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Council moved family 34 times

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LETTER:Broth? It's not so simple ...

From Mrs Margaret Thompson

Theatre; Pale Horse Royal Court Upstairs, London

The "grieving process" sounds so reassuring, a methodical business you can work through, like the F-plan diet, and emerge from a new person at the other end. It's "all part of it" claims the smugly soothing doctor, when Charlie, a south London hardnut whose wife has just walked in front of a bus, admits to having adulterous sex dreams inappropriate for a novice widower. Even the doctor's professionally fixed smile falters, though, on hearing from Charlie that the fantasy-figure she has glibly termed "the elusive perfect partner" is actually the tomcat he played with as a child.

Schools adapt or die

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Vallance to meet Blair as BT reaffirms cable deal

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