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The new drive means a total of 50 UTCs have now been approved

Conservatoire students are taking their music into the community

The contrast could not be more pronounced. On one bank of the Thames, the Isle of Dogs: the face of modern Britain, with multiple ethnic groups and its share of inner-city problems. On the opposite bank, Trinity College of Music, divinely housed in old-world imperial splendour at the Old Naval College in Greenwich.

Leading article: A fat load of good

People don't want to live in a nanny state. Thus spake the Prime Minister during a previous discussion about obesity, when it was alleged that his advisers wanted to impose a "fat tax" on supposedly unhealthy foods. He was right, but unfortunately his ministers have been over-zealous in their desire to be seen to be doing something about childhood obesity. Theirs is not an ignoble motivation. Of course, as Tony Blair said, it is not the Government's job to make people thin, but equally the state has a responsibility to give people the information they need to keep themselves, and their children, healthy. Health education campaigns backed by legislation can work wonders without intruding on people's liberties. Even before the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces comes into effect next year, smoking was in decline.

Miles Kington: French titles give me the yellow dog blues

"L'Education Sentimentale translates as 'Sentimental Education. But it's not that at all

Battle lines drawn for the game's ultimate mismatch

Manchester United have Old Trafford, Bobby Charlton and Angus Deayton. Millwall have the New Den, Barry Kitchener and Mo from EastEnders. Nick Harris assesses today's final opponents in Cardiff

Overview: Buyers must double-check the details when buying a home off-plan

The idea of signing on the dotted line for a home that is nothing more than a drawing now holds few fears for buyers.

Docklands: full of Eastern promise

Canary Wharf is now too expensive for many buyers, but new developments are pushing the frontier of Docklands ever further, says Penny Jackson

So why do you want to be a mayor, Mr Dobson?

`The selection panel will be daft, so the candidates should tell the same lies as anyone going for a job'

Property: River of many returns

The Thames has been reborn as a vital part of the capital.

Letter: Thames tamed

Letter:

Property Hot Spot: The Isle of Dogs: Back from the dogs

London's Docklands have turned full circle: from heart of the shipping Empire, to no man's land, to thriving commercial and residential centre

Outlook: EdF and Sweb

WHETHER YOU live on the Isle of Dogs or the Isles of Scilly, it is impossible to escape the French these days. Electricite de France's purchase of the Sweb supply business yesterday adds Harold Wilson's favourite holiday spot to its ever-expanding portfolio. This already included two million households in the London area and now there are another 1.3 million homes in south-west England who will be warming their baguettes with French power.

Travel China: Trails of the Unexpected ...

... through the Chinese quarter of London's docks

People and Business: Best of Britton

RICHARD BRITTON started out as a poacher, then turned statutory gamekeeper and is now about to become a self-regulatory gamekeeper.

DUNCAN McLAREN

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