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The Pope described abortion as part of modern ‘throwaway culture’ which has grown to encompass human beings themselves

Speedway: The dirt flies in the Forest

The Anniversary: Modern speedway racing was merely a babe in the woods 71 years ago

Travel: Australia - Deep purple and kind of blue

Changing light, gaping chasms, vast silent spaces... could Australia's MacDonnell mountains be heaven?

Firearms dealer linked to 130 crimes

A FORMER Special Constable with a penchant for Harley- Davidson motorbikes makes an unlikely quartermaster toone of the country's most prolific suppliers of illegal guns. Nevertheless, police have netted a key figure in the underworld of firearms dealing.

Corpse rides off into sunset

A DEVOTED son took his father on a last motorcycle ride through Copenhagen, bought him a drink and a cigar, and at the end of the three- hour spin delivered him to a police station in Frederikssund. Untouched by this exuberant display of filial love, the law charged Flemming Petersen with illicit handling of a corpse.

Inside business: Embrace the human touch

For all the homage paid to customer service, many organisations still fail to grasp what people really value. Roger Trapp reports

Heaven is on a Harley to Harlech

Always fancied yourself as a bit of an `Easy Rider'? Nerys Lloyd- Pierce takes a dream machine down the byways of Wales

The Saturday Essay: Disneyfication that impoverishes us all

America's global culture is not so much hostile as indifferent to democracy. Its goal is a global consumer society.

Disgraced peer rides out of jail on a Harley

IT WAS a passion for classic cars that precipitated Lord Brocket's downfall. So his decision to depart from prison yesterday astride a gleaming Harley-Davidson motorbike was equivalent to sticking two fingers up at authority.

Preview: silver polish metalanguage 2

"Metalanguage 2" is the misleadingly dull title of an exhibition which is set to dazzle visitors to the Barbican Centre. The ongoing "Inventing America" season has so far featured cultural phenomena as diverse as Cajun music and cookery and an exhibition of Harley Davidson motorbikes. This eclecticism continues unabated from today, with a show by leading American artists and metalsmiths Rachelle Thiewes and Harriete Estel Berman. Both women work primarily in silver - in common with the rest of the "Metalanguage" exhibitors - and use the material to express complementary concerns. Thiewes, from Minnesota, is concerned with bodily adornment, while Pennsylvania- born Berman uses customised domestic appliances to express ironically the place of women in American society (see right). In short it's a fine chance to catch sight of some shining lights of American art - metal gurus, if you like.

The Weasel:

Spotting the steaming ladle poised in her hand, I deemed it wise to avoid any criticism

GLOBAL MYTHS NO 6

Another story from the travellers' grapevine

Leader: Spare this woman of God, and spare everybody

Why do Americans have their doubts about executing Karla Faye Tucker by lethal injection at midnight tomorrow? Is it because she had been provoked beyond endurance by the man she killed, who used to park his Harley Davidson in her front room? No. Not even the fact that the motorbike leaked oil, making a terrible mess of the carpet, was grounds for pleading justifiable homicide. Even in America, where McDonald's can be sued for making its coffee hot and therefore dangerous when held between the knees while driving.

Essentials with Janet Knight: Harley-Davidson

The Time: now, until 26 April

I don't know much about art, but I know how to bike

While mainly associated with Hell's Angels, 'Easy Rider' and the endless open road, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle has also been a platform for wild creativity, as Serena Mackesy discovers at the Barbican.

Leather Forever!

Each year 200,000 motorcyclists invade the small town of Sturgis, South Dakota. As the Barbican prepares to celebrate 'The Art of the Harley', our reporter finds out what life is like among the bikers
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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones