Stardust memories

Suzi Quatro is ready to Can the Can, The Rubettes are in their (washable) berets, and Alvin Stardust is Coo-ca-Chooing to anyone who will listen ... Richard Johnson hits the road with Glitz, Blitz & 70s Hitz. Photographs by Philip Sinden

Arts: Laughter in the dark

Bruce Morton wants to share his adolescence with you. Don't panic: he's funny.

Comedy: Gig Of The Week - John Shuttleworth

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Sports letter: Good luck to Smith

Sir: What a delight to see Steve Smith back in training after his injury (14 January). Like most field athletes, his hard work and dedication go largely unrecognised. But throughout his period of recovery he has maintained his Liverpool humour and kept a positive outlook. Here's hoping the 2000 Olympics in Sydney will reward all his years of hard work.

Rugby League: Six new teams join the Conference

THE RUGBY LEAGUE Conference, one of the game's success stories in its first full season last year, has expanded by six new clubs for 1999. The competition, based outside the code's traditional areas, will consist of 20 teams this year, with clubs in Crewe, Derby, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Nottingham and Wolverhampton joining in. Two more, from Coventry and Newmarket, have been put on hold until next year.

Letter: A seasonal saving

Sir: An article by Janet Fricker on your Home Life page ("A little list and a lot of bother", 15 November) has just saved us well over pounds 2,000.

The Sketch: MPs try to slip the leash, but Speaker keeps them muzzled

"SEVERAL OF my right honourable members have told me that I was courageous to put this question down," said Tony McWalter, the Labour/Co- operative MP for Hemel Hempstead, rounding off an inquiry about Freemasons in the police. "Did the Home Secretary understand," he said, that such secretive groups were "capable of precipitating real fear?"

Obituary: Sheila Smith

YOU ALWAYS knew where you were with Sheila Smith. A tiny woman with a pronounced limp, she was a convinced trade unionist, feminist and someone who made her views crystal clear.

Letters: BRIEFLY

WHEN I read the phrase "morals of the underclass" in your letters page (4 October) I wondered if I was now completely out of touch after 14 years abroad. Is no one else shocked, or is this what to expect under New Labour - New Snobs?

Letter: Cold meteorites

Sir: Charles Arthur ("Search for Greenland's thunderbolt", 16 December) perpetuates a popular misconception when he states that "On landing [a meteorite] would be incredibly hot, and melt its way through the icecap". Meteorites are cold when they land. Hence they preserve a record of their history in space.

Fears for UK jobs as Kodak takes axe to 16,000

Kodak, the US photographic giant, yesterday stunned its workforce by announcing plans to cut another 6,600 jobs, on top of 10,000 already announced last month, in a $1.5bn (pounds 915m) restructuring drive.

Lone Parents: Blair savaged as MPs defend the 'betrayed'

The Prime Minister was confronted by Labour backbench anger over the cuts in benefits for lone parents at Question Time. Colin Brown, Chief, Political Correspondent, says a string of Labour MPs risked the wrath of the whips in speaking out against the Government.

Theatre: The road to hell is paved with good intentions, all the way from Thessaloniki Climbing back down into Orpheus's Underworld and finding light

A lost play by Euripides has been brought back to life by Kenneth McLeish. Robert Hanks talks to Nick Philippou, artistic director of the Actors Touring Company, about his efforts to resurrect ancient myths for today.

Health: `Depression lifted and I could cope'

Jackie Rossington, aged 44, she has been on HRT for seven years, since having a hysterectomy in her 30s. "For me six extra cases of cancer in women who have been on HRT for 10 years is still six too many," she said.

Comedy: McPhail at your peril

She's loud, proud and dangerous to heckle, Donna McPhail eats hostile audience members for breakfast - with the initials DM, she's well-equipped to give troublemakers a verbal kicking to remember
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness