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There were severe delays on the District line and hold-ups on the Hammersmith & Circle line

Police face complaint over gun inquiry

A POLICE investigation into a shooting at a ragga concert in west London has provoked an official complaint.

THEATRE / Would you credit it?: Paul Taylor reviews Moll Flanders with Josie Lawrence at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

'I'VE been through Reno, / I've been through Beverly Hills, / And I'm here. / Reefers and vino, / Rest cures, religion and pills, / And I'm here': so sings Sondheim's battle-scarred but unsinkable survivor in Follies, running through a witty litany of things she's had to rise above. Compared with Moll Flanders, though, this dame hasn't lived.

Spring Property Survey: Let bargain-hunters beware of the bid: Do your homework before buying, says Margaret St John

A COLD, wet night did nothing to deter more than 300 people in search of a bargain. The seminar on how to buy property at auction had been organised by the auctioneers Kennedy Wilson UK Ltd and the audience listened carefully to all the basics. Many were foreigners learning how to find a bargain while sterling is low.

Cash in on the Money Show

THE 1993 Money Show is being held from Thursday to Sunday at the Olympia 2 Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14. More than 120 financial institutions will have stalls. Tickets cost pounds 6. The show starts at 10am each day, finishing at 8pm on Thursday, 6pm on Friday and Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.

Mother leaves girl, 11, alone in London flat

In an echo of a recent scandal in the United States, an 11-year- old girl was left alone in a west London flat after her actress mother apparently flew to Spain for a four-week holiday.

Progress of press Bill under threat

SUSPICIONS grew yesterday that the Government will attempt to cut short the progress of a Private Member's Bill on newspaper inaccuracy.

THEATRE / Out of steam: Paul Taylor sees The Ghost Train rolling on at the Lyric, Hammersmith

Dramas such as Hamlet or Blithe Spirit, where the phantom revenants are meant to be bona fide, don't have as much disruption potential as the sort of play where the spooks turn out to lack the requisite credentials. The most famous of these is Arnold Ridley's much revived Twenties comedy-thriller The Ghost Train, which has been shunted out of its siding once again as this year's Christmas offering at the Lyric, Hammersmith.

Education: Fewer hours in the school day, more terms in the year: There is growing interest among parents and teachers in the 'continental' timetable. Sarah Strickland reports

The long-running debate over the educational merits of a shorter school day and alternative patterns of terms and holidays is being rekindled by a Labour-led west London borough. Hammersmith and Fulham says it will encourage schools to adopt the 'continental day' and discuss the possibility of a four-term year.

Four-term year

A four-term school year, and a school day from 8am to 2pm, are expected to be agreed by Hammersmith and Fulham councillors in London. Governors will have the final say.

Obituary: Diana Zwar

Diana Helen Mary Plunkett, theatrical technician and manager, born London 10 April 1918, theatre manager Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, 1947-55, married 1955 Charles Zwar (died 1989; one daughter), died Oxford 2 September 1992.

Don Carlos - Lyric Studio Hammersmith: Correction:

The staging of Schiller's Don Carlos at the Lyric Studio, Hammersmith, is presented by Start Here Productions, not as stated in our Notice on Tuesday

THEATRE / Don Carlos - Lyric Studio, Hammersmith (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION (PUBLISHED 27 AUGUST 1992) APPENDED TO THIS ARTICLE

THEATRE / With sunny side up: Paul Taylor on Absent Friends at the Lyric Hammersmith

In Alan Ayckbourn's plays, it is the well-intentioned characters who tend to wreak the most havoc, the out-and-out bastards being very much the silver medalists in any emotional damage contest. In Joking Apart, for instance, it is the endless beneficence and hospitality of Richard and Anthea, the sensitive, effortlessly successful couple at the play's centre, that help drive their various visitors to despair, impotence and, in one case, a heart attack. And in Absent Friends, revived now by Peter James at the Lyric, Hammersmith, it is the kindly Colin - guest of honour at the tea-party organised by his old friends to console him for the death of his fiancee - who is the little ray of sunshine with the heart-of-darkness effect.

Three arrested

Three people were being held at Paddington Green police station, London, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, Scotland Yard said. The three were reportedly arrested at houses in West Kensington, Shepherd's Bush and Fulham, west London, after a lengthy surveillance operation
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