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The recently retired ITN political editor Michael Brunson says that one of the problems of stardom is that he is never able to walk down the street without being recognised. He relates how one gentleman rushed up to him in Norfolk with the words: "Yes, yes, I know you. You're a solicitor in Great Yarmouth." - Independent (Francis Harvey)

A stone circle of 12 granite boulders, each weighing between two and six tonnes, has been erected on Hillyfields Park in Brockley. The 10ft monoliths form a sundial. Project co-ordinator Polly Ionides said: "The idea was to create a new meeting place for the Brockley Society." - Meridian Line magazine (Imogen Forster)

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This article first appeared in the 01 May 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Why I am voting for Ken Livingstone