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Letter: Reputation for accuracy

IN ORDER to preserve your enviable reputation for accuracy, may I correct the caption to the picture showing a vehicle in a bomb crate during the blitz on London. It is a bus of the type known as ST, not a tram. I used them frequently at the time.

MUSEUMS / Back on track: The London Transport Museum has changed. Out go the trainspotters. In come the feminists. Christian Wolmar reports

The image problem of the London Transport Museum was amply demonstrated at last week's press conference on its reopening. After the curator, Mark Dennison, gave a talk stressing how the Museum was trying to move away from its image of 'an engine shed full of dusty old train engines visited by train spotters,' up popped a chap in an anorak. 'Where' he said 'did you get that B-type bus from?' He was told, in great detail.

Hold tight] Belgium goes off the rails: The tramway along the Flanders coast offers some bizarre and beautiful sights. Stephen Wood took the trip

CHOOSING the site for the next mini-golf world championships will be a simple matter. Desmond Lynam won't have to go to Monte Carlo, and Manchester need not apply: Belgium's human rights record and its infrastructure can't be matched. As The Belgium Coast All Year Round] (available from Ostend Tourist Office) reveals, the 40-mile stretch of the country's Channel coast offers no fewer than 36 mini-golf courses, plus a rapid transport system that connects them all. At the eastern end, Knokke-Heist ('A Colourful Palette', proclaims the guide) has no fewer than five; Nieuwpoort (curiously, 'A Taste For Water') has four; down near the French border, even De Panne (merely 'Seaside Resort') has three.

End of the Pier: Nostalgia meets blue jokes in God's waiting room: Continuing a series on British piers, Martin Wroe finds vulgarity and peace in Blackpool

'WHAT is it with Blackpool?' Jim Davidson asks from the stage of the Pavilion Theatre at the end of the North Pier in Blackpool. 'I've never seen so many old people. It's like God's waiting room.'

Happy Anniversary: Last outing for London's famous trams

SOME dates to celebrate in the coming week:

Antwerp: who can know it and not rave?

SAMUEL BUTLER, of Erewhon fame, reports how a friend heard at dinner a clergyman 'raving' about Antwerp. 'You feel,' rhapsodised the man of God, 'under the spell of a certain painter - Rubens, for instance. As you go about the streets, you feel as though you might meet him at any corner.' 'Ah,' his hostess drily responded, 'when we were there we went about in the trams.'

Letter: Transported back in time by a photograph

Sir: In the caption to your photograph of a horse-drawn tram (2 June), you say there were '296 such trams in London towards the end of the last century'. I was born in 1900 and lived in Wood Green. To visit my grandparents in Highbury New Park, I took a tram to Manor House, where I changed to a horse-tram (on an incline a trace horse was attached).

Travel: World's cheapest fare?

THE BATTLE for the title of world's cheapest public transport has restarted. Christopher Mabley, of Feltham, writes to say that in Warsaw last October he was able to make one journey to anywhere in the city by bus or tram for 4,000 zloti: about 3p. 'I can't imagine anything much cheaper than that,' Mr Mabley writes.

Country Matters: From Thursday your cat must wear a muzzle

FROM next Thursday, under the terms of European decree EC/93/499, the house mouse (Mus musculus) is to become a protected animal, and every householder in Britain will have to make arrangements to ensure its preservation.

BOOK REVIEW / What an unlovely war: 'Balkan Express' - Slavenka Drakulic Tr. Maja Soljan: Hutchinson, 8.99 pounds

IN ONE of these essays, Slavenka Drakulic remembers the idea of a 'war for freedom'. It is an idea that lodged in the subconscious of her generation, that of post-war Yugoslavia. And the idea survived, despite the fact that much of the former regime's version of history and reality was recognised and rejected as caricature. Other things came to seem ridiculous, but not that idea of the heroic war, the war that 'was not a futile and senseless bloodletting but on the contrary a heroic and meaningful experience that was worth more than its one million victims'.

The day the friendly colonel stopped saying 'Guten Tag'

'HIER sind die Mittagsnachrichten] (This is the midday news). State President von Hindenburg has appointed Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Party, Chancellor of Germany.' It was Monday, 30 January 1933, in Breslau, capital of the German province of Silesia. My parents, two sisters and I had just started lunch. First to break the stunned silence was my father: 'He won't last long. He doesn't have a majority. Let's finish our meal.'

Armenia freezes

Moscow (Reuter) - Armenia spent a fourth day without outside energy supplies yesterday, deepening an economic crisis which has closed industry and left homes freezing without power for 22 or 23 hours a day. In the capital, Yerevan, there were few cars, and no buses or trams, on the streets.

Shall I compare thee to an omnibus?: Driving a bus isn't just a job - it's some people's most passionate fantasy, says Jonathan Glancey

LAST week at Bristol magistrate's court, sentence was postponed on Robert Hammill, 19, of Wells. Hammill had been charged with stealing a pounds 140,000 National Express Rapide coach and a coach-driver's jacket, driving while disqualified and without insurance and obtaining diesel by deception.

Return of London trams takes step closer

THE RETURN of trams to the streets of London came a step nearer yesterday with the signing of an agreement to pay for the initial project costs of the Croydon tramlink.
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