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Iswear there is no ear so acute in the world of broadcasting than that of the Radio 4 listener. It can tell at a hundred paces the difference between Charlotte Green and Corrie Corfield. It winces when a new continuity announcer mispronounces Shula, because he is plainly not a follower of The Archers. It mourns when the magisterial Peter Jefferson is sacked from the Shipping Forecast after issuing an expletive because who cares about a curse, when a secular prayer is at stake? The most recent issue to anguish listeners is an alleged lightening in the tone of the current affairs programmes, Today and PM. Some have detected an increase in whimsy from Eddie Mair, and an outbreak of giggling by Sarah Montague. Does this betray a hidden agenda to make the network more "relevant"? Has the hated cult of youth returned?

Piers Merchant

The extra-marital activities of Piers Merchant were not, in my opinion, the sum of the man, as your obituary (3 October) implied, writes Marilyn Duncombe. Mr Merchant was, in a short time, an exceptional local MP, and, I say this, as someone who has never voted Conservative. One of the first things he did when he was elected, was to send all the teenagers approaching the age of 18 a questionnaire, aiming to find out their views on various subjects. As a parent of two adolescents I found this impressive.

The Other Notting Hill, Radio 2

A bit of smirking from Hugh Grant and bang goes the neighbourhood

Husband in Britain's longest married couple dies aged 101

One half of Britain's longest married couple has died, a nursing home confirmed today.

The Complaints, By Ian Rankin

Slipping between the pages of an Ian Rankin novel is like pulling on a comfortable old jacket. But rather than the crumpled cigarette packet or empty quarter of single malt one might expect to find in the pockets, in The Complaints it's more likely to be a can of Irn Bru and a salad roll. This is the first novel to feature Malcolm Fox, a very different kind of policeman to Rankin's famously hard-living and much-loved John Rebus.

Doctor accused of giving patient overdose of painkillers

A terminally ill patient could have died from an alleged overdose given by an out-of-hours GP, a disciplinary hearing was told today.

Ronnie Biggs moving to 'his final home'

Ronnie Biggs will be moved from his hospital bed to a nursing home today, a spokesman said.

Jack Straw makes sick Ronnie Biggs a free man

The Great Train Robber was today granted "compassionate release" from his prison sentence, the Justice Secretary announced.

Care home row man banned from visiting wife

An investigation was under way today after a retired soldier alleged to have assaulted a care home worker was banned from seeing his elderly wife.

Foreign Legion officer's blunder starts Marseilles blaze

Tracer bullets from a Foreign Legion exercise ignited a huge scrub fire which spread to the outskirts of the city of Marseilles yesterday, destroying a house and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of others.

Nine missing after Japan's killer floods

Hundreds of police, soldiers and rescue workers searched today for nine people missing after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in southern Japan. Eight people, including elderly residents of a nursing home, have been killed.

Six killed in torrential downpour

Torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in southern Japan, leaving at least six people dead and 10 others missing, including elderly residents at a nursing home, officials said today.

Dreams of Violence, Soho Theatre, London

Hildy has a lot on her plate: mum's an alcoholic, dad's in a nursing home, son's a drug addict, and husband's an adulterer. On top of that, she wants to clean up greed and is remodelling her heyday in the "women against pit closures" campaign in order to mobilise women against bankers.

Home/The Apple Cart, Theatre Royal, Bath

If nothing else, the Peter Hall Company summer season in Bath is refocusing the repertoire in regional theatre like no other current enterprise. And in offering first Rattigan and now David Storey and Bernard Shaw, it's certainly covering the waterfront.

Last survivor of ‘Titanic’ dies in nursing home

The last surviving passenger on the Titanic has died at the age of 97. At just nine weeks old, Milvina Dean was the youngest passenger on board the liner when it sank in 1912.

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