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Sian Smith: 'She's not in trouble. We just want her back'

Green wing: Emma Townshend meets volunteers at Charing Cross Hospital's restorative garden

"I find," says Maggie with a smile, "that I take more and more interest in worms." Maggie Brennan is a horticultural volunteer working in a garden at the edge of Charing Cross Hospital, west London, and she is sitting with me, taking a brief break on this sunny cold day, trying to explain just what it is about gardening that she loves. "When you're gardening, you can really be in the moment," she adds. "Not worrying about the past, and what you did then, or fretting about the future. Lots of people don't really live in the present at all. Gardening brings you right back to the present, and centres you there."

Letters: BSkyB ownership

If not Murdoch, then who?

Foyles' flagship store moving 'up the road'

Foyles, the family-owned bookshop, is set to move its flagship London store up the road from its current site near Leicester Square in the West End.

Rail passengers urged to protest over fares

Rail passengers were urged today to take action in the fight for fairer train fares.

Nadir vows to sue for wrongful arrest

The former Polly Peck tycoon Asil Nadir has vowed to issue a writ against police for wrongful arrest after his release from custody.

Asil Nadir arrested and released in bail 'mix-up'

Former head of Polly Peck held for hours at a London police station after allegedly failing to abide by his curfew

Tom Croft avoids need for surgery

England flanker Tom Croft does not require surgery on his fractured right shoulder, the Rugby Football Union have confirmed.

The bookseller who doesn't read novels

Foyles' head Sam Husain tells Deirdre Hipwell about the book store's trust in value and service

The Business On... Sam Husain, Chief executive, Foyles

I can't find him in the family history

Foyles turns over new leaf as sales at rivals decline

The independent bookseller Foyles made a pre-tax profit of £335,934 in the year to 30 June.

Long delays for hip surgery

Elderly people with broken hips often face an "unacceptable" wait for surgery, a survey shows.

Tube line cleared for runaway train

A runaway train went through six stops on a 13-minute journey on the Tube today with other Underground trains having to be cleared out of its path.

Chipotle, 114-116 Charing Cross Road, London WC2

One night. Two tables. One hot cuisine. But are the chains opening in the trail of Wahaca taco-tastic or just tacky?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Our island home really isn't so bad

We are not busted and have what it takes to rise to any number of challenges. Call it reactive patriotism if you like, the defence of the realm in its time of greatest need

Novelist Alan Sillitoe dies aged 82

Novelist Alan Sillitoe died today at the age of 82, his family said.



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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?