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For ambitious would-be authors, the life of Colin Wilson presents itself as a cautionary tale. Here, Terence Blacker explains where the self-proclaimed genius went wrong

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Gemini will enable scientists to look back to events that happened billions of years ago

Travel: When a rest is as good as a climb

If your idea of a hike is a stroll across Hampstead Heath, the thought of climbing Aconcagua - the highest mountain in the world outside Asia - will make you need to lie down. By Justin Rowlatt

Railway Rapist admits 9 more

THE NOTORIOUS Railway Rapist, already serving seven life terms for two murders and five rapes, yesterday admitted nine more rapes.

Education: Passed/Failed Penelope Fitzgerald

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Old Labour ultra-loyalist dies at 18

FOR NEARLY 18 years he was the political companion to the former labour leader Michael Foot but now Dizzy, his faithful Tibetan terrier, has died.

Wisdom doesn't change with the passing of the years

I AM about to become invisible. It hasn't quite happened yet, but bit by bit, step by step, year by year, I am ceasing to exist. On buses, on trains, in the street, people already walk passed as if I am not there. In queues, in shops, in restaurants, people look straight through me. Those who know me, know me. Are aware of my existence. But strangers are no longer seeing me.

Letter: Tatchell replies

Sir: While I am reluctant to diminish my reputation as a sexual revolutionary hell-bent on subverting straight-laced Puritanism, some of David Aaronovitch's assertions must be challenged before they become accepted facts ("This archaic nation of angry bishops and petulant peers", 19 November).

Not such an everyday story

The map: `The Archers' is as English as a cream tea and about as harmless - or is it? Hannah Jones reveals the Anarchists' guide to Ambridge

Taste police feel the collars of super-rich home owners

THE SUBURBAN planners of Hampstead are to curb the extravagances of the super-rich by strictly controlling the design of new multi-million- pound homes built on one of Britain's most famous streets.

Visual Arts: A Tale of two Cities

"Views of London and Sheffield", which has just opened at Phillips Auctioneers in New Bond Street, is an exhibition of 20th-century British pictures selected from the collection of Sheffield's Graves Art Gallery. It's not a very inspiring theme for an exhibition - it all sounds a bit dry and dowdy - but don't be dissuaded. In and among the smoking chimneys there are some fine things.

Property bubble bursts

THE HOUSING market bubble has burst. Buyers are starting to fall away, deterred by the ever-increasing cost of home ownership caused by soaring mortgage rates.

Letter: Adrian who?

Sir: Your spiel about the Allen Ginsberg do (20 May) calls me a "scouser". Nah. Liverpool's well wicked, specially the Beatles and the Anfield mob, but I was born within pissing range of Hampstead Heath. You're thinking of my old mucker Adrian Henri. Sorted?

Arts: Unhappy families

Deborah Moggach reveals her ongoing fascination with the collapse of the family in the new serial `Close Relations'. By Jasper Rees

Property: The school's fine, but the journey ...

You may live in your dream house, but if you spend two hours each day driving the children back and forth, maybe it's time to think about moving. Mary Wilson talked to people who fought free of the school run
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