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Six confirmed dead in Austrian flats explosion

IT WAS the longest night of Bernhard Schachner's life as Austrian rescue services dug through the rubble of the apartment block that had been his home.

Country & Garden: There's a canal in here somewhere

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Letter: Masonic honour

Sir: I resent the suggestion that I have used my Masonic office or my professional occupation to interfere with the duties of the trustees of a charitable trust or to place them under any duress ("Freemasons in an unbrotherly feud over Bronte's old lodge", 26 July).

Freemasons in an unbrotherly feud over Bronte's old lodge

AN ACRIMONIOUS dispute between freemasons over the future of an historic masonic hall has laid bare the brethren's secretive hierarchy.

The Sitter's Tale: Baroness Blackstone

New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: the academic and politician particularly enjoyed looking at the bricks

Prepare to mourn for Wembley's twin towers

IT'S NOT looking good for the twin towers. As Sir Norman Foster and Partners put the finishing touches to their design for a new National Stadium on the Wembley site, the signs are that English football's most famous symbols will suffer terminal relegation when the plans are announced in July.

First Night - Artful twists redeem the cliche of memory lane

`Sacred Heart' Royal Court London

So you want to be a Freemason

We know about the secret handshakes and aprons. But what do Masons actually do?

Masons appeal for new recruits

THE VEIL of secrecy that has shrouded Freemasonry for centuries has been lowered further after the ancient craft placed its first newspaper advertisement for new members.

Skiing: Maier denies Raich's slalom hat-trick

HERMANN MAIER kept his word and held his nerve in Adelboden, Switzerland, yesterday to win a World Cup giant slalom ahead of his team-mate Benjamin Raich.

Skiing: Austrians sweep to world record

HERMANN MAIER followed in the tracks of his hero, Franz Klammer, leading a record Austrian sweep of the top nine places in a World Cup super-G in front of 20,000 fans yesterday.

Home Life: Tip of the week - Frost damage to brickwork

WINTER frosts have arrived and frost damage to brickwork can be a problem. Brickwork naturally absorbs a certain amount of rainwater. When the weather is dry, the moisture evaporates and no harm is done but too much water soaked into the brickwork can promote frost damage. Frost can affect both bricks and mortar joints. When the absorbed water freezes it expands and can make mortar crumble and split away the surface of bricks. Over time the surface of the wall will flake and crumble away.

Property: The day our publican painted over the Georgian brickwork

A building may be historic but if it's not listed it can be altered for the worse.
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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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

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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

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Terry Venables column

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