The proposal has dropped the amount of 'affordable' housing to a derisory level

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Sir: Donald Macintyre is right to draw attention to the comparative lack of interest in the Government's plan to remove the right to widows' pensions ("Brave move, Mr Darling. Pity you may not succeed", 2 November).

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MERIVALE MOORE, the property investment company, increased profits from pounds 858,000 to pounds 3.66m in the year to 30 July, with the help of a successful pounds 2m negligence claim against a firm of chartered surveyors.

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Fondling, fraud and feminisim - just another day in Camden

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places; BAR GANSA

CAMDEN has had it, some people will tell you. It's increasingly just a magnet for suburban Loaded lads trying to look cool, while the truly hip have sought pastures new. But the spirit of Camden somehow endures in places like Bar Gansa, perhaps because it never was painfully trendy. Regulars love to linger over cappuccinos or jars of margarita in the bar, despite the cramped conditions (tables are for diners only). Food is tapas, but has evolved into something quite unique and comes with the added bonus of an agreeably chaotic atmosphere and an impossibly good-looking and well-dressed staff.


Less A pub, more a never-ending party experience. Just up the hill from Chalk Farm, but far enough away from Camden Market territory to be largely Goth-free, the Steeles attracts muzos, some of them quite famous (Noel and Meg are neighbours), assorted wild-child offspring of Hampstead bohos, and occasionally the ageing bohos themselves - all of whom seem to rub along passing well with the odd old Irish geezer who's been propping up the bar since before the Steeles was fashionable. Regulars are very regular indeed, hence the chummy atmosphere, and it's jam-packed by late evening, especially on Sundays, when the most unexpected people get down to foot-stomping jigs rendered by the best Irish session in town. Dress is uninhibited, and low lights, loads of candles and dusty shelves of old books feed the senses if you're feeling amorous. Reasons to go to the Steeles: to wear that microscopic leather thingy you haven't dared put on; to enjoy somewhere groovy but where lots of people are older than you; to remind yourself you could pull if you weren't so choosy.

Letter: Late nights at the library

Sir: The decline in the use of public libraries is not just due to them purchasing too few books ("Use of libraries declines as cuts limit new books", 30 June). Library hours in our own London borough, Camden, have been severely cut over the years. Even worse, opening times are out of touch with current working hours and the spread of commuting: my own branch, the borough's flagship, normally closes at six, with one "late night" opening - to 7pm.

Labour implements its first closure

The Government yesterday approved the shutting down of the first school on the ailing list to be closed since the general election.

Court backs council over pounds 21m subsidy

The Department of the Environment faces a pounds 300m hole in its budget after losing a court case against Camden Council over the rules governing housing subsidy.

Van Dijk puts Hampstead on a high

Hampstead and Westminster became the first Regional League team to claim their place in the National League play-offs following a resounding 6-1 victory against their nearest challengers, Anchorians.

Letter: Car-free Camden?

Sir: What a trendy, innovative idea of Camden's to create car- free estates ("So you want to live here? Then we won't let you buy your own car", 15 February). Does this mean that Camden councillors and employees will be selling their cars and closing their own car parks, or is it one law for the Camden commissars and one for the rest of us?

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