Arts and Entertainment All for one and one for all: Porthos, d'Artagnan, Athos and Aramis in the new BBC production

Peter Capaldi as the villain is patently over-qualified

Opening Lines: Deadlier than the male

The column The female of the Australian species is independent and pioneering. No wonder then, says Howard Jacobson, that the men have all but disappeared

`Failure of system' led to PC's death

THE FATHER of a policewoman who was stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic called yesterday for the creation of a national database of dangerous mentally-ill people, as a damning report into his daughter's death criticised police, health and social services.

Cowpats or chintz?

The right to roam is all well and good, as long as townies don't expect a pasteurised version of the countryside.

America's last frontier

Who would have thought that grizzly bears could be shy? Linda Green decided that if they wouldn't come to her, she would track them down at home

Killers get pounds 1m rebate from prison

THE PRISON Service is being forced to pay back more than pounds 1m to convicted killers and other inmates who were charged for "board and lodging" while in jail.

Letter: Priced out of town

Sir: If the Government is serious about encouraging "Sierra Man" to adapt to urban living (report, 14 January), it would do well to look at the most obvious reason for many not living in an urban setting. It is not an aspiration to live near the country but rather the inability to afford to live in the city.

A woman's work

With our agriculture in crisis a new breed of farmer's wife is transforming life on the land with energy and lateral thinking. Jack O'Sullivan meets one in full flow in rural Kent

Travel: The dead poets' seaside society

Bournemouth does not seem an obvious destination for writers but many have flocked there.

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Edinburgh 98: Theatre

THE 1970 STUDENT play Lakeboat by David Mamet (below) was greeted with open arms when it was premiered at the Lyric, Hammersmith earlier this year. It observes the eight-strong crew of a freighter crossing the Great Lakes. Aaron Mullen's unfussy staging allows us to peer beneath the surface of those now typically brusque, edgy exchanges.

'Dome to bring pounds 500m'

THE Millennium Dome at Greenwich could boost overseas tourism revenue in Britain by between pounds 300m and pounds 500m in 2000, according to research by the English Tourist Board published yesterday, writes Colin Brown.


For a week in July, the Ways With Words Literary Festival takes place at in the medieval and rural setting of Dartington Hall. Admission to 76 events in the Main Hall is included in the price of the Rover Ticket (pounds 135). Take your pick from the many talks and discussions, a writing picnic, a woodland walk, and the poetry, fiction and memoir writing workshops. Blake Morrison examines universal questions through autobiographical experiences in his latest book Too True; Julia Stoneham gives an illustrated talk on adapting fiction for radio and the screen; Roy Hattersley, Claire Tomalin and Rachel Billington discuss `What makes a classic?'; Simon Singh recounts the quest to solve Fermat's Last Theorem; and Alain de Botton applies Proustian theories to daily life . Plus much, much more - send for a brochure now.

Education: Making the grade at Easter

Rather than burning the midnight oil alone, anxious GCSE and

Monday's book; Blind Date by Frances Fyfield (Bantam, pounds 16.99)

Elizabeth Kennedy, a former policewoman, lives in the belfry of a London church. Her room-mates are eight ancient bells suspended on rotten wooden frames, and a clock that stands perpetually at ten to three. By the end of the novel its hands stand at ten to four, and Elizabeth has endured a typically Fyfield-esque ordeal of darkness, danger and despair.

Skiing: Yad Moss: the St Moritz of the north

If you're looking for skiing close to home, search no more, writes Joe Gilbert. The Cumbrian fells around Alston, just a 45-minute drive from Carlisle, are often thick with snow ...
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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