fool your eyes - at any time of the year. Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest explain

LOVERS have always spooned under the moon, but it has a more practical significance for farmers. When it is full, the moon provides enough light for farm hands to work after sunset - well into the night if need be. And never is that help needed more than in September, the traditional month for the harvest. 'By the moon the reaper weary, piling sheaves in uplands airy', overhears the song of Tennyson's Lady of Shalott.

Racing: Swan's gain

Charlie Swan, Ireland's champion jumps jockey, succeeded yesterday in persuading officials in Melbourne to reduce the five-week suspension they imposed on him for careless riding. The ban will now last four days.
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