News

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.

Letter: NHS rationing

Sir: Your article "Fears persist over survival of full and free treatment on the NHS" (1 December) confirms that Labour's election pledge to save the NHS rings hollow.

Health Services: Mental hospitals provision slashed

The number of available beds in mental illness wards in National Health Service hospitals has dropped by almost 50,000 since 1980, it was revealed yesterday.

PLACES: THE DELFINA STUDIO CAFE

Hub of the new, trendier Bermondsey (see Reporter, page three), The Delfina Studio Trust was established in 1988 by Delfina Entrecanales, an elderly businesswoman from Madrid, writes Sam Holden. She wanted to provide studio space for 35 resident artists who might otherwise have struggled to find such abundant time and space with which to continue their upwardly mobile trajectories. One such artist, Mark Wallinger, features in the "Sensation" exhibition at The Royal Academy. Agreeably housed in a capacious former chocolate factory, The Delfina gallery exhibits six shows a year by both guests and residents. The Cafe serves fashionable food to an eclectic mix of City suits and arty types. But the piece de resistance is the fact that you can gawp at real, struggling (though not starving) artists who take their lunch, for which they pay only pounds 1, at a table reserved just for them.

Soho's swinging? Hoxton's hip? That was last week...

Now Clerkenwell's commercial. Notting Hill? Naff. So where's it at? begs Eleanor Bailey

People: Marriage that has lasted for 75 years

A retired steelworker and his wife - thought to be longest-married couple in the country - celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary yesterday.

Midwinter's day comes early

Collect to invest: John Windsor follows the fortunes of a dealer noted for spotting potential treasure years ahead of its time

Old masters at work

DELFINA STUDIO CAFE

THE NEW BLOCK TACTICS

Would you like to live in an office? You might once it's been given a facelift and a name to conjure up the glamour of Manhattan, even if it is on Elephant and Castle roundabout. David Redhead reports on a new spate of urban renewal

Jubilee

Another summer in the city, more delay and discomfort on decrepit tube lines. But there's light at the end of the tunnel. Coming soon - the new Jubilee Line. To a station near you.

Letter: Innit or ain't it?

Sir: I have to correct Arthur Pottersman's cockney abbreviations (letter, 21 May). I was born in Bermondsey and have lived all my life in SE1.

Ashdown heralds era of reform

Paddy Ashdown yesterday greeted a "seismic shift" in British politics and looked forward to the possibility of a "great Parliament of reform".

Election '97: Lib-Dem dreams come true as target seats fall

Joy was mixed with sadness for the Liberal Democrats last night as they won hitherto undreamed of seats, but saw the defeat of their health spokesman, Simon Hughes.

Letter: Booker judges who chose Swift haven't changed their minds

If Mr Wilson enjoyed Last Orders first time around, I don't think that he should now disparage it on the ground that he would be embarrassed to read it to a "real" Bermondsey butcher. Would he sing The Barber of Seville to his barber? The fact that Atwood "is in every way a more distinguished writer than Swift" is not the point; the Booker is for books not, as is the Nobel, for writers.

Anger as sleaze row MP report left unpublished

Neil Hamilton, the MP at the centre of the cash-for-questions scandal, acted in a way that was inappropriate to his proper role as an MP, according to the report into the affair by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Sir Gordon Downey. The report was due to be completed by next Tuesday but now cannot be published because Parliament prorogues on Friday.
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Bruges
Lake Como
Burgundy
South AFrica
Paris
Northern Corsica
Prices correct as of 21 November 2014
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
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin