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Group ‘good at bidding but not  at delivery’ says PAC chairman Margaret Hodge

Out of town, into four bedrooms

Ready to trade cafe society for a house with a garden? Then consider Hertfordshire, says Felicity Cannell

Music: Lyric Sheets: IAN DURY

Ian Dury, author of Billericay Dicky and many other songs, performed with Paul Weller in East London last weekend. His new record is called "Mr Love Pants'

Bleepers for opening peepers of railway sleepers

THE JURY is still out on whether Britain is booming, but most of the country, at the moment, seems to be bleeping. Pagers, mobile phones, personal organisers, microwaves, car alarms, and coming soon to a train near you, Clive Wollington's "personal destination indicator".

Property: Save the legwork when buying your property - dial a solicitor

You can pay over pounds 500 for a shabby conveyancing service. Or you can pay under pounds 250 for a direct-dial solicitor, and receive a first-rate telephone service. Robert Liebman listens in.

Freeport plans pounds 45m designer shopping village in Yorkshire

FREEPORT Leisure, the property group, yesterday unveiled plans to build the biggest designer shopping and leisure village in Europe. The 30-acre retail development will be built near Pontefract in Yorkshire.

Football: Non-League - Lymington hope their luck will hold after fourth-round drama

Of the 16 clubs left in the FA Carlsberg Vase, perhaps the luckiest to be involved in tomorrow's fifth round are Lymington.

Letter: In the 1951 dome

To answer your learned enquirers as to what was in the Dome of Discovery of 1951 (letters, 28 and 31 January), my official guide (costing 2/6d) shows that the display was divided into eight areas.

Anti-sleaze spotlight falls on colleges

MPs investigating further education are to examine the case of a lecturer suspended by his college after raising concerns over propriety. Lucy Ward, Education Correspondent, finds the anti-sleaze searchlight trained on colleges as never before.

Scare over toy in food

Worries over food which contains toy gifts have resurfaced after a child nearly choked.

Property: three to view: under pounds 75,000

The former gate-house to Dillington House in Ilminster, Somerset, is Grade II* listed and looks like a miniature castle, built of hamstone, with arched stone mullion windows and turreted roof. With two bedrooms (one just 9ft by 6ft7ins), open fireplace in the sitting room and outside, landscaped gardens, fish pond and parking space. Price pounds 53,500. (Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 01460 57222.)

Football: Non-league notebook: Wealdstone seek higher things

The first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Vase does not normally produce the tournament's two Wembley finalists, but there is a chance it may do so this year.

Getaway driver told police of killings

A getaway driver for two killers who used shotguns to execute three fellow drug dealers in a country lane later became a police "supergrass", a court heard yesterday.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

If you're still under the spell of Californian "horse whisperer" Monty Roberts (left), following BBC1's recent QED, then head for deepest Essex next Thursday when Roberts will be doing his animal magic in the flesh. The event is part of a whistlestop, two-date visit (he's in Henfield, Sussex on Wednesday) to whet our appetites for a longer tour in October. Roberts uses the startling "join-up" technique to communicate with the animals in their own language. Next week, he promises to persuade a variety of previously unhandled young horses to accept their first saddle, bridle and rider within 30 minutes. And it's not just animals who have benefited from Roberts's interpersonal skills. He's been credited with whinnying over troubled youths and has lectured to businesses. Who knows, before long, we could all be talking like the animals.

Three on view ... under pounds 80,000

Hillside, in the South Hams village of Loddiswell, near Kingsbridge in Devon, has no garden to speak of, which makes it an ideal holiday home. The white-painted cottage with exposed beams is bigger than it looks. It has four bedrooms - two on the first floor and two on the second - a dining-room and a sitting-room. On-road parking is allowed (a rarity for a Devon village). There are shops and a pub nearby. pounds 65,000, through Marchand Petit (01548 857588).

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

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New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
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