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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

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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