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IT WOULD have been sad to end the year without another visitation from Dr Wordsmith, our peripatetic expert on the way we speak today, so I am delighted to say that this unpredictable linguist has just blown into the office on his way from one Christmas-tide party to another. He has expressed his willingness to tackle your end-of-the-year queries and to raise a glass to you all, so over to you, Dr Wordsmith!

Fitness regime that cannot be delayed any longer

EVERY MORNING outside our children's school, at about the time 400-or-so children are jumping out of cars and people carriers and forgetting their bags and leaving the doors open and pulling each other's hats off and stepping deliberately into puddles and running when they should be walking and shouting and getting shouted at and dropping things and picking up things they shouldn't, at round about that time a lone jogger of advanced years makes his way down the road.

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IAN MARTIN'S mind is elsewhere when General Kiki Shahnakri of the Indonesian Army, the TNI, opens his briefing to ambassadors of the UN Security Council on the situation in Dili. The tall, balding Briton in charge of the besieged Unamet compound here is tucking in.

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Eating Out: Taste of things to come

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IN THE old days millenarians were worried about the end of the world. Now we are worried about whether the fridges will work when the date hits a big round number. The Government is caught on the horns of a classic dilemma: it wants us to be worried, but not too worried.

EU agrees drift-net ban

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Food: Salt of the earth

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Taking Control: The power in a tuna sandwich

Stealth, denial, determination. These are the tools of a true control freak. Most people know at least one. In fact most people are related to at least one. I am no exception and, as Exhibit A, I would like to present the battle of the sandwiches.

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