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Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

European Times: Rome: Ancient wall blocks Vatican's Jubilee plans

WITH LESS than a month to go until the Pope knocks on a Holy Door in St Peter's that is opened only in Jubilee years, work on one of the Vatican's most ambitious projects of the new millennium is hanging in the balance.

Obituary: Charlotte Perriand

UNE VIE de Creation - "A Life of Creation" - is the title of the great designer Charlotte Perriand's autobiography published last year, a book as exuberant, full of the joys of living, as the author herself. She was one of humanity's outstanding energisers, a true creator of new forms, new materials, and a pioneer in the use of industrial materials to achieve graceful, forceful and very witty works to benefit our everyday existence with their sly charm and mischievous misappropriation of unexpected forms and fabrics in utterly appropriate ways.

POET'S CORNER

Unesco contender Ghazi Algosaibi has published 13 volumes of poetry in Arabic, some of which he has translated into English. Here is an example:

Saudi to champion press freedom and women's rights

AT FIRST glance, the proposition seems absurd. A Saudi diplomat and politician is a leading contender to become the next director-general of Unesco, the UN agency which promotes, among other things, women's equality, press freedom and democracy.

St Kilda at `high risk' from oilfields

ST KILDA, Britain's remotest island and most spectacular seabird site, is at "high risk" from the development of the new Atlantic frontier oilfield, the world's leading wildlife watchdog declared yesterday.

Letter: Literary island

Sir: Eric Dickens (letter, 29 June) is right to remind us, literary editors and readers alike, that our choice of literature reflects our widely acknowledged insularity.

Friday Law Report: Jurisdiction to hear planning appeals

11 June 1999 Regina v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and Regions, ex parte Bath and North East Somerset District Council

War in Europe: No words can describe the anguish

SHE SAT trembling and whimpering, wide-eyed, a hunted expression, with no words to explain her anguish and fear. Suzana Bucaj, 22, had spent five weeks fleeing Serbian forces. Terrified, she was first forced to leave her village and then, more cruelly, to return to her ruined home.

Liverpool waterfront is ranked with the Taj Mahal

LIVERPOOL'S WATERFRONT, the New Forest and parts of the Paddington to Bristol railway line are among 25 places in the UK nominated today for World Heritage Status.

India's latest plan to attract more tourists: closing the Taj Mahal

ON THE threshold of "Visit India Year", the Taj Mahal, the most popular monument in the country, and far and away the biggest magnet for foreign tourists, may be forced to close.

Glories of industry to get UN listing

AT FIRST glance, the landscape of the former tin mining areas of Cornwall, marked by engine houses, chapels and miners' institutes, sits uneasily with the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge.

Village blames Smith for world heritage site snub

The people of Saltaire, a model Victorian community, say the Culture Secretary has let them down, reports Mark Rowe

Cornish mines offered as wonder of the world

THE INDUSTRIAL landscape of Wales, Cornish tin mines and the Forth rail bridge in Scotland are being proposed as modern-day wonders of the world.
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Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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