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Apparently it's going to be a bumper autumn for spiders. Oh dear. I am a committed arachnophobe, and run screaming like a girl from any room in which the presence of one is even suspected. It's a true phobia –irrational, and totally without cause. And it's only spiders – I don't mind snakes, for example. (Well, I wouldn't say I like snakes but I'd leave a room containing one a tad slower than I would one with a spider in.)

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Rhod Gilbert and the Cat that looked like Nicholas Lyndhurst, Pleasance Courtyard

Not only is Rhod Gilbert a fantastic comedian, he's a fantastical one. He lives and dies by weaving a fictional tapestry, the weight of which could drag him under at any moment. Once, his intricate illusion went by the name of the made-up town of Llanbobl, but for the last two years he has asked us to inhabit a new world, one of pain in the face of the trials of everyday existence, the comedy equivalent of Portmeirion in The Prisoner.

The Insider: Brush up on the best vacuum cleaners around

We all want a vacuum cleaner that effortlessly picks up dust and dirt, but the latest models offer much more than that. From dinky, space-saving models to those that come with hi-tech electronic dust sensors, there's a shape and size to suit every household. It's not all about style and features, though a great vacuum cleaner needs to perform well on the floor surfaces you have in your home and be reliable, too.

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Jeremy Warner: What makes for a Depression?

Outlook Recession or depression? A year ago, the debate was still about whether we might avoid a recession. Today it is about whether there will be an outright depression. There appears to be no dictionary definition of the difference between the two. My thanks, therefore, to a regular US correspondent, Henry Liebman, who points out that before the Great Depression of the 1930s, debt obliterations of the type we are now going through used to be called "panics". Herbert Hoover changed the term to "depression", thinking it would be more palatable. Harry Truman didn't want to go back to depressions so he started the term "recession". And the next five years? Maybe we should start using an even more old-fashioned term – "slump".

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