Letter: Design referendum

Sir: Re: Independent redesign. Yes, yes.

LETTER: BT's changing pattern of calls

Sir: Friends & Family is BT's free scheme which provides a 10 per cent discount on all calls to up to 10 telephone numbers selected by the customer (Letters, 2 September). These numbers are not changed without the customer's permission.

Letter: Atoning Tories

Tristan Garel-Jones ("Don't fight Labour on the constitution", 4 May) displays an arrogance typical of the Conservative Party when he says the party owes it to the country to make the Tories electable again. The only thing the party owes to the country is apologies for the devastation it has caused. The disadvantage of this is the possible rise of a fanatic who could lead the party to its destruction; then again that would probably be a good thing.

Letter: When Easter visitors drop in

Sir: I was puzzled as to why the local Sainsbury's store at Apsley Mills should want to open for 24 hours on Easter Thursday, which is 4 April. I found that they really meant Maundy Thursday, 27 March. This is one more example of how the secularisation of this country is destroying our family and cultural fabric.

Activists keep faith in Tory recovery

The closest Tory loyalists could come to defeatism yesterday was to talk in hushed tones about the possibility of a hung result in the May election; with no overall majority in the Commons for John Major.

COMEDY With James Rampton

Owen O'Neill's `Shouting from the Scaffold' is at the Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead (01442 242287) tonight and Warwick Arts Centre (01203 523734) on 24 April. Owen O'Neill is also appearing in the `Best of Irish Night' at the Comedy Store, London (0171-344 4444) on St Patrick's Day, 17 Mar

Letter: Don't forget the other 'cadets'

Letter: Don't forget the other 'cadets'

Behind the net curtains lived a sad and lonely woman whose cry for help was to abandon the child she loved

A portrait of a lonely, desperate mother who could no longer cope emerged yesterday as police continued their search for Julie Lane, who left her four-year-old child beneath a bush in a park in Bournemouth, Dorset, earlier this week.

Briefly : Wigan wobble in Paris

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LETTERS: Sport in question

Sir: What is this rubbish about exercise making children happy (report, 28 June)? My happiest moment at school was sussing out how to avoid games. I realised that it is almost impossible to force an adolescent to take part in games - what sanctions do you impose on someone who prefers to be kept in working?

Royals flush with lottery cash


Letter: Pure Tyndale

YOUR comparison of seven Bibles, fascinating though it is, misses a vital point ("And the Word took on new meanings", 21 January). Though you note that Tyndale was the first to translate Hebrew into English, you deny him his Old Testament translation from Hebrew. Thus your "In the beginning ..." verse came originally from Tyndale himself. Your empty box should have had this: "In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the deep, and the spirit of God moved upon the water."

Oldham keep Goodway

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Naming names leaves locals lost


Rail sale 'added to coast line chaos'

THOUSANDS of train passengers who suffered lengthy delays when a tractor crashed onto the West Coast main line would not have had to wait so long had it not been for rail privatisation, a former British Rail station manager has confirmed.
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Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister

Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

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George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album