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

Bridge death

Bridge death

LETTER: Homes before risks at Circle 33

From Mr Donald Hoodless

Theatre / 606 THEATRE Lyric Studio, Hammersmith

There are some baffling things going on in Hammersmith in the slippery form of Fernando Arrabal's loquacious mind play. Written in 1965, the piece has the feel of an extended game of Chinese whispers in which ideas resurface in ever more contorted shapes from one scene to the next. It is only when you get to the end that the nature of the riddle (to which there is, of course, no solution) becomes clear. In 606 Theatre's production, however, it reveals itself as a work that is as preoccupied with candour as artful capers. Though Arrabal ends up in a realm where private fantasy has eclipsed a more pedestrian reality, the events that precede it are bound together by a bizarre dream logic. The effect is by turn intriguing, infuriating and chilling, and a graphic example of what the playwright called his "Theatre Panique".

Battered men come out of the closet

Domestic violence is not confined to men against women; men abuse men, too. Nick Kirby reports and, below, Beverly Kemp looks at two cases in which one male partner was battered by the other

POP / Sweet and light: The Cranberries - Shepherd's Bush

The crisp, healthy roses adorning each amp should have been enough to tell you that this was going to be neither rock nor roll. Dolores O'Riordan, a peroxided imp in a tutu, hacked at her guitar to mannered cries of 'Go on, Dolores]', and dissent only loomed with the dismissal of 'Linger', just three songs in. Thereafter, ploughing toward the stage became a cinch compared to buying a pint.

THEATRE / Distorted reflections: Paul Taylor reviews The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Lyric, Hammersmith

The Picture of Dorian Gray comes with a heavy and elaborate frame in Neil Bartlett's new version at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Wilde's novel about the beautiful youth who sells his soul in order to swap places with his portrait and so live as an unchanging work of art is not given a direct dramatisation here. Instead, we watch a group of Wilde's friends and a couple of hired assistants as they engage in a semi-performed reading of the text.

Hypocrisy row over homeless

Westminster council has been accused of hypocrisy for asking other London boroughs to accommodate its tenants in housing association properties while it sells off homes under its ownership.

Where shall we meet?: The White Horse, Parsons Green SW6

This large pub, whose terrace overlooks one of Fulham's better-known green spots, was once one of the quintessential Sloane pubs, now it's one of the quintessential sub-Sloane pubs. The waxed jackets are still in evidence, as are the Alice bands, but the accents are likely to be Essex or Australian, and the language has developed a fruitiness normally confined to the hunting field. Still one of its main advantages is that everyone, though they might make faces if you ask them for directions, knows where it is, and you can usually find your way there from the Tube just by following the noise.

Tribunal 'bias'

THE chairman of an industrial tribunal who asked an Asian senior lecturer if he could speak English 'acted irregularly', the Employment Appeal Tribunal said. Stella Hollis acted with bias and was 'discourteous and disrespectful' to Minya Laher who was claiming racial discrimination at Hammersmith and West London College. A new tribunal will be held.

Sporting Digest: Croquet

BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (Hurlingham) Sixth day: Third round: P Day bt W Coles +22tp, -3, +15; J P Dawson bt M Coles +26tp, +26; R L Bamford bt G S Liddiard +3, +26tp. Quarter-finals: R I Fulford bt Day +24tp, +3; C Clarke bt D B Maugham -26tp, +24tp, +26tp; S N Mulliner bt M Taylor +18, +8; Bamford bt Dawson +2, +24tp.

Where shall we meet?: The Dove, Hammersmith

This pub is a popular spot from which to watch the Boat Race, so it would be a good idea to avoid it in early April. The rest of the year, though, it's a great place to watch a river sunset; it has a fine terrace, glassed over in winter so that you don't have to suffer too much.

Teachers driven round the bend

'No system of regulation is ever going to satisfy everyone's demands, argues Nick Lester, director of the Parking Committee for London. This fact is fast dawning on the parents of pupils at John Betts primary school in Hammersmith.

The Greeks had a word for it, we don't

The role of Tom in the Warehouse production of 'Eva and the Cabin Boy' is played by Tamblyn Lord; not Franklyn Lord as I wrongly stated last week. Apologies. 'Half the Picture': Tricycle, NW6, 071-328 1000. 'Road' and 'The Queen and I': Royal Court, SW1, 071-730 1745. 'Measure for Measure': Lyric Hammersmith, W6, 081-741 2311. 'Sweet Bird of Youth': Lyttelton, SE1, 071-928 2252.

Rail protest

Protesters campaigning for train freight from the Channel tunnel to be diverted from west London lobby Parliament on Monday. Hundreds of people in Hammersmith and Fulham say they have already experienced escalating levels of disturbance, vibration and noise pollution. Seventy per cent of the freight is destined for areas beyond London.

Cab driver returns to rape woman in her home

A minicab driver stole a woman's house keys then let himself in and raped her just hours after taking her home from the West End, police revealed yesterday.
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