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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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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
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Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

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Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

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Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

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