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A giant yellow footprint on our landscape

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Man on incendiary device charges

Police in Bristol have charged an unemployed man with intent to cause explosions following the recovery of six incendiary devices in Birmingham. The devices - "all live and ready to go" - are thought to be linked to an animal rights campaign. Barry Horne, 44, will appear before Bristol magistrates today on two charges alleging he acted with intent to cause explosions. The charges relate to the discovery of two devices in a BhS store and a Cancer Research charity shop in Bristol's city centre. A third charge alleges Mr Horne had possession or control of explosive substances. All the charges allege explosives "of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property".

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Denis Cassidy, the former British Home Stores and Boddington chief, swung the axe yesterday at Liberty, the prestige department store and fabrics group. Nine months after taking over as chairman, he saw off chief executive Patrick Austen and three other board members, promised lower profits for the year to January and a radical restructuring of the group, and warned that the dividend would be passed.

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What's the worse thing you've ever seen? I am excluding such horrors as war, pestilence and plague, starving children, tortured animals and ecological disasters. That's not the kind of thing I'm after, this column being essentially light-hearted. But given those constraints, what have you seen that has made your mouth go dry with dread and your whole world tilt for a moment? I am prompted to ask this question by a visit to a new show in town; an appalling melange of mime, awful bloody clowns and naff acrobats called Saltimbanco (apparently that's Italian for unfunny wanker) presented by Cirque du Soleil. When I phoned people to tell them about my terrible experience, they all said: "Oh God, if you'd asked, we could have told you how awful Cirque du Soleil were. We saw them in LA/Paris/Ulan Bator and we walked out after 11 seconds - they were so crap."

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FASHION: kids' stuff

Children's clothes should be bright, fun and funky - and this season, they are. Mix colourful quilted jackets, stripy shirts and chunky boots - and what have you got? A winter wonderland

Mothercare lifts Storehouse

A strong performance from the Mothercare chain of children's shops has boosted profits at Storehouse, the BhS retail group. Mothercare profits jumped 120 per cent to pounds 9.3m in the six months to October, helped by better stock control and fewer discounts. Profits at BhS also improved, though sales were affected by the heatwave. Group profits were up 42 per cent to pounds 34.5m.
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