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THEY WILL never believe it down Kingsholm way; or rather, they will not believe it until they turn up at Kingsholm and find a supermarket where the most celebrated of all English club rugby grounds used to be. Tom Walkinshaw, the motor racing magnate who now owns 98 per cent of Gloucester RFC following his latest buy-up of shares, went out of his way yesterday to reassure the Cherry and White faithful that he had no immediate desire to knock their world off its axis, but he remains serious about uprooting the city's pride and joy if commercial reality so demands.

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Craig Charles is one of life's exhibitionists. At one point in his live act, the star of Red Dwarf drops his trousers to reveal stockings and suspenders and proceeds to conduct a conversation with the contents of his underpants. He even includes a brave section about his spell in jail on remand: "Now I'm glad I lived it," he claims. "I feel a more complete person. Prison widens your circle of friends. I can now talk about things that no one else has the right to touch. I took the positive aspects of it and forgot the negatives, so I would not turn into a twisted mess. I am able to laugh at myself on stage. It makes me the authentic article."

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