Sport Hail Cesar: Azpilicueta has started 14 of Chelsea’s last 16 games, adding an understated solidity to the team’s defence

Full-back tells Miguel Delaney how he worked on his strength and won over Jose Mourinho by putting ‘the team first, second and third’

An urban tree-planting scheme is attracting everyone from hoodies to catwalk models

Recognising a catwalk model is not always easy – and it becomes especially difficult when she's swathed in worker gear and wearing outsize gloves while engaged in a spot of tree-planting. At Lant Street, in Southwark, south-east London this sunny Saturday morning, the whole estate has turned out for a midwinter tree-planting session. In these surroundings, the sight of a skinny blonde girl helping a local estate kid could easily go unnoticed.

A nation of winners when it comes to whingeing

Should we get the Olympics, let's all look forward to what we enjoy most: complaining

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No more Ritz lifestyle as unrepentant couple say sale of home is inevitable

OTHERS WOULD have kept quiet after the disaster at the High Court and the public ignominy that followed, but that is not the style of Neil and Christine Hamilton.

TORIES IN CRISIS: Unrepentant Hamiltons resigned to losing home start life as have-nots

OTHERS WOULD have kept quiet after the disaster at the High Court and the public ignominy that followed, but that is not the style of Neil and Christine Hamilton.

When my time is up spare me the NHS bed

WHEN I reach my sell-by date I shall certainly not hang around long enough to be starved to death in a NHS bed. Sinister reports that medical staff are practising involuntary euthanasia on geriatric patients to release hospital beds makes me more determined than ever to meet my end with the dignity of an Irraqua squaw.

Thames is `unsafe for millennium party' claim

FEARS HAVE been raised about safety on the Thames in London, ahead of millennium celebrations in which the river will play a central role.

Property Three To View: Mansion Houses

FROM ITS Gothic arched front door to its leaded-light windows, Keble House in south-west London tries to be an imposing country mansion. The development of flats however, stands in well-groomed grounds on suburban Putney Hill. The top-floor flat currently for sale has four bedrooms (one overlooks the tennis courts, though the fourth is more suited in size to a study), and is being sold with a share of the freehold and a garage. There's a lift to the top floor. The price has been reduced by pounds 30,000 to pounds 375,000; details from Gascoigne-Pees (0181-788 7884).

Interiors: The carpet revolution

For years they were regarded as fusty, dusty and only fit for the attic. But, Amicia de Moubray writes, rugs are back, and this time they're more art than antique

Property Hot Spot Battersea: A dog's life? Hardly

In the shadow of the dogs' home and the iconic power station, this corner of south-west London is booming. Just don't call it Clapham.

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Tennis: Henman & Co in final

TIM HENMAN will compete in the first clay court doubles final of his career at the Monte Carlo Open today. The British No 1, partnering the Frenchman Olivier Delaitre for the first time, was involved in a fine 6-4, 7-5 win against Don Johnson, of the United States, and Cyril Suk, of the Czech Republic, in yesterday's semi-finals.

Tennis: Krajicek shows respect to giant-killer

WHEN A blaring tape recording of the Marseillaise greeted Sebastien Grosjean's arrival at Le Bouchon du Grove restaurant in Miami, it was not only because he comes from the city synonymous with the anthem. The former junior world No 1 had become the first Frenchman to reach the singles final at the Lipton Championships in the 15 years of the tournament, and the chef was hoarse from cheering him.

Tennis: Briton makes sharp start

GREG RUSEDSKI cruised into the second round of the Newsweek Champions Cup in Indian Wells, California, yesterday with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over the 1998 Australian Open champion, Petr Korda.

Partners: Dick Powell and Richard Seymour

The two founders of the industrial design firm Seymour Powell met after completing art college. Their company now employs nearly 30 people and its clients include BMW and Casio. The pair are also broadcasters, having made the Channel 4 series `Designs on Your...'
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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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