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.

My worst car: I had a fire extinguisher with me. A pity, really

Glen baxter's peugeot 405 gtx estate

Arts: A homespun Irish tale with heart

Sive Tricycle Theatre, London

Interview: Landlord, tell us a tale of old Ireland

John B Keane has at least one better claim to be considered Ireland's leading dramatist over young Martin McDonagh: he was born in Kerry, not Camberwell. Mic Moroney talks to him down the line to his pub in Listowel.

Literature: New Whirled order

Instant success has come as a surprise to Michael Groce, who turned a very troubled past into award-winning poetry

Letter: Welfare to work

Sir: I write in response to Polly Toynbee's article on "How Welfare to Work will succeed (yet still fail)" (22 September).

Hard-boiled husband turns in his grave

Like many people who discover they are dying, Malcolm Eccles set about providing for his wife's needs after he was gone. He considered how he could help her best then had himself reincarnated as an egg timer.

The Leenane three

Mic Moroney discovers Martin McDonagh's trilogy of treasures

Jobless plan attacked by charity

A leading charity for homeless young people yesterday warned of pitfalls in the Government's welfare-to-work proposals, the centrepiece of next month's budget.

Brussels wants our Tony, too

It began in the parliamentary Labour Party - hereinafter known as Blair's Docile Fusiliers. And now the same siren voices can be heard among the EuroBrothers and EuroSisters: can't we have a leader more like the Prime Minister?

Euston Road: it's slow but worth the wait

Two leading British artists have new exhibitions in the West End. David Hockney is the more famous, but it was Euan Uglow's show that sold out immediately. For he is the better painter

Southern revival

Focus on London: prices are rising rapidly south of the Thames

Cash goes missing in black churches

The Charity Commissioners are investigating the reported disappearance of tens of thousands of pounds at black-led evangelical and Pentecostal churches.

Still life with Jeffrey: How Lord Archer is playing to the gallery

`I can't afford Monet, Manet or Renoir, so I decided to go for Pissarro, and the like'

Worth a throw

VISUAL ARTS Lucie Rie and Hans Coper Barbican Art Gallery, London

Visual Arts: Another time, another place

Gillian Ayres Royal Academy, London
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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?