George W Bush was once president of controversial Delta Kappa Epsilon

City File: Well backed

WILLIAMS Holdings was once described, by the chief executive of a company at the wrong end of one of its bids, as an 'accountancy-led conglomerate'. Its ticking off by the Accountancy Standards Board and worries about the use of its merger reserve rankle, but the group's results on Friday should show it in resilient form.

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Two Independent readers can each win book collections comprising Walter Sickert by Richard Shone (Phaidon, pounds 25); Sickert and the Camden Town Group by Maureen Connett (David and Charles, pounds 25); and the catalogue of the Sickert show at the RA by Wendy Baron and Richard Shone (Yale, pounds 18.90). Answer the following questions: 1. Which music hall star is portrayed in this painting (right) by Sickert? 2. Which of Sickert's models is in the foreground of his Raising of Lazarus of 1929? 3. Name the future member of the Camden Town Group who was introduced to Sickert in France in 1904. Answers on a postcard, to Sickert, Arts, The Independent, 40 City Rd, London EC1Y 2DB, by 12 Feb.

Shooting from the Hip: Camille Paglia sends feminists into a frenzy. She reveres masculinity ('it's hot]'), tried to match male promiscuity ('I couldn't') and believes date rape is an occupational hazard ('sex is combat]'). Is there any serious point here? Or is she all motormouth?

IN A DARK restaurant on Philadelphia's South Broad Street, Camille Paglia, currently the most fabled warrior in America's culture wars, is acting crazy: popping coconut prawns into her mouth, waving her hands in the air, yelling out a list of all the celebrities who admire her theories on art, sex, nature and the universe. She's just cited Nick Nolte, Annette Bening and Norman Mailer, when the waiter finally comes over to protest about the noise. Paglia doesn't notice him at first. She's on to Lauren Hutton now, and she is not easy to distract.

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow after a meeting

Woody Allen, the film-maker, and Mia Farrow, his former lover, leaving Yale-New Haven Hospital's sexual abuse clinic after a meeting on Thursday. Mr Allen said: 'We're doing our best to try and resolve things'.

BOOK REVIEW / Fearful similarity in the old and new worlds: 'European Encounters with the New World' - Anthony Pagden: Yale, 18.95 pounds

ANTHROPOLOGY has always provided Western thought with deep-rooted convictions about non-European cultures. These amount to a political cosmology, which guides new work on the lives of 'other' cultures. Anthropology ensures, in other words, that the more things change, the more Western perceptions of non-Western cultures stay the same.

BOOK REVIEW / Tyrant with a limited thirst for power: Richard Ollard on a work that sees Charles I as his own man and challenges existing myths - The personal rule of Charles I: Kevin Sharpe Yale pounds 25

WHAT A pleasure to read a learned book that challenges all the received ideas on its period in language that does not shut its readers out behind a door marked 'Seminar in Progress'. The mid-17th century has long been the battleground of English historians, as it was in real life for our unfortunate ancestors. The great, the sovereign virtue of the book is its fairness, indeed its courtesy. Everyone gets a hearing, most valuably those such as Laud or Bishop Matthew Wren who in most modern history books are summarily packed off to the Tower and left to rot, as they were by the Long Parliament.

Obituary: Dr Elias E. Manuelidis

Dr Elias E. Manuelidis, neurologist, died 11 November, aged 74. Former Professor of Neurology at Yale Medical School, 1951-89. Best known for his work on the polio virus, brain tumours and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Yale backs a new old boy

THE LEAVES have already turned throughout New England and on this prestigious campus a majority of students and academics have also switched and are deserting one former Yale undergraduate, George Herbert Walker Bush (BA, class of 1948), in favour of another, Bill Clinton (Law School class of 1973).

Obituary: David von Schlegell

David von Schlegell, sculptor, died New Haven Connecticut 5 October, aged 72. Son of William von Schlegell, the US Impressionist painter, his sculptures were known for their use of streamlined abstract forms and planes. Emeritus Professor at the Yale University School of Art.

BOOK REVIEW / A hand up for the nation: 'Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837' - Linda Colley: Yale, 19.95 pounds

WHEN the widely disliked Prince of Wales finally succeeded to the throne in 1820, his long-estranged wife, Caroline, sought to reclaim her position as Queen. The new King would not be reconciled, and insisted that Caroline be tried for adultery in the House of Lords. But the great British public, and particularly the womenfolk, stood behind the Oueen. As a contemporary ballad urged: 'Ye British wives / Support your injured Queen / Assert her rights; they are your own, / As plainly may be seen.'

BOOK REVIEW / The dark continent of white conscience: White on black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture by Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Yale pounds 20

In a world that is becoming smaller and societies that are becoming multicultural, it may be time for Western culture to examine itself critically in terms of its views of other cultures.

BOOK REVIEW / If they're dancing, then they must be happy: 'White on Black' - Jan Nederveen Pieterse: Yale, 20 pounds

LINFORD CHRISTIE may have won a gold for Britain, but he still represents a classic black stereotype. So does that other black star in the news, Michael Jackson. Blacks, the whites have always believed, are superior athletes and natural entertainers. Christie and Jackson confirm the belief and elevate it to a fact. Jackson's skin-lightening surgery only serves to emphasise the point.

BOOK REVIEW / The sun king takes a shine to style: The fabrication of Louis XIV - Peter Burke: Yale, pounds 19.95

THE FRONT cover admirably conveys the message of Peter Burke's new book: dressed like a Roman emperor and astride a horse, Louis XIV is silhouetted against the horizon and points decisively forward with his right hand. A second glance, however, reveals the artificiality of the scene, for horse and rider are bronze and immobile, waiting to be deployed like an over-large stage prop. The Fabrication of Louis XIV is not concerned with the biography of a king, but rather with the techniques employed in fashioning the image of the most powerful monarch in 17th-century Europe. In many senses, it is a story more fascinating than the mere historical data of Louis' 71-year reign.

Williams may buy Thorn security arm

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