News A woman allegedly leaves a care home with a Christmas tree in Camberwell.

An alleged thief has been caught on camera supposedly stealing a Christmas tree from a care home in south London.

Just what the doctor would have ordered

The Beastly British Cowards have done it again. Beeb bosses have caved in to Tory pressure even before the party chairman, Dr Brian Mawhinney, can toll them (that's how it comes out in his Ulster brogue) who should cover the party leaders at election time.

Obituary : Jane Lidderdale

In appearance and in life, Jane Lidderdale epitomised the English virtue of understatement.

School defends its tobacco cash

Security passes for visitors to Archbishop Michael Ramsey comprehensive, in south London, bear the words: "Please note that the school operates a no smoking policy." For an institution sponsored by a tobacco company, that is a bold statement.

Life for 'the vultures' who murdered Daniel

A judge yesterday recommended that two paedophiles who abducted, abused and then murdered nine-year-old Daniel Handley should spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Boy, 9, abducted and killed to satisfy 'perverted sex fantasy'

Two men abducted, sexually assaulted and killed nine-year-old Daniel Handley to satisfy a "perverted" sexual fantasy, a court was told yesterday.

HOW WE MET: STEPHEN DALDRY AND IAN MACNEIL

`When you work with someone you are also in love with, the imaginative process becomes your whole life'

Man knifed to death in effort to help girl

Detectives are hunting the killer of a young man who was stabbed to death as he tried to help a 14-year-old girl being attacked outside a community centre in south London.

OBITUARY: Canon Douglas Rhymes

Douglas Rhymes was one of the unsung heroes of the turbulent years when Mervyn Stockwood was Bishop of Southwark, and South Bank Religion was all the rage. Although not recruited to the chapter at Southwark by Stockwood, Rhymes spent almost his entire ministry in the diocese, and was proud of having been appointed a minor canon, a residentiary canon and an honorary canon, ending up in 1984 as canon emeritus.

Time, gentlemen, please

LAST ORDERS by Graham Swift, Picador pounds 8.99

Final tribute to knife-attack police officer

A police officer who spent five months in a coma after being stabbed in a sweetshop raid was buried with full service honours yesterday at St Stephen's Church, Dulwich, south-east London.

CPS `not told of court fiasco'

The Crown Prosecution Service was never officially notified of the Boxing Day magistrates' court sitting at which 31 defendants walked free after a prosecutor failed to turn up, an internal inquiry concluded yesterday.

BOOKS; OF WAR AND THE PITY OF WAR

THE SLEEPING LORD & OTHER FRAGMENTS by David Jones, Faber pounds 9.99 DAVID JONES: A Fusilier at the Front selected by Anthony Hyne Seren Books pounds 14.95 DAVID JONES: The Maker Unmade by Jonathan Miles & Derek Shiel, Seren Books pounds 29.95

It's 2063. You're not going to Skegness. It's too darn hot

Malcolm Smith on the impact of global warming on tourism

IT'S COLOUR SHE LOVES

Fourteen years after being sacked from her teaching post, Gillian Ayres is recognised as one of our best painters. The RA is planning a retrospective. Here, she grants a rare private view

Francs from heaven

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?