Leading article:Roots on Ramsey Street

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Our early ancestors had terrible travel agents. Had Judith Chalmers and her pals been around they would have swiftly advised Homo erectus to try the delights of the Med rather than the wilds of the Australian outback. Yet newly discovered cave paintings and ancient artefacts suggest that the first human foray out of Africa took place down under after all.

But there is another interpretation. Perhaps human life actually started in Australia. Could it be that the overwhelming popularity in Britain of the Codies, Kylies and Toadies of Ramsey Street is just our yearning to get back to our roots?