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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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine