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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

Smart moves when a road draws near: Compensation can help if planners run over your dream home

THERE are many different ways of finding out that a new road is to be routed through your front garden. Lesley and Alexander Hukins only discovered it by accident.

Innovation: Smart manoeuvre

THE French company Schlumberger is promising to end the problem of finding change for pay and display machines by introducing smart cards to car parks. Users will buy the parking smart cards in advance. The card is inserted into the machine and the length of stay selected. A ticket is then issued and the correct amount debited.

Letter: Sometimes a motor is the optimum mode

Sir: Gavin Green makes the point in his article 'Right cars for the wrong reason' (Motoring, 19 March) that replacing big cars with tiny city cars will not solve the urban transport problem. Although this is true to a degree, city cars do have an important role as part of a wider urban transport strategy.

Motoring / Road Test: Opening up a small package: Phil Llewellin enjoys the down-to-earth pleasures of the swift new Peugeot 106 Rallye, a delightful car that doesn't deserve its stripes

Four words - fewer frills, more thrills - encapsulate the Peugeot 106 Rallye's character. Enthusiasts who take the view that driving is to be enjoyed rather than endured will appreciate this agile hatchback's ability to generate more than its fair share of smiles per mile. It evokes the spirit that made the Mini Cooper 1275S such a favourite in the Sixties.

Mercedes opts to build new city cars in Germany

MERCEDES-BENZ will build its small city car in Germany after considering cheaper rival options in Britain, France and the Czech Republic. It said it had succeeded in negotiating the DM200m ( pounds 79m) a year savings needed to make the Rastatt plant in Baden- Wurttemberg competitive with foreign locations.

MOTORING / Benvenuto Cinquecento]: Fiat's new city car, on sale in Britain from June, is the latest in a 500 line that began with the Topolino, or 'Little Mouse'. Jonathan Glancey salutes three small engineering triumphs

'THE AUTOMOBILE has become a mobile living-space,' wrote Dante Giacosa, Fiat's chief engineer and designer from 1946 to 1970, at the end of his long career. 'The car designer is now comparable to an architect.'

Police angry over boys arrested twice in one day

TWO SCHOOLBOYS were arrested twice in seven hours yesterday after escaping from youth custody the first time, police said.

Media Update: Reflected glory

PEUGEOT 106 is to sponsor the two-part Prime Suspect II, the detective drama starring Helen Mirren that swept the Bafta awards this year. Peugeot is paying pounds 250,000 for the privilege of sponsoring the follow-up because 'like the principal character of Prime Suspect II, the stylish Peugeot 106 has the confidence to make its own way in a challenging world'. ITV, which is stepping up its efforts to woo advertisers, claims that Croft Port increased sales by 50 per cent after sponsoring Rumpole and sales of Beamish Stout (in cans) rose by 150 per cent after its linking with Inspector Morse.
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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
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing