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Vasile Belea was separated from his son in Stockwell station when the tube doors closed on him before he could enter the train carriage

August, the month of `squashed dog' stories: The Independent Archive

3 August 1988 The French like the idea of a security ring round the hospital to repel people intent on killing the pig. This is the Britain they recognise

Down the mines at 15, hands useless at 51

RAYMOND CHAPMAN can barely hold steady his cup of tea. A miner for 37 years, he spent 30 of them chipping away at the coalface of Barnborough main pit.

Outdoors: Beware the bracken fronds

Avoid ferny ground this summer: the plants harbour ticks carrying a debilitating disease. By Malcolm Smith

Travel: Kerala - Where the drip, drip, drip on your forehead is far from torture...

AYURVEDA is the centuries-old Vedic herbal medical approach used in many parts of India. Kerala is its home, and the famous Aryavaidya Sala college and hospital is in the town of Kottakal.

Joys Of Modern Life: 1. velcro sandals

FOR the past 20 years I haven't worn shoes. Where do I go, that I need shoes? I wore trainers, always plain white, whether going to the Groucho Club, while living in London, or walking up Grasmoor, while living in Lakeland. In really nasty weather, I might put on some wellies, but mainly I lived in trainers.

Cause Related Marketing: The name of the game is all in a good cause

Consumers are more than happy to buy a product linked to a charity, but the issue and the product have to complement each other. By Richard Cook

Women in heels totter towards an arthritic future

WOMEN who wear high-heeled shoes risk tottering all the way to the rheumatology clinic, writes Jeremy Laurance.

`Miracle' cure brings blessings on arthritis sufferer and Italian village

ECCLESIASTICAL authorities in Rome are studying evidence that a British woman suffering from chronic arthritis underwent a "miraculous" recovery after visiting a holy shrine.

Hunters put a spin on the seal market

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) - Weary of being branded thugs and butchers, Canada's seal hunters are fighting back with a slick marketing campaign touting such products as seal pepperoni and seal-oil pills.

Did you know that prune awareness week is nearly with us?

When each day is but an opportunity for selling, no cause gets a good outing

Letter: The price of pain rises

PRESCRIPTION and non-prescription medicines are a major cost for the eight million people whose arthritis is so severe it falls within the medical category of "chronic". The main symptom of arthritis is pain.

Man released after 23 years in jail for 'murder that never was'

A 70-YEAR-OLD man spent his first day of freedom in 23 years yesterday after it emerged that the woman he was convicted of murdering probably died of natural causes.

Cannabis Campaign: Campaign Letters

I Was born in 1939. A few years ago I was told my blood pressure was so high that I would succumb quickly via a stroke or heart attack. I was crippled with arthritis and hospitalised three to four times a year. A member of my family suggested cannabis. Out of sheer desperation I tried it. After a week of smoking 3-4 a day my psoriasis had virtually gone and my blood pressure was normal. Decriminalise cannabis for medical reasons, for goodness sake.

NHS to issue guidance on best treatments

The Government is due to publish its White Paper on the future of the NHS next week. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, reports it will seek to offer fresh hope to some sufferers from stroke, asthma and arthritis.

Health: Twins tell us things about truths about pain that nobody else could

Some people feel pain more readily than others. Is that nature or nurture? New research involving identical and non-identical twins tells us it's nurture says Jeremy Laurance.
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?