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’

Outside Edge: Dominic Cavendish on the paper people in the Park

QUITE what people wandering through London's Battersea Park that morning thought is anybody's guess. The dozen men and women, all dressed to the nines in bits of old newspaper and striding along to the sound of recorder and drum certainly caused heads to turn at the lakeside cafe. Joggers stopped jogging, a child was almost reduced to tears by a man in a paper Viking helmet and several dogs barked uncontrollably.

How much will he earn?: James Naughtie

No 19: James Naughtie, presenter of the Today programme from tomorrow. Nicknames: Telegram Sam, Naughtie the News, Tintoretto: he was known on the Guardian for 'the breadth of his canvas'.

Fishing Lines: Fins ain't what they used to be

I COULD understand the police constable's point of view. There was I, with blood all over my arms and shirt, looking furtive as I walked out of a heavily wooded area in a London park. Fishing? Don't make me laugh, sunshine.

The Worst of Times: No more games at Aunt Doris's: Brian Glover talks to Danny Danziger

My Aunt Doris, my mother's sister, lived just outside Barnsley in a place called Wilthorpe; it was a council housing estate, but it was one of the better ones, and she was rather pleased with that.

Catch the last post: Sir Henry Cole started it all when he sent the first Christmas card 150 years ago. Gina Cowen reports

They come in all shapes and sizes, from a single grain of rice to the side of a Boeing 707. They cost from around 15p to pounds 500,000 (carved in ivory and set with 44 diamonds).

Letter: Better arithmetic for technology colleges

Sir: Yesterday's article (28 September) on the new technology colleges says 'only 6 per cent of secondary schools are eligible to bid for cash under the new initiative as only grant maintained and aided schools can apply'. Surely your arithmetic is wrong as there are 4,000 secondary schools in England and Wales, of which 500 are aided and 500 are self-governing grant maintained. This equates to one quarter - 25 per cent of all secondary schools, not 6 per cent.

Urban parklands 'are suffering death by stealth': Cutbacks and privatisation seen as serious threat to cities' green heritage

BRITAIN'S public parks, one of the glories of its urban heritage, are under unprecedented threat from sell-offs, spending cuts and the privatisation of maintenance work, according to a campaign launched yesterday.

London Krishna movement celebrates its 25th birthday with 'Rathayatra' parade

A child enjoying light refreshment on the 'Ratha' float at yesterday's parade from Marble Arch to Battersea Park.

Tibetan monks lead prayers and chants in day of protest

Participants in the 'Tibet day of action' at the peace pagoda in Battersea Park, south London, held to protest against the wave of recent arrests made under the Chinese occupation. Tibetan monks were joined by speakers from pressure groups including Amnesty International, and collected letters to be delivered to the Chinese embassy.

First Night: The Festival of Fashion: Dream package is short on content

IT SOUNDS a dream package for a holiday weekend exhibition: lots of fashion on display, designers appearing in person and supermodels strutting the catwalk in Battersea Park.

In loving memory of a man called Hoss: Fans of old episodes of Bonanza are made to feel like one of the family when they join the Fifth Cartwrights. Rose Rouse reports

Alan Grant rides a 1955 BSA Bantam 175cc as a motorbike courier in London. It ain't the Nevada outback but, hell, it'll do. 'Being a courier is the nearest thing to being an urban cowboy,' says the founding member of the Fifth Cartwrights (or, to us lay people, the Bonanza Fan Club).

Charity set to gain from 'nose invasion'

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'Oktoberfest' not a brew that travels easily

THE ENGLISH found out last night why only the Americans have tried to hijack the Munich beer festival in the last 182 years.

Appeals: Anglo-Latin American Foundation

An untitled collage on paper by Beisilda Quisbert Pema, aged 16, from Cochabamba, Bolivia. The painting won first prize in a painting competition at the Anglo-Latin American Foundation's fiesta held in Battersea Park, London, last month. Miss Pema, who belongs to a large and impoverished family, visits daily a Salvation Army day centre where meals and a quiet place for studying is provided.
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