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A bitter dispute between three “brothers” over who should gain a £70,000 inheritance after a couple mistakenly signed each other’s wills was brought before the Supreme Court today.

Top of the class, but Clifton plays down its success

The irony of school league tables is that only those at the top have the confidence to voice reservations, while those at the bottom jostle to be seen to endorse their value.

Letter: Hospital record

Sir: Your assumption that Liberal Democrats are too high-minded to visit hospitals in Wirral South is, I'm sorry to disappoint you, false (leading article, 25 February). Both Paddy Ashdown and I have visited hospitals there in the last three weeks, pre-empting the Labour leader's visit on Monday.

Obituary: Phil Hyams

Phil Hyams was the last of the great showmen responsible for Britain's most spectacular cinemas. He was a flamboyant figure who loved the limelight - impulsive, temperamental, but likeable and fair-minded. He often worked by "hunches" and his hunches were rarely wrong.

Property: Follow the tunnel to 'desirable'

The impossible is happening. London south of the Thames is trendy, sought-after and on the up - and it's all down to new Tube lines

Major gambles with timing of by-election

Tories face early defeat in Wirral South, where a former supporter is standing on an anti-smoking ticket

First to profit with houses on the line

London's Jubilee line extension opens in 1998

Writer who saw through `joke' of war

Donald Hankey outsold Rupert Brooke during the First World War. But after his death in action his work was allowed to fade - until now. Ross Davies reports

Shopping: The second hand

Having new curtains made is a costly business. Obviously it depends on the size, what fabric you want, and whether you want them lined or even interlined. But a decent lined set made, say, 8ft wide, with a 10ft drop, are going to cost at least pounds 400. And that is just one set. The obvious answer is to buy second hand.

Divide and prosper

Flats are a growing market, says Rosalind Russell

Divide and prosper

Flats are a growing market, says Rosalind Russell

Brindle trial sees police tape video

Dramatic video footage of an alleged contract killer was played yesterday to an Old Bailey jury. Before the jury saw the footage, Nigel Sweeney, for the prosecution, described how it showed two armed policemen chasing Michael Boyle as he pursued his target, Tony Brindle.

The Booker Shortlist 1996

Murder in 19th century Canada; paedophiles in Fifties England; V-1 rockets in Bermondsey; castration-happy policemen on the streets of Bombay; menace and lunacy in a Derry distillery; icebergs in the Atlantic... it's not all beer and skittles in Booker-land. Apart from these threatening presences, this year's shortlist is mostly characterised by secrets, uncertainties, puzzles in need of elucidation, guilty knowledge hugged by the characters. It is of course the basic function of a novel to "unfold" a plot so that we come to know the dramatis personae better at the end than we did at the beginning; but I can't remember a time when British fiction - at Booker level anyway - was less interested in narrative exuberance and more interested in static evocation. I wish this were a more original point of view; unfortunately Evelyn Waugh said the same thing in 1957...

LABOUR IN BLACKPOOL: Party signals end to free debate

A radical change to Labour's policy making process so that the party conference will not be able to dictate to a Tony Blair government was signalled yesterday by Tom Sawyer, Labour's modernising general secretary.

A gallery for the 21st century

What will the art gallery of the future look like? Piers Gough's ingenious designs for the NPG suggest one possible solution. Jenny Turner pays them a visit, and compares other new spaces, present and planned

Marchioness disaster prosecutions ruled out

The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday ruled out any prosecutions in connection with the 1989 Thames riverboat disaster because of "insufficient evidence".
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Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible