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Band of brothers: A tale of war, loss and remembrance on the killing fields of France

The four Anderson brothers were born into middle-class prosperity, their young lives filled with promise. Then came the Great War. As Britain remembers its fallen generation, Robin Scott-Elliot sets out to discover what became of his ancestors on the killing fields of northern France

Weekend work: Plant Grape Vines

What to do......... 

Plant grape vines if you have visions of a Roman summer next year, lying under a leafy arbour. 'Royal Muscadine' will crop outside, but it grows prodigiously and you need warmth in late summer to sweeten the fruit. Rig up netting against birds.

Apprentices are victims of the credit crunch

As the crisis deepens, students are dropping out of courses and building firms are taking on fewer apprentices.

'Fantastic' Ibrahimovic back to his best, says Mourinho

Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid to rest any lingering doubts over his form and fitness with an outstanding display in Internazionale's 2-0 win at Panathinaikos in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.

Last orders: Is the pub facing extinction?

The smoking ban, the credit crunch, supermarket bogoffs... is it any wonder that the great British boozer is under threat? But, says Roger Protz, editor of The Good Beer Guide, the finest pubs are thriving. He explains why there's still reason to raise a glass – and selects the nation's 25 best watering holes

How to be a modern day Mowgli

Hearing the call of the wild, Chris Green headed off to work with wolves – and learnt why he should worry when they wag their tails

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Jill Adams: Actress billed as 'Britain's Monroe'

A tall, striking blonde, Jill Adams provided good humour and a welcome touch of glamour to several films from the mid-Fifties. At the start of her film career, she was publicised as "Britain's Marilyn Monroe". It was hardly an accurate description, but the former model Adams made a stunning cover girl, featuring on the cover of the popular weekly Picturegoer twice, in 1954 and 1955, and she played in over 20 films in the space of a decade.

Upbeat Tsvangirai looks to the future

It is a photograph that will seem inconceivable to most people in Zimbabwe.

Co-op gears up for big 4 battle

Can the £1.57bn takeover of Somerfield help the Co-op challenge the major supermarket chains and regain its historic standing on the British high street? Nick Clark reports on a 'renaissance'

Co-op 'fifth biggest' after Somerfield buyout

The Co-op today hailed its return to the big league of food retailing thanks to a £1.6 billion takeover of rival Somerfield.

A National Lottery Bursary scheme is transforming the lives of aspirant artisans

Matthew Hodgkinson realised that he'd carved himself out a worthwhile niche the day he was asked to design his first gargoyle. Less than six months into his job as a stonemason on York Minster, he was handed the task of sculpting two agonised "grotesques" to replace weathered originals salvaged from the façade of the ancient cathedral.

Seven out of 10 buyers find fault with their homes

Some 70 per cent of people buying newly built homes experience problems with the property, according to a survey by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

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