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Angry depositors ran amok at a bank in central Harare on Monday, breaking down a door and smashing windows after money ran out to pay withdrawals as cash shortages worsen.

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British society changes overnight as bureaucrats re-classify us all

EVERY ONE being British - or at least able to exercise that quintessentially British quality of restraint - no one actually mentioned the eldest son of Princess Margaret by name. But the Viscount Linley question hunger in the air at the launch of the Government's new definitions of class yesterday.

Sorry William, you can never win when you've been branded a loser

Blair has around him the skills of the greatest political strategists of our time. Hague has Sebastian Coe

Theatre: Troilus and Cressida The Pit (0171-638 8891)

The last time the RSC put on this play, it was all muscular thighs and bursting thongs. Michael Boyd's new staging reverts to the more usual practice of referring to World War I, but adds a twist by presenting the Trojans as an extended Irish family. By contrast, the Greeks, in suits, look like pistol-toting bank managers re-enacting the Fall of Troy. There are some strong performances - Paul Hamilton as Ajax, Sara Stewart as Helen of Troy - but it's not the greatest compliment to say that this production has its moments.

Theatre: Beware Greeks wearing suits

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA RSC THE PIT

Go Higher: Make friends with your bank

Ignore special offers and choose the bank that will suit your needs best, writes Alex Watts

Go Higher: Who to turn to for financial help

HOWEVER HARD you try to make your finances last, there will probably come a time when your money runs out.

Restaurants: Reality bites

No wonder the ladies who lunch can afford to go shopping all afternoon - it's because they've saved so much money by eating at the best restaurants at the cheaper time!

The customers' champion

Bill Dalton, Midland's boss, is not what you expect from the British banking establishment; the Hilary Clarke interview

Film: Dark Blood: the vanishing of a Hollywood star

George Sluizer was the last man to direct River Phoenix before the actor's untimely death. He was also responsible for the creepiest thriller of the Eighties - the `disappearance' movie to end them all. Or so you'd think.

Close Encounter: Why I won't survive

JOANNA BRISCOE GETS WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Seventies disco revival throbs on. But who exactly is it strutting their funky stuff 'neath the strobes? A night out in Soho revealed all

Friday Book: The life of Dennis the menaced

DENNIS POTTER: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY BY HUMPHREY CARPENTER, FABER & FABER, pounds 20

Female boss who made man mop floor is guilty of sex bias

THE COUNTRY'S youngest female bank manager was guilty of sex discrimination against a male employees, an industrial tribunal ruled yesterday.

In the Sticks: The chicken lorry had the best career

I KEEP seeing the names of people I was at university with popping up in prominent positions. People who didn't have a brain cell at 19 have blossomed into geniuses by 40, with words before their names like Professor and Dame. All I have to offer where it says "title" on forms is "Miss", and even that's a terrible mistake.

Midweek Money: Someone you can bank on in times of trouble

In the first of a series on how customers can make effective complaints , John Andrew looks at the sterling work of the Banking Ombudsman
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
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Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Holocaust Memorial Day

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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness