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’

Bombers who still fan the flames

ONCE the high explosives and small phosphorus bombs with their load of sticky fire had been dropped on the German homes below, there was little time for the seven men cramped in a Lancaster bomber to study the flames, let alone think of women and children burning.

Rathayatra festival

A Hare Krishna follower leading a chant in London yesterday, when devotees pulled a two-ton chariot carrying the deity form of Lord Krishna from Marble Arch to Battersea Park, where the sect's Rathayatra festival was celebrated with dance and song.

Property: So what would pounds 100,000 get you today?: Anne Spackman surveys current prices, compares them with those of 10 years ago, and takes a shuddering glance at the peak of 1988

Ten years ago, pounds 100,000 would have bought you a three- bedroom flat in Kensington, an old rectory in the country or an island off Scotland. Four years later, when the market peaked in the last quarter of 1988, pounds 100,000 was just below the average price for any house in Greater London and the South-east. That average has now fallen to pounds 77,000. So what would pounds 100,000 buy you today?

Marriage of convenience: Will these strange celebrity couplings never end?

First Adam and Naomi. Then Lyle and Julia. Now Adidas and Nintendo: the sporty young thing is bedding down with the sofa spud, the two of them brought together by a common ability to sell large quantities of consumer goods to teenagers.

Boys and girls come out to play: Part Two of our bumper guide to summer activities for children

If you thought street theatre was all about buskers belting out renditions of Yesterday outside Tube stations, you're in for a surprise. The BT Streets of London Festival '94, a window on inventive and entertaining street spectacle - from mime, illusion, stilt-walking and clowning, to bungee jumping, pyrotechnic wizardry and mechanical creation - has brought together 40 international companies to roam the city's streets in celebration of outdoor theatre. The centrepiece, which captures the spirit of this year's festival is The Coming, a 45-minute piece involving five different groups or 'tribes' from all over Europe. Audiences are invited to come along in costume and prepare to party. All events are free, except where stated, and suitable for children. For more information, ring 0273 821588. Photograph: Alan Crumlish

Whitehall issues nine battle orders to fight the goose menace

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday announced an ecological campaign against the Canada goose, accusing it of hitting aircraft, covering parks in excreta, flattening flowerbeds and grassy borders and 'acting aggressively towards humans'.

Black tie me kangaroo down: Barbie guys and dolls go walkabout in Battersea

'Struth cobbers (etc etc) here's some ammo for those who've always said that south London was a desert: a party that turns Battersea Park into the Outback for an evening.

Pembroke: Mellor backs a winner

DAVID MELLOR, the fun-loving Chelsea supporter and former National Heritage Secretary, was special guest at an appreciation of spread betting (where you buy and sell at a spread price as in the stock market) held by City Index to coincide with the Italy v Bulgaria World Cup semi-final.

Pembroke: Sir Ian one jump ahead

Sir Ian MacGregor, the bulldog figure who ran British Coal for Margaret Thatcher during the miners' strike, has struck one of his many jobs from his CV. He has resigned his dollars 50,000 chairmanship of Holmes Protection, the American security company that has a British stock market listing.

The view from home: Conductors are human, too

I think it's about time that I introduced my conductor, Stanley. We've been together more than three years now, and although we have had our ups and downs, we generally get on all right. Before Stanley, I used to work with a lovable clippie, but she'd been on the back of a bus for so long she developed Queen Anne legs and had to be medically retired. So it has been Stanley ever since. (Actually, Stanley isn't his real name: I've changed it to protect my identity.)

Bird-lovers angered by goose cull

MORE than 150 geese that had been offered a home by Paul McCartney were killed over the weekend in a secret cull by a local authority, writes Marianne Macdonald.

True gripes: Saddle sore: Whats so wierd about riding a bike?

I had Battersea Park to myself as I cycled through on my way to work one morning last week. Well, almost to myself: there were a few dedicated dog-owners, and, up ahead, a uniformed parks policeman.

Architecture: Guarding the glories of green London: Todd Longstaff-Gowan urges support for a new group set up to champion and safeguard the capital's rich horticultural heritage

John Loudon, the gardening writer, declared confidently in 1826 that 'the love of gardening is so natural to man as to be common to children, and the enjoyment of a garden so congenial to our ideas of happiness, as to be desired by all men of all ranks and professions, who toil hard in cities'.

Letter: Dressed for success

Sir: Where's your sense of wickedness? It would have been much more fun not to explain in Monday's front-page picture caption why the Conservative MP John Marshall was walking through Battersea Park dressed as Little Bo-Peep.

First-Hand: I want to get the pictures no one else gets: Photographer Jason Fraser on the topless Princess of Wales furore and the life of a paparazzo

I WAS 12 when I got my first camera: it was an Olympus. I'd always been interested in newspapers because my father was a foreign correspondent, so I started taking pictures of local events, which I sold to local newspapers. I took pictures of anything - it could be a woman chucking water over her doorstep, a celebrity event, riots, demonstrations - we lived in London and I went to everything.
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