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David Bennun, The Guardian, February 1999

AS LOW POINTS go, this one was not merely a dip in life's road. It was a chasm. A gorge. A bloody great sheer-sided canyon. It was the end of 1989. The close of what had been, for many people and in many ways, a decade not entirely to be savoured. And for one Rick Smith, it must have seemed like the end of everything.

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