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

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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'

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