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The mother of a six-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome has spoken of the human impact a planned mass eviction of travellers will have.

Great Railway Fiascos No1: Unloved station that came to a halt dead halt Great railway journeys to nowhere

AN UNPRETENTIOUS Victorian railway station called Essex Road, in the heart of Blairite Islington, is, in its small way, a metaphor for all that is wrong with New Labour's integrated transport policy.

Shame of our neglected paths

THE RAMBLERS' ASSOCIATION has published a survey naming and shaming parish councils that let public footpaths fall into disrepair.

Letter: Down the Tube

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Letter: Life's a beach

Sir: This week a front-page article about the sins and dangers of stealing pebbles from Britain's beaches ("Now it's the take-away beach", 29 May); the previous Saturday Christopher Hirst was suggesting we collect pebbles from Chesil Beach, a nationally protected area ("Back to the stone age", 22 May). Charlie Dimmock can't take all the blame!

Letter: Panic now!

Sir: I wasn't unduly worried about millennium bug problems until I read your report (24 May) about the government leaflet being sent to every home. That is about as reassuring as the Tories' stance on BSE and the present government's line on the GM issue. If we are being warned not to stockpile food and banknotes, it's obviously time to act now!

Cricket: Round-Up - Vaughan dominates Essex

YORKSHIRE TOOK control against Essex at Chelmsford yesterday after the day had started with the game in the balance. The visitors began 24 behind and opener Greg Blewett (39) helped knock off the runs before he was forced to retire hurt.

Parliament: Members Interests: Gorman failed to declare shareholdings in register

THE TORY MP Teresa Gorman had to apologise to the House of Commons yesterday for failing to list directorships, shareholdings and property in the Register of Members' Interests. The humiliation of the Essex MP could mark the start of a new, tougher era in which House of Commons rules are enforced more rigorously.

DJ `raped women in series of attacks' reign of terror'

A DISC jockey raped four women and attacked eight others between last May and December, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. Richard Baker, 34, left overwhelming scientific evidence at the rape scenes, said Nicholas Hilliard, for the prosecution.

Letter: Usage and abusage

Sir: Marius Pope (letter, 26 April) complains about the pronunciation of "sixth", "drawing" and "secretary" on the BBC and he asks whether standards are deteriorating.

Deaf people may get seat on juries

PLANS TO allow immigrants and deaf people to take part in jury service are being considered by the Government.

Britain votes: Local Council Election Results

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Letter: David Cronenberg movie

Sir: I read the following in Anthony Quinn's review (29 April) of the new David Cronenberg movie eXistenZ: "We've turned every other profession into a fetish - why not games designers?" Yes please!

End of Story: There was a time when I thought I was Essex's answer to the great Jack Kerouac

At half past four yesterday morning I was standing under the last street lamp on the outskirts of a Dorset market town, hitch-hiking. I was wearing my dark suit and had my black briefcase between my feet. How I came to be standing there would take too long to explain. Basically, I had panicked and got off the train at the wrong station.

Cricket: Feeble Essex fall to Lewis

Essex 252 & 150 Leicestershire 424 Leics win by innings and 22 runs

Cricket: Lewis sparkles to end five-year wait

Essex 252 and 2-0 Leicestershire 424
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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

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From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

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Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

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England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

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America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone