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Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

Mellor scorns `pyrrhic victory' on hand-guns

David Mellor, the former Home Office minister, led four Conservative rebel MPs last night in mounting a powerful attack on the Government's refusal to ban all handguns.

Cover Story: Flush Brush Flush!

This mantra to toilet-cleaning has been drummed into generations of debutantes at a posh school in Eastbourne, along with lessons in ironing, bed-making and dusting chairs. But after almost a century, Britain's finishing schools are reeling from social ch

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Handgun ban in sight

An almost complete ban on handguns, including semi-automatic weapons like those used in the Dunblane massacre, will be announced by the government today.

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Obituary: Bruce Lidington

The actor Bruce Lidington packed a full and sadly short life with service to others, both in his work with the Liberal Democrats and, since 1995, as the National Chair of the charity Families Need Fathers, an organisation dedicated to keeping fathers in contact with their children. Had he lived, there is little doubt that he would have become a leading national figure in the field of child welfare.

lazing on a sunny afternoon - or any other come to that

It's 3pm on Thursday. You're hard at work. They're loafing around in a smart cafe. Who are they?

Laugh? We nearly dropped your drawers

Did you hear the one about the removals outfit that sent its workforce on a training course so they could learn to laugh? Everyone was tickled pink. By Andrew G Marshall

Speaker tells MPs to stop cheering leaders

In a clear sign that the Commons is becoming increasingly embarrassed about its "bear garden" image, the Speaker Betty Boothroyd yesterday ordered MPs to end the practice of cheering the entry to the chamber of John Major and Tony Blair for Question Time.

There ain't nothing like a Dame disturbed

She doesn't know it, but for some time now I have been carrying a torch for Dame Peggy Fenner. Twice a week, instead of attending to the mundane and drab business of argument about how the country is being run, I look down from my eyrie in the press gallery and watch her.

Letter: Arrest me

Sir: A spectator at a football match has been found guilty of using "threatening words and behaviour" for swearing and gesticulating at a Manchester United player (report, 3 May). I hope the legal system is able to cope with the workload which will follow this precedent. I await a visit from the authorities while asking for 3,264 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Birth-error boy awarded pounds 800,000

A five-year-old boy who functions at the level of a three-month- old baby after a devastating introduction to life was yesterday awarded pounds 799,787 agreed High Court damages.

Letter: Leap-year bug

Sir: The suggested solution to the Millennium Bug, deducting 50 from the year (letter, 20 April), will put the computer user out of step with the sequence of leap years. Alignment can be restored by deducting 28 or 56 instead. Another illustration of the problems that can be caused by oversimplified fixes.

LETTER : BSE: science is doing all it can

Sir: The response from scientists and laymen to your leading article on BSE and science reminds me of the comment of that great cynic George Bernard Shaw: "Science is always wrong; it never solved a problem without creating ten more."

Alford enlivens quiet night at Rushden

Non-League notebook The two most valuable strikers in the non-League game enhanced their reputations with a goal each in the England semi-professional side's 3- 1 victory over the Netherlands at Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday.
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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

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Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

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