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.

`No sex, no drugs.' Davies tells of his moment of madness

RON DAVIES broke his silence last night over the scandal that led to his resignation from the Cabinet and the leadership of the Labour Party in Wales, but still refused to answer key questions about the affair.

Podium: One changed letter can lead to libel

From the Hugh Cudlipp Memorial Lecture given by the libel lawyer to the London Press Club

Park Life: No gain and all pain on the road to physical fitness

IF ONE of the benefits of fitness is the feeling of prolonged youth, then something is going very wrong with my regime. However fit I manage to get, nothing seems to prevent the chronic stiffness that follows any exertion. After a game of squash or football, I invariably feel creakily ancient for most of the following week.

Property: Conversion traumas

Creating a family home from separate flats is harder than it seems

Obituary: Patricia Hayes

"LADIES AND Gentlemen," announced that Victorian master of ceremonies of the Players' Theatre, Mr Leonard Sachs, "Please welcome that Minor Miracle of Melliflousness - Master Pat Hayes!" Enter a four-foot-something urchin dressed in a white sailor suit and floppy hat to match, to sing in a penetratingly shrill voice "Kiss Me Mother 'Ere I Die".

Stepping Stones: From mean streets to the Festival city

One Couple's Property Story

Visual Art: Independent Collector - John Windsor's guide to buying affordable contemporary art

PURE WHITE and delicately modelled, this porcelain cast of an infant's dress by Tiziana Bendall-Brunello seems to contain the breath of life. It speaks of the fragility of childhood and the fleetness of time.

Home Life: Things can only get better

Will your area come up, or is it stuck fast at the bottom? Isabel Berwick investigates

You ask the questions: Frank Fraser

(Such as: you are known to have had a successful career as a gangster. So, Frank Fraser, did your victims deserve to die?)

Visit: camberwell artsweek

Also among this week's flood of special summer events is Camberwell Artsweek, which starts today and covers everything from art and photography exhibitions to jazz concerts, wood- or stone-carving workshops and play readings. Among the exhibitions being mounted is artist/photographer Christina Kopernik-Steckel's "The Kyoto Gamble" (right) - a week-long show featuring an installation, documentary photography and news footage. For a taste of what's in store throughout the week, you could try "Pool Britannia", the Artsweek's free launch party, from 8pm tonight at Camberwell Leisure Centre, where art, jazz, dance and surprise guests are all promised - "everything except fireworks", apparently.

When art is a dangerous ride back to childhood

The Independent Collector

Blunkett praises 'quiet redistribution' of wealth

A NATIONAL consensus including both rich and poor is the only way to tackle disadvantage, David Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Education said yesterday.

How we met: Imogen Stubbs and Tessanna Hoare

The actress Imogen Stubbs, 36, grew up in west London. After attending Rada, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, the start of a career that has seen her take leading roles in the West End (most recently in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'), on film and on TV - notably as 'Anna Lee'. She lives with her husband, the director Trevor Nunn, and their two children in west London. The artist Tessanna Hoare, 36, grew up in London with her artist parents Elizabeth Jane Lloyd and Jeff Hoare. A graduate of Camberwell College of Art, she has had eight solo exhibitions and has provided artwork for several films, including 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. She lives alone in north-west London

Pop: Down to earth, with a bang

One of the supporting bands to watch at the Astoria's NME season is Headrillaz, who have made the (un)natural leap from jazz to punk They go under the vivid name of Headrillaz and pump out tough, punky breakbeats with frenzied MCing to match. They have an album called Coldharbour Rocks, named in tribute to that edgy strip joining Brixton with Camberwell via unscenic Loughborough Junction.

How We Met; Edward Enfield and Lorraine Chase

Writer and broadcaster Edward Enfield, 68, was educated at Westminster School and Oxford. He worked in the Far East and in local government until retirement, when he began writing; one of his four children, the comedian Harry Enfield, sent some of his work to Richard Ingrams, who immediately gave him a regular column in the 'Oldie' magazine. He now co-presents 'Watchdog' and 'Oldie TV', and lives with his wife in Sussex. The actress Lorraine Chase, 46, was born in Camberwell, south London, and worked as a model before being catapulted to fame by Campari's famous 'Luton airport' advert in the Seventies. Chase recently published her first book, 'Money and How to Make More of It', and lives alone in London
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