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Serb snipers attack Sarajevo civilians

Sarajevo - Bosnian Serb snipers yesterday killed one man and injured 11 others in the worst attack on civilians in Sarajevo for three weeks, writes Emma Daly. The attack - two sustained bursts of fire at a tram and pedestrians on Vojvode Putnika, known as 'Snipers' Alley' - almost certainly came as retribution for a Bosnian government offensive on Thursday in which 20 Serbs were killed.

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Trams 'better alternative to Tube or bus'

TRAMS should be brought back to London as a cheap alternative to new Underground lines or buses, a conference will be told today.

Visiting Vienna in a whirl: Vince Hunt watches the Schillings on a cheap tour round Austria's capital

It was when I was struck by agonising, hunger-induced stomach cramps on a bus-ride through the Vienna woods that I realised I had perhaps been too keen on keeping overheads down. I had been in the Austrian capital for three days with a price-conscious friend who had just bought a house and wanted a holiday for virtually nothing.

Untrammelled: Trams and light railways still work best

You can wait a long time for a London bus but it's nothing like the wait for a tram. Last time I got off a tram I was just a toddler but I'll be lucky if the next one comes along by the time I'm 50. London's last tram rattled to the scrapyard in 1952. Once, up to 400 trams an hour left the Embankment for south London. But the 300-mile system fell victim to under-investment, obsolete equipment, restrictive and costly legislation and, above all perhaps, changing public transport fashions.

Cable-car rescue

ROME (Reuter) - Firemen rescued 24 people who were stranded when a cable car fell from its overhead wires and killed a man on the slopes of Mont Blanc yesterday. The victim, Francesco Condolucci, 40, was a cable-car operator travelling in an empty cabin that crashed from its wires, firemen from the mountain town of Courmayeur said.

Tram plan

PLANS for a pounds 250m light rail system in Glasgow have been unveiled, more than 30 years after the last trams were replaced by buses. The new rapid transit network, StrathClyde Tram, similar to the Sheffield system opened earlier this year, could be operational by 2000.

Sailing: Home breeze as wind dies

A FRUSTRATING marathon in what was billed as the short offshore race in the Commodores' Cup produced some of England's best results and a resounding win overall for one of the smaller boats, Germany's Thomas I Punkt, the class 3 Mumm 36, writes Stuart Alexander from Cowes.

The Worst of Times: A terrifying journey across town: Elaine Feinstein talks to Danny Danziger

My father and my mother were very different. Father was healthy and outgoing and attractive, mother was a rather timid woman, a little older than my father. She had been a pretty girl, but she was now drawn and frail, and she always seemed to be ill. I know now that she wasn't actually ill; she was having miscarriage after miscarriage, poor woman.

Trams are back, 41 years late

Trams will run on London's streets today for the first time in 41 years. A temporary light railway has been brought to Barking, east London, to test opinion on whether trams should operate permanently.

BOOK REVIEW / Naked prefect's idle beauty: The folding star - Alan Hollinghurst: Chatto & Windus, pounds 15.99

THE TELLING details of Alan Hollinghurst's second novel come in threes. At the beginning, his narrator, the stuffily named Edward Manners, arrives in an unnamed Belgian city and takes the number three tram in pursuit of a pretty boy who is then claimed by a third party, his female lover. A general sense of disaffection has brought Manners here, to earn his living teaching English to two teenage boys; Marcel, fat and asthmatic, and Luc, a blond, louche beauty with whom he becomes obsessed. Luc has two friends (the Trio), one a woman who may or may not be his girlfriend, the other a well-hung boy at the school from which Luc has been mysteriously expelled. Marcel's father, Paul, is the curator of the work of a minor Symbolist artist named Orst, whose obsession with a married actress became the subject of many of his paintings, notably a triptych. And the novel itself falls into three parts. Clever stuff.

BOOK REVIEW / The unruly swamps: Natasha Walter on the brilliant career of a remarkable American poet, Adrienne Rich

In The Fact of a Doorframe (Norton), a reissued volume of selected poems, Adrienne Rich has changed some early works from their original version. In the Fifties, Rich was happy to see the pronoun 'he' as an expression of the universal point of view. But now he is a she. That may sit more comfortably with her inspiring feminism, but Rich will never be able to bring all her different voices into line.

Words: Nasty

THE EXPRESSION video nasty has not yet reached the statute book, but it has got well beyond being just a headline tag, and can be found, though sometimes in inverted commas, in the news columns of respectable dailies. This is rather odd, because nasty used to be a feeble word, first-class for a passing insult ('You've got a nasty mind') but without much bite. No one 50 years ago would have thought it adequate for the films whose bad influence on the young has been troubling MPs.

Serbians tighten their grip on UN 'hostages'

AWAY FROM the fighting in Gorazde, the stand-off between the United Nations and the Bosnian Serbs showed no sign of coming to an end yesterday. The UN described Serbian policy towards its troops in Bosnia as 'harassment', and up to 200 UN military and civilian personnel remained virtual hostages of the Serbs, 'for their own safety'.

Travel: If hot, stick with the ice pack

Austria, where most of the winter skiing resorts are low and limited, has glaciers that provide, curiously, some of the best summer skiing in the Alps. Solden is well known for its two worthwhile glacier areas, but the pick of the bunch is Hintertux, a much smaller village at the head of the Zillertal (of which the main resort is Mayrhofen). Over the hill to the west, but miles away by road, is the little-known but extensive Pitztal glacier; St Leonhard is the biggest village in the valley. A little to the east, the Stubai glacier is also impressive; Neustift is the main place to stay. (The Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun, much farther east, is not in the same league, so not described below.)
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