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Who wants digital?

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JOCKEYS AND punters were bewildered by the start of the final race of the day at Chepstow yesterday. The five runners appeared to get away cleanly, but racegoers clearly heard first the racecourse judge, and then commentator Derek Thompson, say that a false start had taken place.

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I HAVE a teenaged son who is a runner. He has, at a conservative estimate, 6,100 pairs of running shoes, and everyone of them represents a greater investment of cumulative design effort than, say, Milton Keynes.

Politics: Millennium bug - Campaign aims to calm fears over Year 2000

FOREIGN AIRLINES that are not protected against the millennium bug will be barred from flying in to or out of the UK, the Government said yesterday.

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Focus: War In Europe: `Parliament' talks of peace

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`Hello darling, I'm on the train'

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The Weasel: In a week of high-seas adventure, I encounter a Force Nine Gale in the Millennium Dome and then swallow a shark at the cinema

It's a trifle disconcerting when the crash of waves on shingle emerges from a patch of lawn in London SE10. I guess you could describe it as a melancholy, long, withdrawing roar (an expression of my own invention, owing scarcely anything to the poet Arnold). It turned out to be a "sound sculpture" by Bill Fontana, which thunders from subterranean loudspeakers along the path leading to the National Maritime Museum's new extension. Greenwich's other dome cost pounds 20m - pounds 11.8m of which was kindly contributed by those generous souls who do the Lottery - and was opened by the Queen last Tuesday.

Russia In Crisis: Tsar removes rival to his uneasy crown

BORIS YELTSIN yesterday tried hard to persuade the world that the reason he fired his prime minister and the cabinet was because they failed to do enough for Russia's emaciated economy.

Snooker: Hendry's relief at finding room with a cue

STEPHEN HENDRY has made more centuries than any other snooker player in history - more than 400 - but his biggest break has occurred away from the table. Thieves broke into his hotel room on Tuesday night and left his most precious possession behind.

Mitsubishi closure costs 240 jobs

THE JAPANESE electronics giant Mitsubishi dealt a fresh blow to Scotland yesterday by announcing the closure of its video recorder manufacturing plant in Livingston with the loss of 240 jobs.

Football: Scientists prove that referees are human

FOOTBALL REFEREES are expected to apply keen observation and cool judgement, uninfluenced by the baying of a partisan crowd. But now researchers have demonstrated that they are human like the rest of us.

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Right old junk

Yeltsin defied on sex scandal

A LARGE spoke was thrust into the wheels of Boris Yeltsin's political bandwagon yesterday when Russia's parliamentarians defied his demand that they sack the country's top prosecutor.

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