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The school and governors feel that [the school should] stick to the present dress code. Introducing trousers would mean some girls wearing trousers and others skirts. The introduction of trousers for girls introduces choice and therefore creates difficulties for parents. - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Evening Chronicle (David Browning)

It is a sad indictment when none of the parts of the ferris wheel being erected on London's South Bank is made in this country. - Letter in the Guardian (Sigrid Rabiger)

The George and Dragon. A family/local type pub. Good choice of real ales, bitters, lagers and wines. Lawned garden to River Avon. All food is cooked to order and fresh as far as practicable. - Salisbury Official Guide (John Garrett)

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This article first appeared in the 19 July 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The transport row: who is to blame?