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Real Work: Who said that girls left their scraps in the playground?

Secrets, betrayals, cliques - it's not easy being mates with your female colleagues. TERRI APTER reports

Letter: Outpouring of grief

Sir: I personally was never able to understand the canonisation of Diana. In the case of Jill Dando, however, Deborah Orr has got it wrong in quite spectacular fashion.

Letter: So much more than a bad mood

Letter: So much more than a bad mood

Letter: Who are you?

Sir: "How to recall whatsisname" (23 March). You pose the question but do not provide the answer.

Words: hence, adv.

FRIENDS IS back on form with series five. Free from celebrity cameos, it has real surprises. Phoebe's mink is "the best thing I've ever had draped round me - including Phil Huntley", Monica and Chandler's se-cret romance is known only to Joey - who says hence.

Letter: After a good life

Sir: The way Professor Nicholas Kurti handled his own death had an important message for all of us in modern society who find it difficult to deal with mortality (obituary, 27 October).

National Trust beats hunt lobby

MOVES BY a rebel group to overturn the National Trust's ban on stag hunting on its lands were overwhelmingly defeated last night, writes Mark Rowe.

Bargain Hunter: Deal Of The Week - An affordable flexible friend

CREDIT CARDS can be the bane of one's life. That easily made purchase turns into months of payments at an exorbitant rate of interest - particularly if you are with Barclaycard, to whom you are probably paying up to 22.9 per cent APR for credit.

Glass consciousness

Forget church - stained glass now features in the most fashionable houses. By Rhiannon Batten

Travel quote

Travelling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends

Letter: Our rural friend

Sir: My view is a vast East Anglian landscape, but just two fields. One is set-aside, whilst in the other the landowner is ploughing out a bridleway for greater arable acreage.

Letter: Why we should hail Swampy and friends as patriotic heroes

Sir: The under-sheriff of Devon may be right to say that he had no powers to negotiate with the A30 protesters, but he was wrong to call their demand for a new public inquiry into the scheme "totally unacceptable" and "totally unrealistic" (reports, 27, 28 January).

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape