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If your name is Gary or Deborah chances are you live in a house, drive a Citroen Picasso and are in the 45 to 54 age group

Motoring: Road Test: Smart, as in funky but chic

Swatch and Mercedes linked up to build a revolutionary mini-car. Swatch pulled out, but Mercedes finished the job.

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Motoring: The city slicker comes a cropper

The Ford Ka did not live up to launch expectations, but second hand it's got a lot to offer.

Motoring: By fits and Smarts

The verdict: Michael Booth feels that the Smart car may have missed its ideal market. But are our readers laughing at it or with it?

Smart Moves: Take advantage of your many personalities

Most self-respecting, career-minded people will have at least one self-help title on their bookshelves and maybe another, in the form of an audio-book, in their car.

Motoring: Arosa by any other name

The verdict: Our readers test-drive the VW Lupo - essentially a Seat Arosa with a cheeky smile.

Budget 1999: Case Study: The Lone Parent - Little change, but I'm not unhappy with my new lot

Sylvia Hayhoe, 45, from Carlisle. She works part-time as an administrative assistant and takes home pounds 723 a month. She receives pounds 15 a week in maintenance from her ex-husband and pounds 10 a week in family credit, plus pounds 17.10 in child benefit and lone parent benefit. She has a son, Simon, aged 15.

Motoring: Road Test - When size really counts

The Mercedes-Benz Smart is the ultimate city car. So why aren't we buying it?

Poetic Licence: Bob's Smart Car

A leading transport expert, Professor Chris Wright, says that microprocessor devices installed in cars of the future may also act as policemen by keeping records of bad driving, fining us or, in extreme cases, even arresting us by locking us in our cars.

Motoring: Why Tom, Dick and Harry fill me with off-road rage

LASER TARGETING is one of the marketing industry's latest buzz phrases. With car companies, however, these lasers have about as much accuracy as a blunderbuss fired by a man wearing a blindfold.

Think small for the best of the People's Motor Show

More modest cars have a high profile at Birmingham. By James Ruppert

Motoring: The City car to be seen in

For a small car, the VW Lupo is stylish, spacious, practical - and even betrays a sense of humour

Motorcycling: Smart's joint challenge of cash and competitiveness

Ignoring the easy option in a divided sport, a young British motorcycli st with a famous family is struggling to develop his undoubted talent

'Clairvoyant' terrier makes a dog's breakfast of psychic powers test

FOR PET owners who think Rover knows when they will return or their mystic moggie can sense their movements, there is bad news: scientific experiments have concluded that pets are not psychic.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links