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How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

Evolutionary Notes: We are apes, whether we like it or not

CHARLES DARWIN shocked Victorian society by, as they thought, suggesting that "man is descended from the apes". What he really suggested, of course, is that humans and the hairy apes (the chimpanzee and gorilla) share a common ancestor, a creature more "ape-like" than "man-like". But now the argument has been turned on its head.

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Children: THINGS TO DO IN LONDON...AND BEYOND

Finsbury Park Carnival, Fonthill Rd & Lennox Rd, Islington, N1 (0171-477 3339) today 1pm-6.30pm, free

The last resort

The sensual pleasures of the Mediterranean are still lost on some Britons - fortunately for many of our seaside towns. And though good weather is promised for this weekend the breezes of Skegness remain forever bracing

Outdoors: When Welkin went on holiday

There were strange happenings down in the farmyard, as Duff Hart- Davis observed, when a visiting donkey met a trio of camelids

Star-struck beasts put out to pasture

Kate Watson-Smyth on the Tamworth Two's bid to remain in the spotlight

Designer watch: ciao baby

You're standing in the Tube on the way to work. No-one looks like they've seen a blue sky or breathed fresh air for weeks. Joe Average beside you reaches for the strap, revealing a chunky watch the size of a dinner plate bristling with buttons. You look at him again and see the real man within - no mere desk jockey, but a rugged, outward-bound hero who spends weekends thrashing around rivers in canoes and being kind to donkeys on mountain tops.

Passed/Failed: Toyah Wilcox

Toyah Wilcox, 39, is the actress and singer who plays the hero in `Jack and the Beanstalk', opening today at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Her film work includes `Quadrophenia', `Jubilee' and `The Anchoress' and she has appeared in `Sugar and Spice' at the Royal Court, `Whale' at the National and `A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Regent's Park Theatre. Her albums include `Sheep Farming in Barnet' and `Toyah, Toyah, Toyah!' and for three years she toured with her husband, guitarist Robert Fripp, in the band Sunday All Over the World. Her album of `Cabaret' with Nigel Planer was released in May. She presents `The Holiday Programme' and `Fasten Your Seatbelts' on BBC1.

Interview: Martin Bell - Not so much a party animal, more a party poope r

Deborah Ross talks to Martin Bell

City & Business: Lions and donkeys

Leadership and managerial decision-making ability, while often confused, are not the same thing. Never was this more true than in war: the Earl of Cardigan must have had extremely good motivation and communications skills to lead his 600 troops in the Charge of the Light Brigade, but in retrospect it was a truly awful management decision.

Letter: Keep bad owners off the beach, not donkeys

The RSPCA is not trying to take donkeys off British beachers, merely irresponsible owners ("Drop the hot donkey...", 24 August). While there are good owners, we are concerned about operators who take too little care in ensuring that their animals have sufficient shade, water and rest in hot weather.

Drop the hot donkey, say RSPCA as beach temperatures soar

One Of The last remaining traditions of the Victorian seaside - the donkey ride - is under threat of extinction from the RSPCA.

Immigrants to the country must expect cows to bellow, donkeys to bray and chain-saws to scream. But peacocks are something else ...

I do not usually have much time for townspeople who come out to live in villages and then complain about the noise and smells. Immigrants to the country must expect cows to bellow, donkeys to bray, tractors to roar, chain-saws to scream and silage clamps to stink like the effluent from hell.

Feeling beastly? Try a little llama therapy

David Usborne on the latest treatment offered to troubled Americans

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Donkeys are abused the world over. But in a corner of Devon lives a lady who kicks back on their behalf.
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