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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

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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

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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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