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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 

Cafe Society: Clapham but not common

As the centre of the coolest city in Cool Britannia spews theme restaurants, holosuites, chain outlets and the odd place where food is good if your credit is, Londoners find themselves looking to the inner suburbs for the interesting developments. I'm secretly convinced that this is part of the government's London Appeal: that Tony B doesn't come from the ancient stamping grounds of Ken, Chel and Westminst, but from what the tabloids have officially dubbed London's Trendy Islington.

Football: Own goal undermines Ipswich

Ipswich Town 0 Charlton Athletic 1

Rail crash families must wait for justice

THE families of the seven people killed in Britain's worst rail disaster since 1988 will have to wait "for years" before the cause of the accident can be investigated.

Pop music: Lyric sheets

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Lunch on the line

If you wander through the West End nowadays you're likely to find a queue around every corner. In fact if there isn't one you'll probably ask what's wrong with a place. Nikki Spencer reports

Generators deal staves pit closures off until June

The English coalfields were granted a six-month stay of execution yesterday after the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, disclosed that the three power generators had struck an agreement with RJB Mining that will avoid any pit closures or redundancies until June next year.

High-fliers chill out in the big top

How many of us have dreamed of leaving work behind and running off to join the circus? Most of us, if we're honest, have our own customised escapist fantasies, but few have the courage - some would say the stupidity - to carry it through.

Six disasters; 368 people dead; no successful prosecutions. Now the Government acts

A new offence of corporate killing is being planned by the Government to prosecute directors of companies where people died as a result of failures at the top. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, says the Home Secretary is certain to introduce legislation.

Crash fail-safe `not working'

A fail-safe system that should have prevented Friday's Southall train crash, which killed six people and injured more than 160, was fitted but may not have been working properly, Railtrack admitted last night.

Urban warriors get on their 'peds

Retro scooters are for softies. South London's black youth have adopted the modern moped, all curves and chrome, and made it hip, says Howard Byrom

Horse trials: Watson holds world's best at bay

Horse trials

Signal fault 'another Clapham'

A Richard Branson Virgin Trains express was almost involved in a repeat of the Clapham rail disaster last week.

CRIME Drugs policy should be revised

Two-thirds of expenditure on tackling the drug problem is spent on law enforcement and one-third on prevention, education and treatment, according to a report published today by the Penal Affairs Consortium.

Taste of English beer to pull the Peking crowds

China's capital is to get its first taste of an authentic pub. Teresa Poole reports
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