Mid Kent considers bid for Folkestone

Utilities: United criticises Offer for underestimating scale of electricity roll-out as two water companies announce rise in profits

Small, rural and miles from the inner city. So what went wrong?

Abbey Farm Middle School, inching towards recovery since inspectors branded it failing two years ago, was just yards from the finishing line when the Government pronounced its progress too slow, its head said yesterday.

Road-rage memorial ends in tears

The fiancee of Stephen Cameron, the victim of a road-rage attack, last night broke down in tears at a memorial service commemorating the first anniversary of his death.

Pain goes on for fiancee of road rage victim

Pain goes on for fiancee of road rage victim

Election '97: Mobile man of the Nineties gives Tories Short shrift

And the New Labour machine sets its sights on "Switchers" and "Squeezers"

Letter: Original Brett

Sir: With reference to "Fact or fiction. Will the real Brett Allen please stand up?"(14 March), I think you will find I am probably the original Brett Allen as I am at least 23 years older than the Brett Allen you featured. I am also innocent.

Letter: Tory teaser

Sir: Perhaps Sir George Gardiner might like to explain why, if the Conservatives are as awful as he now says ("Tories will go 'down the pan' ", 10 March), he tried so hard for so long to avoid deselection.

The name of progress

William Hogarth's subversive nature helped produce engravings that captured the foibles of his age, but it also hindered his grander ambitions as a painter. On the eve of an exhibition commemorating his tercentenary, Andrew Graham-Dixon assesses the artist's legacy

Nice line in red-faced bluster

Tim Collins, the Conservative Central Office media guru who claimed the credit for John Major's victory at the last election, and who is now masterminding the Government's by-election disaster in Wirral South, really must learn to engage brain and mouth simultaneously.

Letter: Hot tip

Hot tip

Letter: Barbie effect

Sir: It must be Christmas because Suzanne Moore is writing the annual article about Barbie dolls (13 December).

Case Summaries: 9 December 1996

The following notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

Letter: Secret of age

Sir: Devotees of that "sublime work" The Young Visiters will recall that "Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him." As Daisy Ashford was only nine when she wrote the book, perhaps there is a universal human gene for 42-ness?

Pensioner murdered for cache of pistols

Detectives hunting the killers of an 84-year-old man found beaten and strangled in his home believe he was murdered for his gun collection.

Gravesend on Cup trail

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam