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Manchester’s Chorlton along with Herne Hill, Muswell Hill and Dagenham in London are some of the worst afflicted areas while Mossley Hill and Waterloo in Liverpool also feature prominently

Smart Moves: Corporate universities threaten the old guard

The battle between companies and mainstream universities for the hearts and minds of British youth is growing in intensity as global competition heats up.

Fast Track: A-Z of employers: McDonald's

Age: 25 years in the UK.

Obituary: Ahmed Pochee

AHMED POCHEE was a maverick who injected a fresh spirit of irreverence and fun into the staid world of the wine trade. The fact that he never took himself, or anyone else, too seriously, was the key both to his success and his low profile. He was an anti-hero for whom the trappings of success meant little compared to the job he loved doing.

Romantic breaks start with a bang in the chunnel of love

SOME 13,000 passengers headed off on romantic breaks to Paris and Brussels on the Eurostar yesterday, taking advantage of Valentine's Day deals promising pink champagne, roses and heart-shaped chocolates.

Oy! Oy! - Pardon my Norwegian

Some items raised in readers' letters, starting with a correction to our piece on Shipping Areas:

Letter: Jinx strikes the Misery Line

Sir: At 6.25pm on 6 January I was reading my copy of The Independent on the northbound platform of Angel tube station in London, waiting for my train home.

Next weekend...

... go classical in the park

The man who put the axe in double tax

BUNHILL

OBITUARY:Nanni Loy

In the present discussions on Japanese war guilt there has been no mention of the magnificent apologias sent out by some of that country's leading film-makers in the late 1950s and early 1960s - Kobayashi's trilogy The Human Condition, Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp, and Fires on the Plain.

Life with all the boring bits cut out

Romantic fiction, a genre that counts Jane Austen and the Brontes among its role models, has been unfairly tarnished, argues Anna Maxted

McDonald's fights anarchist couple: Costs of libel hearing on 'damaging' leaflet set to top pounds 1m

THE McDONALD'S fast-food chain began an extremely public and expensive defence of its integrity yesterday, in a High Court libel action against two anarchists alleged to have published a damaging leaflet about the corporation.

Property: A losing battle in the trenches - Residents have no control over construction work on their doorsteps. Anne Spackman talks to two victims

As a tenant, Linda Libetta will get no compensation for the widening of the North Circular Road next to her home Photographs: Neil Pattison

Mother forced to fight for entitlements: The failure to co-ordinate

Vivien alcorn had to sit outside a consultant's room and refuse to budge until she was given an appointment before she got approval for an electric wheelchair for her severely disabled son, Nicholas.

True Gripes: By popular demand: Commuters want buskers

Do you use the Tube regularly? If so, you'll almost certainly have seen posters recently discouraging you from giving money to buskers. You may also have seen an Underground guard or a policeman moving a busker on. As I am a busker, you'll understand why London Underground's current clampdown is annoying me.
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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea