THEATRE / Edge of darkness, or Bleasdale's apocalypse now: On the Ledge - Playhouse, Nottingham; On the Piste - Garrick; Karenina - Tricycle; Coaldust Affair - Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

A LADY from Manchester writes to reprove me for trashing the phrase 'community theatre': a form, she says, that 'attempts to make a difference in our increasingly unequal society'. I hope she sees Alan Bleasdale's On the Ledge, in which a friendly neighbourhood fireman, hoisted above a blazing council estate, declares, 'I'll kill anyone who mentions the word 'community]' '

Letter: Labour: the rebels without a clause

DONALD MACINTYRE is wrong to say that the annual membership cards of the Labour Party have included an excerpt from clause IV of the party constitution since 1918. ('Time to ask what's this clause IV', 21 February).

Basketball: Bears show title appetite

THE SIGHT of Alan Cunningham, their player-coach, collecting a split lip from Trevor Gordon's elbow inspired Worthing Bears to a second-half recovery on Saturday night to defeat Guildford Kings 100-91 in front of a capacity crowd at Worthing Sports Centre.

Basketball: Royals in less than regal show

LAST season Andy Gill coached Thames Valley Tigers and saw them finish runners-up behind Guildford Kings. This season Tigers lead the Carlsberg League, have won the WICB title and on Saturday night paraded the NatWest Trophy before their First Division game against Gill's new club, Hemel Hempstead Royals, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball: Jets' chance to rise

A SPECTACULAR bench clearance by players from Thames Valley Tigers and Leicester City Riders has given Cheshire Jets a chance to continue their climb in the First Division of the Carlsberg National League. The English Basket Ball Association has ordered Leicester to replay their league game against the Jets, which they originally won 100-78 on 3 January, and without the prolific John Tresvant, writes Duncan Hooper.

Hockey: Double delight for Sixsmith

JANE SIXSMITH'S delight on Monday at becoming the first hockey player to feature in the Sports Writers' Personality of the Year awards was increased yesterday at the draw for the fourth round of the AEWHA Cup. She finished third behind Sally Gunnell and Laura Davis for the Sportswomen of the Year title, and in the Cup, the team she captains, First Personnel Sutton Coldfield, have drawn Second Division opposition in the form of Bracknell.

Basketball: Kings are killed off by Tigers

MICK BETT, the Thames Valley coach, was impressed by the way his players removed the champions Guildford Kings from the First Division title race on Saturday night, but unimpressed by talk that the Tigers will go on to lift the Carlsberg League championship, writes Duncan Hooper.

Basketball: Bears' big break

TWO defeats and a broken hand for conductor-in-chief Alton Byrd added up to an unhappy 48 hours for Guildford Kings. Worthing Bears caught the champions while they were down, following Thursday's elimination from the European Clubs Championship, and, on Saturday night, handed them their first league defeat of the season.

CHILDREN / 'At school I used to scream, now I laugh': He didn't see why he had to count buckets: why not just numbers?

'I hate school. I liked the pink custard and quiche. But I hated the disgraceful noise. The maths was far too easy. I had to count BUCKETS] Another boy bullied me all the time. He made me close my eyes and then he'd punch me in the face. He told lies. He was jealous of me because I could do the work and he couldn't. I was four and he was six and a half.'

Knife attack

(First Edition)
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?