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Robber needed money for polio-stricken cousin's surgery

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

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.

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.

Olympics: Redgrave makes giant strides for Team 2012

Sir Steve Redgrave's somewhat lofty ambition to prove his theory that "if you're big enough, you're good enough" took one almighty step forward yesterday with the announcement that his "Sporting Giants" initiative has added 34 rowers, 11 handball players and seven volleyball players to the national squads.

A future filled with promise: The Busby Babes of 1958

Sir Matt Busby's seemingly invincible Manchester United side line up before the European Cup quarter final against the Yugoslav capital's Red Star club that would see them into the sem-finals, with a 3-3 draw.

Real homework for brickies-to-be

Students are literally building for their future in one pioneering college project

Urban gardener, Cleve West: The ivy league

Some London-based clients are desperate to use climbing plants to cover excess bricks and mortar, the result of a new extension. The brickwork, sensitively executed using a mixture of tones, blends beautifully with older parts of the house, but the clients are still keen to green it up as quickly as possible.

Jones, Thomas: A Wall in Naples (1782)

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Buy Of The Week: Chelsea

Apart from the odd splash of silver and lilac, this riverside house is whiter than white. Nick Lloyd Jones reports

Business Essentials: 'They don't make builders any more'

North-east construction firm Bowey Homes is struggling to find skilled joiners and bricklayers, finds Kate Hilpern

Editor-At-Large: So whatever happened to Paul Burrell?

With a new reality television show a week planned for 2005 featuring subjects as diverse as masked celebrity wrestling to rearing a plastic baby, soon almost everyone in the UK will have had the opportunity to appear on camera having a colonic irrigation, doing the washing-up or failing at a new skill like bricklaying or golf. Before long, we'll all have had our moment of fame, and be boasting at dinner parties that we've actually met a family who have set a new trend by refusing to swap homes with a bunch of illegal Latvian immigrants for a BBC2 series on life in a fish-processing plant in Scotland.

Darts: Whitlock shows no mercy to Brantjes

Australia's Simon Whitlock maintained his impressive debut at the British Darts Organisation World Championship at Frimley Green last night by reaching the semi-finals with a 5-1 victory over the Dutch giant-killer Andre Brantjes.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London