Arts and Entertainment Andrew Marr edited 'The Independent' between 1996 and 1998

Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, 53, has left hospital two months after suffering a stroke.

Celebrate Dougal Day

A Roundabout approach to literacy will go on show today when "Dougal Day" comes to town, to mark the reissue of Eric "father of Emma" Thompson's seminal work, The Adventures of Dougal. It's no dog's day afternoon for our hairy hero as a range of special bookshop events take place up and down the country. In London, Blackwells on Charing Cross Road provides the focus for the day's celebrations, encouraging fans large and small to write their own Dougal story and enter competitions to win T-shirts and other prizes, and taking pounds 1 off the price of Thompson's book (pounds 5.99). The store will also be giving away the secret of how to make your very own Dougal, Blue Peter-style, from a toothpaste box, as well as the recipe for Florence's Jumping Bean Cakes - a tasty alternative to sugar lumps.

People in fashion: Pumping up the volume

Where do Herb Ritts and Mario Testino shop for fashion books in London? Zwemmer Media Arts, where Claire de Rouen has turned a niche market into a thriving business. James Sherwood meets her

This Week's Top 10 Sports Books

1 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Yearbook 1998, edited by Peter Nichols, (Oddball Publishing, paperback, pounds 13)

Racing: Osborne's statement: 'I am confident I will be exonerated'

"I wish to place on record my astonishment upon being arrested on 28 January.

Train attack

Train attack

Debt specialists acquire ailing Knickerbox as going concern

Knickerbox, the lingerie retailer which collapsed into administration just a few days before Christmas, has been acquired by the debt specialist Klesch Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. Klesch is buying the business as a going concern and will take on all 27 branches in Britain, the 48 overseas franchises and all 200 staff.

Cannabis Campaign: Reader Offer

The book Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts has probably done more to dispel the clouds of misinformation and negative propaganda surrounding cannabis use in America than any other publication in the last 25 years. Now it is available in Britain and we have 200 copies to give away to IoS readers. Write in for your copy on a first-come-first-served basis. It is also available for sale from the Charing Cross branch of Waterstones at pounds 10.99.

Jubilee Tube extension might not link up with existing line

A vital pounds 2.75bn Tube extension, already six months late, is likely to open in two separate sections because of signalling difficulties, it was revealed yesterday. And it could be several months before passengers using the Jubilee Line extension will be able to travel the entire route without changing trains, London Underground warned.

Readers give true crime books the axe

Pages of gore, blood and death? By all means, yes. But these days, when the public settles down with a good book about a mad axe-murderer, they feel much more comfortable with the fictional variety, writes Vanessa Thorpe.

Pop: Talkin' loud

Over the past year, Catatonia have had their share of setbacks, but this has just made them more keen to make a big noise. Their latest offerings confirm thay are a band of passion and promise

Gay Life: This way for the sex and seediness of Soho village

Organised walking tours of lesbian and gay Soho began yesterday, designed to celebrate the homosexual heritage of what has become London's gay village. Clare Garner visited the hunting grounds of Oscar Wilde and Charles Laughton.

Arts: Bohemians revisited

Huge, melancholy, unfilmable: that's Anthony Powell's 'A Dance to the Music of Time'. Only, it starts on the box this week. David Runciman reports

Train toll rises to seven

The toll in the Southall rail crash rose to seven yesterday with the death of another of the injured passengers.

Out and about in Soho

Vanessa Thorpe signs up for a gay tour of the West End

Mobile phone saves woman stuck in mud

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