Property: Stepping Stones

One couple's property story

Theatre Review: Tragic roundabout

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Music: Phil-harmony, as not seen on TV

Philharmonia Orchestra

Obituary: Robin Bailey

IN A career spanning 60 years, Robin Bailey became a distinguished actor on the London stage and appeared in many films, but he was most memorable on television, where he displayed a talent for both comic and serious roles.

Arts: Cornwall or bust

Theatre: FREEBIRD, NEW VIC STUDIO, BRISTOL OLD VIC

The Irritations of Modern Life; 20: Round Robin Letters

IT'S THAT time of year again: when the round robins come bob, bob bobbin' through your letterbox. By Christmas Eve you'll know all about Martha's hip operation, will have heard about Clive and Louise's trip to Hawaii, and will know why poor Elmer can't be with the family this Christmas.

Mental health reforms: Deadly toll

According to an analysis by the Zito Trust, an average of 20 people a year are killed in Britain by people suffering mental illness, chiefly schizophrenia. Subsequent inquiries often find breakdowns in supervision, and patients failing to take medication. On several occasions parents and siblings had pleaded to have the patient detained shortly before the killing. Among the cases were:

Football: Argyle aware of Allner's giant-killing stock

ONLY ONCE since they joined the new Third Division of the Football League have Plymouth Argyle been knocked out of the FA Cup by a non-League club. Twenty years ago the Devon side, under the flamboyant managership of Malcolm Allison, went down 2-0 after a woeful display at Worcester City.

Middle England carries on shopping

WELL-DRESSED and purposeful, the people wandering through the pedestrianised heart of Basingstoke are typical of a new breed of sophisticated shopper which is far more interested in a good-quality buy than a bargain.

Property: Tough rules for new(t) housing

Animals need nice homes as much as we do, and developers have to be very careful when building on sites where rare or threatened species may be in evidence. Mary Wilson reports

CRITICS CHOICE: OPENING THIS WEEK

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Two Newcastles planned for south-east

MORE THAN 250,000 new houses, equivalent to a city twice the size of Newcastle upon Tyne, should be built in the Home Counties between 2006 and 2016, a powerful regional planning committee will propose today.

SPORTING DIGEST: BOXING

SPORTING DIGEST: BOXING

Letter: Roots of violence

Sir; At last, it is publicly acknowledged that cruelty to animals is linked to extremes of antisocial behaviour.

Spread of Silicon Valley transforms greenery into `suburban nightmare'

ONE OF THE staunchest barriers to housebuilding in the unspoilt countryside of southern England may come down as a result of a major planning enquiry starting tomorrow.
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve