Sport David Beckham having his medical at Real Madrid back in 2003

With each prospective signing needing at least a five-hour examination, clubs' physios and local hospitals expect to be busy

Letter: Interfere for nature

Letter:

Fashion: Suits you missy

Suits are such a lovely shape this spring. They're either loose and pyjama-y or neatly tailored but with either the feel is clean. No unnecessary lapels or details. But the greatest change in suits is in the trousers: they're worn very short. I love this look - not only can you saw inches off last years trousers if you so wish, but they look so nice at this length, really modern and fresh. Really wide trousers are still best worn long and floppy but with straighter ones you should be aiming for mid calf. I don't agree that this look cuts your legs in half and makes them look short. Plus if you've got good ankles and not so good thighs, then you can still wear trousers and get the best of both worlds. In the summer these cheeky little suits, worn with bare legs and flat shoes, will be everywhere so buy them now before every high street store sells out.

Secretarial: The pussycat who mewed

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Parliament: Labour redrawsmap of London

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Obituary: Ron Huzzard

RON HUZZARD was a pacifist who encapsulated all that is best in the British left and peace movement, adhering to principles of peace, justice and socialism over a lifetime.

Letter: Save songbirds

Letter: Save songbirds

Science: Quietly does it as mime delivers the message

STEVE MESURE has combined environmental science with mime, taking his science show to schools across the country. Mr Mesure, 38, runs the Floating Point Science Theatre, which has three touring troupes in constant demand, performing ten times a week in term time.

The Sketch: Hellfire sermon on tobacco leaves House in difficulty

SOME ADDICTIONS last longer than others, it seems. Yesterday's session in Parliament was dominated by the Secretary of State for Health, Frank Dobson, in a hellfire sermon about the demon weed.

Hockey: Fareham fall foul of Dodds and Co

FAREHAM, THE South Premier leaders, had their colours lowered for the first time this season when they lost their maximum points record at Beckenham in a thrilling game.

Dominoes: contact sport for pensioners

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Sports Letter: F1 driving back to front

Sir: In reply to the point raised (28 October) about standardising the F1 cars to the same spec. In principle this is a good plan, stopping drivers blaming their cars' performance instead of their own (poor workman blaming tools and all that.) However, this would inhibit the drive to explore technological advances, which in turn can be passed down to the retail market. A fairer system would be to start the cars in reverse order to the previous season's finishing points, thus forcing the superior drivers to start at the back of the grid.

Met police officer on pounds 10m drug charge

A METROPOLITAN police officer has been jointly charged with conspiracy to supply pounds 10m of cannabis.

Hockey: Spirited Cannock

SOUTHGATE, WITH a 4-3 win against Old Loughtonians, registered their fourth successive victory to take over the leadership of the EHL Premier, although their coach, Neill Hawgood, was far from happy with their performance, writes Bill Colwill.

Asian's murder 'racial'

AN ASIAN man stabbed in a busy street may have been the victim of a racial murder, police said yesterday.
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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