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Heavy downpours might have blighted the start of the Bank Holiday weekend for some, but tomorrow the whole country will once again be bathed in sunshine.

Stuck up the Cakehole in wildest protest yet

Matt the tunneller managed to laugh when he pointed at the crack running along the low, impossibly tight ceiling of the clay shaft. "There's no shoring in that bit," he said. "And the crack's getting wider."

Football: Wizardry of Whitby

North Ferriby Utd 0 Whitby Town 3 Logan 26, Williams 61, Toman 75 Attendance: 11,098

Foundation course: Time to coach the coaches

Good man and true he may be, but Dave Watson's appointment as caretaker manager of Everton does illustrate how ill-prepared even some of the biggest English clubs are when it comes to the crucial business of running the team.

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Gogele takes flight

Thomas Gogele shot a course record eight-under 64 at the Houghton Golf Club to hold the first-round lead in the Alfred Dunhill PGA in Johannesburg yesterday.

Obituary: Tony Hawes

"Tony Hawes, meet Denis Gifford," said Bob Monkhouse and Denis Goodwin after a broadcast they had written for Cyril Fletcher and Betty Astell. "He likes Laurel and Hardy too." Which is about as name-dropping a start for an obituary as has ever been written. We shook hands, had a beer and soon discovered we had even more in common than comedy.

Update on ... chewing-gum

In Mexico, youths are reported to be using chewing-gum as a tool to help them rob cars. They work in teams at successive sets of traffic lights in the town of Nezahualcoyotl. At the first set, one youth peruses the contents of the car and sticks gum on its window if he thinks it worth robbing. His companion then does the job further down the road.

Generation gap: Umbilical discord

Val is a single mum living in Hove, East Sussex. Her daughter Catherine, 15, begged to be allowed to have her navel pierced. Val considers herself easy-going but feared that Catherine would live to regret it. Now her daughter has gone ahead - and battle is about to commence on the subject of tattoos

Gum Buster solves sticky problem

It must have happened to everyone. Striding out on a bracing sunny morning full of good intentions only to have one of your footsteps go silently gooey. Or worse, stepping indoors only to tread the damned stuff into someone's carpet.

Trees will be used to fire power station

The construction of Britain's first wood burning power station will start this summer, after the project won planning permission this week.

Cricket: Gough enjoys rough with the smooth

England 334 Matabeleland 181-9

A ringside view at Belshazzar's Feast

It was one of those days when no one could agree what country they were living in.

The Investment Column: Growth jitters on Continent could hold back Electro

Jitters about European growth rates took the shine off another cracking set of results yesterday from Electrocomponents, Britain's biggest catalogue distributor of electronic parts. The 15 per cent rise in pre- tax profits to pounds 48.3m notched up in the first half to September would be the envy of most other companies, particularly in view of the record. As recently as 1992 Electrocomponents was making in 12 months only just over half what it is now making in six.

Unforced errors litter Lions' Maori defeat

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