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Switch off – and help the planet

A school in east London is leading a campaign to save energy in buildings and teach about global warming. Will others follow?

Woman On Top: Niki de Saint Phalle

Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture opens with Niki de Saint Phalle's feminist sculptures at the Tate. They certainly look dramatic, but are they any good? Tom Lubbock finds out

Letters: The politics of purchase

Wielding purse-power in the local shops

Typhoon Durian leaves 1,000 dead in Philippines chaos

President Gloria Arroyo declared a state of national calamity yesterday as the Philippines began taking stock after Typhoon Durian, which pummelled the the country last Thursday triggering landslides that are feared to have killed more than 1,000 people.

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We're in a Sydney suburb in 1959, and Bill is expanding on the wonderful future that awaits Australia, with "rational people working for the common good" of being happy. Even without the entrance of a sullen 10-year-old, the victim of a messy divorce, it's obvious that Bill's belief is going to be sorely tested. Bill may be horribly naive for a middle-aged man, but his wife, Helen, believes that a better world exists already, though not in Australia.

Directors escape pensions damage

Company directors are the one class of British worker to remain relatively unscathed by the decline in final salary pension provision, according to research by the pensions adviser, Origen.

Pressure for interest rate rise mounts

Manufacturing output has hit a 10-year high, while inflationary pressures are building across the economy, according to two surveys published today as the Bank of England prepares to meet to set interest rates.

Hilliard, Nicholas: Portrait of an Unknown Man Clasping a Hand from a Cloud (1588)

Images are mostly not for looking at. They are for being there and having around. Take family photos. A grandmother, say, sits in her sitting room, surrounded by framed pictures that are set up on shelves and mantelpiece. They show the various members of her family, living and dead and newly born. They show children at different stages of their growing up. They show family occasions.

Charles Arthur: The Geek

How technology is trying to replace the printed page

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry's heritage is so extensive that there isn't room to show it all, says Giles Chapman

Tools Of The Trade: The Nokia 9500 Communicator smart phone

It's more than a mobile - it's your window on the world

The Wapping era is over, but it has shaped the future

Murdoch's latest printing move reflects the tide of change in the industry, says Raymond Snoddy
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