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I'm out of the house by 9.30. It's usually Radio 5 in the car, but I've got a CD player in there too. I know some people say footballers have terrible taste in music, but I would dispute that. In the car at the moment I've got the Corrs, Cher, Phil Collins, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart. - Sunday Times (D Hayes)

Burglars who found a bag of powder during a break-in in Chadwell Heath, Essex, thought it was cocaine and tried to snort the contents. The bag, marked Charlie, [contained] the ashes of a dead dog. The owner, Dee Blyth, said: "It was horrible knowing they were in my house, but the idea of them trying to get high on a dog made me feel better." - Sunday Times (Sigrid Rabiger)

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This article first appeared in the 20 November 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Interview - Lord Falconer