All your life you're dreaming

Peter Parker tags along on some nocturnal excursions; The Tiger Garden: A Book of Writers' Dreams edited by Nicholas Royle, Serpent's Tail, pounds 9.99

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THAT WAS THE DECADE THAT WAS

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`Woman's Hour' will be 50 tomorrow, and really doesn't mind who knows it

It has survived liberation, post-feminism and a morning slot. Emma Daly pays tribute

What kids want and what they get

Clothes and crisps, toys and fizzy drinks, fast food and magazines - and cigarettes, alcohol, lottery tickets, video arcades, drugs. The children's economy is booming, in ways good and bad. Six children, from a child film star to11-year-old Sam, pictured in the bedroom of her council flat, tell us of their lives. By Lesley Gerard. Photographs by Christine Sullivan

Cantona to pay pounds 350 for assault

Eric Cantona was yesterday ordered to pay a photocopier salesman pounds 350 damages after a judge ruled he had attacked the man in a hotel brawl.

Letter: Wrong, Eurostar

Sir: The use of Eric Cantona to promote Eurostar ("Every man has his hour", 4 September) may lead a handful of football fans and cod philosophers to take a ride, but is this the market the company has in its sights? If seats remain empty, Eurostar's abysmal advertising must take most of the blame: one of the most witless, offputting and ineffective campaigns in advertising history.

Albert Camus, What's the Score?

fringe round-up

Photography: Offside! Manchester

Jane Richards realises that a football video doesn't have to mean Cup highlights

'Since I was not completely dead, and since I even resurrected, they have done everything they could to make sure I died a second time. We'll see who dies in the end' Eric Cantona on his exclusion from Euro 96

First seagulls and trawlers. Now the resurrection. Eric Cantona has reacted to his omission from the French team for next month's European Championship with yet another burst of bizarre imagery.

'Spitting' inquiry

FA Cup final

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words : Fan

Last week's case of Matthew Simmons, the football fan kicked by Eric Cantona and later imprisoned for violent behaviour in court, will not have helped the reputation of fans in general. But then they didn't have much of a good name at the start. Fan was short for fanatic in the 17th century, fanatics in those days being mostly religions maniacs of one sort or another, so called because fanum was the Latin for a temple. Now that football is internationally accepted as the religion of the people, I suppose the derivation still has the ghost of a point left in it.

Howard doing it the wrong way; FAN'S EYE VIEW

No 148 Leeds United

Cantona case fan was 'just cheering'

The non-appearance of Eric Cantona as a witness in the trial of the football fan accused of provoking a kung-fu attack by the Manchester United player meant that the prosecution must fail, magistrates were told yesterday.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there