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Shane Meadows' new guerrilla project is more than just a movie. James Mottram reports on how the daring director's new Five Days Features manifesto could change the face of film

The Complete Guide To: European theme parks

From Disney to Asterix, Lego bricks to water slides, these vast playgrounds are likely to be firm favourites with families – and a visit needn't break the bank

Questions of cash: Endowment policy payout falls short of standards

Q. Our 25-year endowment policy with Norwich Union (NU) matured in March. For most of the term, the final payment was predicted at £36,750. A year ago, NU advised of a possible shortfall of £1,250. The actual payment is £2,895 below the target amount. No information was provided about how the maturity proceeds were calculated – not even the amount of the final bonus was revealed. We complained to NU about this. It replied that the policy was sold through our financial advisers and questions and complaints should be directed to them. But our complaint was not about advice, it was about performance and NU's failure to explain how the maturity value was calculated. DW, London.

Lift-off for first British astronaut

It was a case of "ground control to Major Tim – where are you?" yesterday as Britain's first official astronaut missed his train back from Paris after the announcement that he was one of the six European astronauts with the right stuff to join the next generation to fly in space.

Man found clinging to Eurostar train

A suspected illegal immigrant was arrested after being found on the outside of a Eurostar train – which had been travelling through Kent at 186mph.

Travel by numbers: the Channel Tunnel

As normal service is resumed on Eurostar following last year’s Tunnel fire, Ben Ross does the maths on Britain’s rail link with the Continent

Leading article: Horse sense

Public art has long been a rather weak point in Britain, when we compare ourselves with many of our Continental neighbours. We have often been too timid, too parsimonious, too protective of the status quo to countenance an interloper, even one that might delight the eye and enhance the landscape. So we welcome the commission awarded to Mark Wallinger for a giant horse sculpture in Kent.

'Angel of the South' to be giant white horse

A giant white horse was announced today as a new £2 million public art commission in south-east England dubbed the "Angel of the South".

Don't panic! We can go skiing and save the planet

Natalie Holmes explains how to visit the Alps and stay green

Strike brings more misery to Eurostar

Eurostar services to and from Brussels and Lille will be cancelled today because of a strike by Belgian workers.

Eurostar train halted in Channel Tunnel

A passenger train from London to Paris was halted briefly in the undersea Channel Tunnel linking England and France because of a technical problem with the train, operator Eurostar said today.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & texts, 14 September 2008

Jonathan Neale ("Lifestyle choices won't win the battle against global warming", 7 September) makes some important points about the need to build a mass movement to force governments to take action on climate change. However, his suggestion of banning flights within Europe and allowing each of us one (presumably long-haul) flight a year elsewhere, while a welcome first step, doesn't go nearly far enough to address the ever-growing problem of aviation emissions (which constitute 13 per cent of the UK's contribution to climate change).

Blaze may disrupt Eurostar services for several months

Cross-channel services could be disrupted for several months because damage to the Channel Tunnel in Thursday's blaze was more serious than originally thought, French officials said yesterday.

Somers Town (12A)

There's glee and romance in a tale of two teenage boys on the loose near St Pancras

How marketing is taking over the film industry

Eurostar has financed Shane Meadows's latest film. Is nothing sacred? Kaleem Aftab is outraged at the way marketing is taking over
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