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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Johnson returns as Vialli era is forgotten

Watford 2 Grimsby Town 0

Sherwood makes his peace with Spurs

Watford 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Another loss for Labour

Letter: Christmas gifts

Sir: Mark Steel ("Here's to a godless Christmas", 21 December) ably demonstrates that it is all too easy to rubbish those of us who claim to be Christians (and I have no doubt that some of us deserve to be rubbished). It is somewhat more difficult for us to rubbish journalists and other media gurus, since most appear have an infinite capacity to speak or write yet not to listen too much. I suggest Mr Steel spends a bit more time examining the founder of Christianity and less on those who falteringly claim to follow him.

Going Out: Theatre - CURTAIN CALLS

If she had not withdrawn from rehearsals - a torn Achilles tendon - Judi Dench (above) would have been the first person to record the Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Trevor Nunn smash hit "Memory". I suspect that the great Dame was cast in Cats for two reasons. Firstly, she was London's first Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and secondly, she broke hearts singing the beautiful "It's Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn" in the almost forgotten Andre Previn/ Johnny Mercer musical The Good Companions.

Letter: First motorway

Sir: Metrocentricity strikes again (leading article, 2 November). The first stretch of motorway in Britain was the Preston bypass section of the M6, not the M1 between Watford and Rugby. Yes, we even have cars north of Watford.

Increase in trains passing red lights `puts lives at risk'

MORE lives will be lost on the railways unless urgent action is taken to prevent an increasing number of trains - two a day on average - passing red signals, the Government's safety watchdog warned yesterday.
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