This is my select query, I want to only see an abstract of the col news_text (you'll be able to click on more... if you want to see more) BUT I get nothing? I do remember this not liking when I checked from Kev's book but didn't take much notice... anybody spot my error?

$result= "SELECT nid, news_title, left(news_text,100), news_image FROM news where news.cid=1";