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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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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

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The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

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