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.

The madness of living in fear

Dr Peter Chadwick is a psychology lecturer and a schizophrenic. What he says about the illness is challenging in its wisdom and hope. By Glenda Cooper

Restaurant boss resigns for buyout

Cathy Newman

Two injured in manhole cover blast

Two people were injured, one seriously, when a manhole cover was blown off by a blast yesterday in a crowded street. The incident happened at around 3pm on Newport Place at the junction of Charing Cross Road in London's West End.

Obituary: Helene Hanff

Helene Hanff will always be associated with what is, undoubtedly, her most endearing and enduring book, 84 Charing Cross Road (1971); yet this slim volume of correspondence between herself and Marks & Co, an antiquarian bookshop in London, was written at the lowest point in her career.

'84 Charing Cross Rd' author dies

Helene Hanff, author of the best-seller 84 Charing Cross Road, has died of pneumonia, aged 80.

Travel: All aboard the Namesakes Line

London Underground lines are grinding to a halt. So Simon Calder has devised an alternative, much more scenic line

In condemnation of games

Bridge

Passengers in tube alert

Underground passengers were led to safety yesterday after the derailment of a tube train at King's Cross/Euston.

Arrest horrible, says freed heir

The heir to one of Britain's grandest titles was released from police custody yesterday and said the experience had been harrowing. Peter Curzon said: "I have been in the same clothes for five days and have not had a bath."

Sport Books: THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 SPORTS BOOKS

1 The Lad Done Bad - Sex, Sleaze and Scandal in English Football Dennis Campbell, Pete May & Andrew Shields (Penguin, Paperback, pounds 9.99)

Violent patients turned away by full-up hospitals

Six mental health patients, five of whom are considered dangerous, were turned away from hospitals and clinics in London this week because of a lack of beds, it was revealed yesterday.

'I 'ad that columnist in the back of the cab once ...'

I was told the other day that times must be hard for the humble cabbie, as it is now much easier to get a cab back to Essex. I asked my informant how far from central London he lived. "Fifteen miles," was the chirpy answer. I find it almost impossible to get a cab four miles into South London, but then I'm not a bloke in a suit with a fat wedge.

Do we still enjoy skiing?

In the old days we skied badly but cheerfully. If only that was still the case today

Following fictional footsteps (by taxi)

Christina Hardyment joins a literary mission; Quest for Kim by Peter Hopkirk, John Murray, pounds 15.99

It was all talk and no action - yet

Richard Barry reports on the IDA debate on Internet pornography
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