Want to go cycling in Europe? Then get the bus

Andrew Eames meets the cyclists who have beaten the red tape and the financial penalties and made it to Europe with their bikes intact

Letter: Citizens of Britain?

YOU ask if British children should be taught how to be citizens (leading article, 24 March). This is clearly a waste of money while we are all condemned to be subjects.

Profile: Wendy Dagworthy - Mentor a la mode

As head of fashion at Saint Martin's, Wendy Dagworthy shaped the careers of such rising stars as Antonio Berardi, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. But can she do the same at the stuffy Royal College of Art? Ann Treneman watches her work

Arts Campaign: Letters

I AGREE with every word ... for a host of reasons, I think the idea of campaigning to make it easier for individuals to give from their own pocket is a good one.

Comment: Thank God he never got near Downing Street

David Walker on enoch powell

Letter: The toddler Jesus

The toddler Jesus

Carey's customer service

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to deliver a 90-second soundbite sermon this afternoon which will be broadcast in every Asda store in the country via an in-store radio station.

Faith & Reason: The Archbishop and the Odalisque

Christians are often suspicious of the secular Xmas. But the tradition of puritan asceticism serves them ill, argues The Rev John Kennedy.

Football: Buglione can burst net for Bloodvessel

FA Cup Countdown: Kevin Keegan and Ray Wilkins will be taking their Fulham side on a day trip to the Kent coast on Sunday for an FA Cup tie against a team with an eventful history in the competition.

Letter: Fox-hunting

Sir: The articles in The Independent of Tuesday 4 November regarding the attempt to pass a Bill to ban fox-hunting shows the lack of democracy that exists in Britain today. Hopefully the Prime Minister does have important legislation to pass in this five-year parliament, but the fact that a few, unelected members of the House of Lords, can prevent a Bill being passed which is supported by the majority of the Commons, and the majority of the electorate, shows how undemocratic our current Parliament is. It is time to change our anachronistic upper chamber.

Letter: Schools' high moral duty

Sir: Your leading article misses the point. State education has serious deficiencies. The 7 per cent of the population who do not use it consist of the wealthy and powerful decision-makers in our society. Are these two facts connected? If the influence of the 7 per cent could be brought to bear on the problems of state education for reasons of self-interest, would there be improvements?

Obituary: Professor Carel Weight

During Carel Weight's tenure as Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art he received an unexpected letter from the Queen asking him to join a select party of guests staying overnight at Windsor Castle. Noting the invitation was dated 1 April, Weight assumed it to be an April Fool. Typically, he did nothing about it for a while but nevertheless worried quietly until he eventually discovered that the summons was absolutely genuine.

Letter: British Museum: clear the car park

Sir: I am delighted that the eyesore of car parking is to be removed from the courtyard of the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House (report, 28 July).

Letter: Oxford is tough, and long may it remain so

Chloe Fox found that her Oxford interview "totally unnerved" her ("Why I'm glad Oxford turned me down", Real Life, 27 July). The dons' interviewing techniques were unnecessary, and also inaccurate if they were meant to screen out students who could not take the pressure. If they wish to assess character they should try psychometric tests, school and medical reports. Making students feel inferior is just not terribly clever.

Letter: Cash in

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