Girls arrested after pensioner attack

Three girls were arrested yesterday by police investigating an incident in which an 83-year-old woman was terrorised in her house for five hours before being burgled.

Drink / Let them drink beer

French beers for Bastille (or any other) Day

A stroll through Hogarth's London; THE SUNDAY WALK

This year sees the tercentenary of William Hogarth. By Mark Rowe

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It has been reported this week that the Foreign Secretary, Mr Robin Cook (henceforth to be known only as Robin), is to circulate those who lie abroad for their country with a special video, introducing himself and his policies. Previously they only received a short note reading something like "Dear colleague. My name's Malcolm. I'm another Tory. I want Britain to be at the heart of Europe. Cheers."

Motoring: Having a testing time

The Institute of Advanced Motorists takes ordinary bad drivers and turns them into angels of the highways. Boy racer Michael Booth tries to join its select club but is judged to be no better than Mr Magoo

Rowing: Redgrave and Pinsent resurgent

Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent announced their return after a three- month respite following the Olympic Games in Atlanta by winning the openweight class at the finals of the men's squad trials at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, yesterday.

Hockey: Pearn power earns Reading title

Reading claimed their first National League Premier title with an emphatic 4-1 victory over last season's champions, Cannock, before a large, partisan crowd in pleasant sunshine at Sonning yesterday.

Light Blues savour a Story book finish

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Rowing: Famous five for Light Blues

Cambridge won a memorable Boat Race by two lengths in a time of 17minutes and 38 seconds after a gritty fight back on the Surrey bend gave them their fifth successive victory. The two coxswains were under constant warnings from the umpire, Tom Cadoux-Hudson, for most of the race, principally against Kevin Whyman of Cambridge.

Hockey: Reading displace Teddington at top

Reading beat the leaders Teddington 4-3 in a thrilling match at Chiswick and took over the Premier leadership after Cannock only drew 3-3 at Surbiton.

COMEDY With James Rampton

Owen O'Neill's `Shouting from the Scaffold' is at the Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead (01442 242287) tonight and Warwick Arts Centre (01203 523734) on 24 April. Owen O'Neill is also appearing in the `Best of Irish Night' at the Comedy Store, London (0171-344 4444) on St Patrick's Day, 17 Mar

When a frothy market bubbles into broken promises

Paul Salmon and his wife Chris sold their house in Chiswick, west London, "in good faith" to help speed a chain. Six months later they are living with friends, paying pounds 100 a week to keep their furniture in storage, and feel they have been "pushed out of the market" by gazumpers.

Motoring: Bridges close, roads are ripped up - and the British grin and bear it

I write from the newly separatist and forcibly isolated state of SoWeLo, formerly known as south-west London. Lovely old Hammersmith Bridge, our gateway to the north, is closed "for a year although it could be more". Instead of teams of workmen on hand, to labour good-heartedly through day and night to overhaul the grand old lady of river crossings and enable speedy connections between the two halves of our fair capital to resume, Hammersmith Bridge stands quiet and stately and, apart from a few bus passengers and cyclists, totally unused. Of workmen, there is no sign. All that's happened is that "funding has been allocated".

Paedophile loses right to council accommodation

A convicted paedophile lost his fight for council accommodation yesterday after a judge ruled that he had made himself "intentionally homeless" by committing offences which landed him in jail.

Rowing: Home-grown Light Blues leave Innocence behind

Cambridge University happily endorsed the permissive society in allowing "Guilt" to overcome "Innocence" in yesterday's doughty eights trial for the crew to take on Oxford in the Boat Race.
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz