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Manchester’s Chorlton along with Herne Hill, Muswell Hill and Dagenham in London are some of the worst afflicted areas while Mossley Hill and Waterloo in Liverpool also feature prominently

Show People: Behind a Donkey's tale: Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

FORGET French and Saunders, forget Baddiel and Skinner. The funniest double act in television don't even appear on the screen. Andy Hamilton, 40, and Guy Jenkin, 39, are the duo who write and produce Drop the Dead Donkey. In three series since 1990, this has established itself as the sharpest sitcom made in Britain. It's a single-handed rebuttal of the Jeremiahs who wail that Britcoms are in the doldrums. It has rescued the sitcom from three-piece-suite hell.

Stadium recaptures glory days

London's only surviving velodrome, a celebrated relic of the 1948 Olympics, is regaining some of its former glory and preparing for a dynamic future.

Killer from the lonely hearts page gets life sentence

A MENTALLY ill man who battered to death a female doctor after answering her lonely hearts advertisement was jailed for life at the Old Bailey yesterday.

A game of solitaire: It's widely assumed that the lonely intellectual heroines of Anita Brookner's novels are based on herself; that she's an unhappy spinster, a victim of circumstance. She puts the record straight

'IT'S WRITTEN in tablets of stone now, isn't it,' says Anita Brookner, with quiet exasperation. 'It' is the idea that she writes the same novel over and over, and that its heroine - sad, solitudinous, dowdy, virginal - is a description of herself. In her own mind, she creates different stories with different characters, but still there's the assumption that these reveal her own character, her own story - that of a genteel Miss Lonelyhearts. 'I feel I could get into the Guinness Book of Records as the world's loneliest, most miserable woman,' she said in the year she won the Booker Prize with Hotel du Lac. And 10 years on, she's still up against an image problem.

Law Report: No compensation for child sex abuse: Regina v Home Secretary and Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, ex parte P and another - Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Neill, Lord Justice Evans and Lord Justice Peter Gibson) 4 May 1994

The decision by the Home Secretary, when revising the scope of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, to continue to exclude claims by the victims of offences by other persons living in the same household prior to the date of the scheme's revision, was susceptible to judicial review but was not, upon such review, found to be irrational.

Cycling: Obree finds ecstasy after stuttering start: Scot and his home-made bike nearly make early exit. Robin Nicholl reports

THE presence of Graeme Obree drew the biggest crowd at the Herne Hill track for 22 years yesterday, but the world champion came within inches of a quick exit before more than 2,500 spectators whipped by hail, rain and a blustery wind.

Cycling: Obree bringing it all back home: Scottish world champion makes return to Herne Hill

GRAEME OBREE returns today to the Herne Hill track where he began his climb to world domination. After stunning the sport with his achievements over the last 10 months, the Ayr-born world 4,000 metres pursuit champion will ride on the wind-swept south London track that is a corner of British cycling history.

Law Report: Journalist need not reveal source: Broadmoor Hospital v Hyde: Queen's Bench Division (Sir Peter Pain) - 3 March 1994

In considering whether it was 'necessary in the interests of justice', within the meaning of section 10 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, to require a journalist to reveal the source of a leaked confidential report, the court could take into account whether or not the organisation seeking the order had first made any inquiries or attempted on its own behalf to discover the source of the leak.

Train derailed

A locomotive and four carriages were derailed when two trains collided near Herne Hill station, south-east London.

Dilemma: Should Dr Jekyll be invited to the party?

When Miranda asked whether it was possible to drop a good friend from her party guest list because she couldn't bear to invite her drunken husband too, she added those sad little words 'without hurting her feelings'.

New peers

The following is a list of recently created peers with their titles as gazetted:

Female GP is found battered to death

A DOCTOR was found battered to death outside her flat yesterday.

Cycling: Rivals unseat record holders

CHRIS BOARDMAN and Graeme Obree, British cycling's men of the hour, were feted and beaten all in an afternoon on the final day of the British Track Championships at Leicester.

Sports Letters: Booting out football

Sir: I would like to point out an error printed in your cycling article (9 April). Namely, that we have never advocated, nor would we want football to be 'booted out' of Herne Hill Stadium. The grassed area inside the track is of no use whatsoever to cyclists and we cannot see why our two sports should not enjoy the facility in tandem. It seems your article was based solely on an interview with Graham Bristow, and without reference to any other users, or indeed the landlords, Southwark Council. Mr Bristow talks of an abundance of football pitches. This may be true, but not of the standard offered at Herne Hill.

Cycling: All chained up and nowhere to go as the rain beats the riders at Herne Hill's reopening

The weather put a spoke in the wheel of yesterday's meeting to launch the new track at Herne Hill velodrome in south London. It will be restaged on 29 May.
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