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"I must go to bed now as we have an early start in the morning," wrote 12-year-old Joyce Henderson in her diary on 31 Aug 1939. "Tomorrow, I become an evacuee and it's all because of something called war."

The Diary: Now it's the whites who feel put upon in Johannesburg

Jogging behind my dog in Emmerentia Park in Johannesburg early in the morning, I am ambushed by three police officers. They suddenly materialise at the top of the slope we are panting our way up, their hands raised, demanding we stop. It seems Zola - a cross between a Dobermann, a Labrador and a Pointer, and named after Chelsea's heroic playmaker - has beeped on their radar. Out of breath, I ask if the dog was speeding. No, they reply gravely, but you have taken him into an area of the park reserved for ducks and other wild animals. I apologise and lumber off.

Adie leads challenge to BBC cuts

SOME OF the BBC's most famous foreign correspondents are spearheading a campaign to stop the corporation making cuts which, they say, will "threaten the BBC's voice and standing in the world".

Why landlord is a dirty word

Property owners are afraid to rent, and tenants are the ones losing out. We need to put our house in order. By Miriam Addison

The politics of the BBC (Ben Bradshaw, Candidate)

Busy electioneering, on full pay. Standing for Labour and openly gay. Prepare for the usual flak, and more besides.

Just what the doctor would have ordered

The Beastly British Cowards have done it again. Beeb bosses have caved in to Tory pressure even before the party chairman, Dr Brian Mawhinney, can toll them (that's how it comes out in his Ulster brogue) who should cover the party leaders at election time.


Jeremy Vine First came to prominence on Radio 4's Today, where his dramatic reports on anything from Aids research to the decline of the British pop single were far more likely to make listeners sit up and take notice than Rabbi Lionel Blue. An inevitable transfer to television followed. Has latterly been employing his ironic approach to politics with sufficiently exemplary results. It is not only the christian name that makes many believe he's the next Paxman.

Runners line up in race for the Redhead slot: One of Britain's top broadcasters is leaving Radio 4's Today. Simon O'Hagan pays tribute - and asks who will replace him

IT'S AN impossible beard to follow, if not an impossible act. Brian Redhead is leaving Radio 4's Today programme. Despite being as dedicated a radio man as you could find, his Old Testament face, and most apt of surnames, are as familiar as many a television personality's. The hunt is on for a successor of equal stature.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
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

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London