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Obituary: Rowan Bentall

Leonard Edward Rowan Bentall, businessman: born Surbiton 27 November 1911; commissioned, Royal Welch Fusiliers 1941; Merchandise Director, Bentalls 1946-63; Managing Director 1963-78, Chairman 1968-78, President 1978-93; Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London 1977; Lord-Lieutenant's Representative Deputy, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames 1979-84; married 1937 Adelia Hawes (died 1986; three sons, two daughters), 1987 Katherine Allan; died Broughton, Hampshire 24 July 1993.

Pisa peeve

Griselda Barton of Tonbridge, Kent, writes with a Dead Albatross nomination for Pisa as the World's Worst Airport. 'Last Monday evening we arrived early enough to have something to eat before the flight. In the restaurant we were told that we couldn't use credit cards so I went to change some sterling.'

Special Report on Long-Haul Air Travel: Plugging into your own itinerary: Frank Barrett reports on two airline timetable publishers who have put their guides on disk

YOU NEED to get from London to Rome tomorrow morning - then catch a flight from Rome to Frankfurt later that afternoon, before flying on to Madrid. How do you plan the trip? How do you find out the cheapest fares? Who can tell you about seat availability?

Schools: Tonbridge School

Sir Colin Cowdrey will preside at a reception held this evening at Skinners' Hall, London, to launch the Tonbridge School Appeal. Information about the Appeal may be obtained from the Appeal Office at the school. Telephone 0732 367274.

Delayed tax return may cost you dear: The Inland Revenue makes mistakes, but often these are the taxpayer's fault, warns Sue Fieldman

IF YOU ARE looking for some light relief over the holiday weekend, why not fill in your tax return?

Rugby Union / UAU Final: Bracken's vain brilliance

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Grant trusts in print

CHARITIES Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched the 1993 Directory of Grant-Making Trusts, which includes information on more than 2,500 organisations that make grants to a variety of good causes.

Charities Update: Taking it on trust

THE Charities Aid Foundation has just published its 13th edition of The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts, containing details of 2,500 foundations and grant-making bodies with a total income of more than pounds 1.4bn. Copies, at 50p, will be available at most public libraries or from: CAF, 48 Pembury Road, Tonbridge, Kent TNQ 2JD, tel 0732 771333.

Charities Update: Shopping with heart

If you have forgotten to send someone a Christmas present or are wondering what to give a friend whose birthday is just after Christmas, then the Charities Aid Foundation's new charity gift vouchers are worth considering. In denominations of pounds 10, pounds 25 or pounds 50, the vouchers are intended to be given to a charity of the recipient's choice. The charity must be either registered with the Charities Commission or be Inland Revenue approved; the CAF double checks the organisation's charitable status before processing the money. Contact: Charities Aid Foundation, 48 Pembury Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2JD, telephone 0732 771333.

Customs man hit commuter in argument over seat

A SENIOR customs officer was yesterday found guilty of assaulting a man who had asked him to move his feet from a train seat.

'Lines may close after BR sell-off'

A POTENTIAL bidder for part of a privatised British Rail has named two lines that could be closed to reduce costs.

Independent Schools: Finding a winner in a sports hall: A prep school in Surrey is inviting parents to view an unusual showcase. Elizabeth Heron reports

AN INDEPENDENT school in Surrey is holding an exhibition for parents on Saturday to provide a showcase for its own work as well as more than 50 other schools.

Letter: Solutions for Britain's economy

Sir: The Government is now telling us daily that devaluation is not its fault, but a consequence of world recession. Up to a point, Lord Copper. How about the fact that the only member of the EC for which a forecast of negative growth is being made for this year is Britain (the Economist, 19 September)? Technically the others are not in recession at all.

Letter: Who's afraid of a debate on Darwin?

I DO NOT believe, nor have I ever suggested, that the Earth is 10,000 years old ('Darwin's theory still the fittest', 13 September). I present in my book scientific evidence that current methods of geochronometry are flawed and that it is impossible at present to say with any confidence how old the Earth is.

Letter: Scottish prayers

Sir: May I add a Scottish footnote to your correspondence on prayers for the Royal Family? As early as 1779 the Catholic bishops and clergy in Scotland decided that such petitions should be included among those commonly used before Mass on major feasts.
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