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Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr has joined forces with two foodie entrepreneurs to grow herbs and vegetables 100ft below the ground 

Gang `shot mother as children cowered'

TWO CHILDREN were forced to lie under a mattress while several feet away their mother was shot in the head by a gang with links to Jamaica, a jury was told yesterday. Avril Johnson, 30, a disc jockey known as Miss Irie, died, but her husband, Kirk, escaped by playing dead when a bullet meant for him missed and hit a wall.

Alldays' chief executive replaced

Alldays' chief executive replaced

Books: Gael force in Sarf and West

Bernard O'Donoghue enjoys fun and pathos in an Anglo-Irish memoir

Letters: Spare the weeds

Sir: The answer to Mr Duff Hart-Davis' article on ragwort poisoning horses ("The catcher in the rye", 18 September) can be found in The Flora of The British Isles by Clapham, Tutin and Warburg, which says ragwort is a weed of "waysides and neglected or overgrazed pastures".

Great Railway Fiascos No 19: Virgin charges double for a one-way ticket

AS A REGULAR rail traveller, Craig Sayer was well used to the vagaries of the pricing system. He knew that when he bought a single from Manchester to London, instead of his usual return, it was unlikely to cost half the normal pounds 20 fare.

Prescott hits back at his rail critics

JOHN PRESCOTT countered criticism that he is failing to improve public transport yesterday as he announced a pounds 150m safety system for Britain's railways.

Anger over Abbey's pounds 5 bill charge

"BLOODY CHEEK, excuse my French," bristled Winifred Blake, every white hair on her head twitching with indignation.

`You learn more if you come on time,' says Theo, 10

St Bernadette Grant Maintained Roman Catholic Junior School in Clapham, south west London, introduced a home-school agreement in 1991. Among things expected from pupils are school uniform, homework and punctuality. Above average SATs results are credited to the agreement.

Black engineer fights for equal pay on race grounds

A BLACK ENGINEER has begun a legal battle to become the first person in Britain to win equal pay after claiming racial discrimination.

Theatre: lift99

Voyeurs with a penchant for hanging out in department stores should be very happy about forthcoming delights in the London International Festival of Theatre (Lift99). If you pop down to Arding and Hobbs Department Store in Clapham, you will see the Australian Urban Dream Capsule (left), featuring four guys "living" in the display windows for two weeks, 24 hours a day with - guess what? - no curtains. The 14 other events include Concierto Barroco - a picaresque stage-version of the novel of Venezuelan magical-realist writer Alejo Carpentier, and Ubu - a collaboration between South African artist William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company which bases itself on the explosive information supplied to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Property: The customer comes last

Thousands of estate agents have failed to join an Ombudsman scheme. By Penny Jackson

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The Ageeable World Of Wallace Arnold: Full steam ahead! The good ship Tory's back on course!

Poop! Poop! Yes - we're back on course! Ample cause for celebration at Smith Square. But first, a few home truths: for the past two years or more, things in the Conservative party haven't been going according to plan.

Football: Morrison fires Palace revival

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It's all over when the fat bloke snores

The indignation at this awful behaviour is, in a way, more interesting than the behaviour itself
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