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Where does London end: The city's boundary is defined by more than mere geography

You think it's easy, getting out of London? There is more than one answer to this question. It's not just a matter of sheer size, of having to work your way through the chaotic centre and the endless surburbs before you leave the city behind - it's knowing that you've left London at all. That's the hard part.

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How to pull a media rabbi out of a hat: Leftie vicars are out; Lionel Blue and Hugo Gryn are in, says Jack Shamash

One type of broadcaster seems to be increasingly in demand - rabbis are emerging from their synagogues and finding themselves at the centre of attention on radio and television. They have become high-profile sages of the airwaves, pronouncing on everything from juvenile delinquency to Serbian politics.

God and Mammon vie in the heart of darkness: Diamonds and religion keep Kisangani alive, Richard Dowden writes from a Zaire town whose history is steeped in blood

KISANGANI is a dead town with bad dreams. I spend my nights with God but I eat with Mammon. I sleep at the Catholic mission but during the day I wander up the street to the diamond-buying office owned by De Beers. God and diamonds are the only things which generate activity in this town. I suppose the only other thing they have in common is that both are based on faith - religion and the value of diamonds are all in the mind; they have no practical use.

Flagship Tory council faces land deals inquiry: Investigation launched after property manager claims 'irregularities'

A FLAGSHIP Conservative council is being investigated following allegations of corruption over land deals worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Sex act would have been mad, libel case told

THE EastEnders actress Gillian Taylforth and her fiance Geoff Knights would have committed an act of 'sheer unvarnished lunacy' if they had had oral sex beside the A1, their counsel told the High Court yesterday.

Libel trial PC tells of roadside encounter

A POLICE OFFICER told the High Court yesterday that he saw Gillian Taylforth, a star of the television soap opera Eastenders, having oral sex with her fiance Geoff Knights in their Range Rover, writes Will Bennett.

Soap opera star finds herself cast into the 'lap of justice'

ALBERT SQUARE it was not. Gillian Taylforth, one of the stars of EastEnders, played her most difficult role yesterday, with a Range Rover as a prop and a judge and jury as her audience in the Gothic precincts of the High Court.

Mortuary man tells of work on bodies: Procedures for examining routine deaths may have led to mistakes. Tim Kelsey reports

THE small mortuary at Barnet General Hospital was, for more than 20 years, one of the busiest in north London. About 500 coroner's autopsies were performed there annually. For most of the time, Ivan Biddle was the resident technician.

Elstree film studios to be closed

ELSTREE film studios - where much of the Star Wars and Superman movies were made - are to close, it was revealed yesterday.

Well-endowed at auction

AN AUCTION of 90 second- hand endowment policies is being held this Thursday at 11am at the Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London WC2.

Vardon expands into bingo: London Dungeon owner cuts dependence on summer season

VARDON, the recently floated owner of the London Dungeon, is expanding into bingo with the acquisition of 10 clubs. Finance for the pounds 7m deal is coming from a pounds 13.5m placing and open offer, writes Tom Stevenson.

Football: Dominant Deane deflates Burnley

THE Blades only just earned this replay with a last-minute equaliser, but last night they were much the stronger and quicker team, their highly valued striker Brian Deane scoring a first-half hat-trick that put Hartlepool's destination in the FA Cup's fourth round beyond doubt.

More rain forecast as floods cause chaos

ANOTHER night of torrential rain, adding to the disruption caused by yesterday's thunderstorms and floods, was predicted by meteorologists last night.

Show jumpers fined for theft of horses

TWO show jumpers were fined pounds 2,000 each yesterday after magistrates were told of the night they went horse-rustling.
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