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A green scheme is stalled

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Stephen Cox has been creating sculpture in India for 10 years. Once criticised for neo-colonialism, and attacked by Muslims, he is now feted in New Delhi. By David Cohen

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Lesley Moreland was an ordinary woman from Potter's Bar until the night her daughter Ruth was murdered. For her, the only way to come to terms with her loss was to face the guilty man. But her eventual peace of mind came from a most unlikely source: the letters of a condemned killer in Huntsville Penitentiary, Texas. Report by Rebecca Fowler. Portrait by Kalpesh Lathigra

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No daring, no imagination, just cycle paths

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Stanton Park car park at Postern Hill, Glos (01793 764649) Organised by the Cotswold Fungus group, this is one of a regular round of mushroom hunts throughout the autumn. The foray is followed by a pub lunch at the Jolly Huntsman at Kington St Michael

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Heatwave steams towards the record books

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Who was who in Alice's Wonderland

A new book identifies eminent Victorians such as Darwin and Ruskin as the inspiration for some of Lewis Carroll's exotic characters. Marianne Macdonald reports on the decoding of a classic

Dorrell lines up contenders for millennium cash

Plans to mark the millennium were unveiled yesterday by Stephen Dorrell, the Secretary of State for National Heritage. He announced that 83 applications had been selected by the Millennium Commission for "detailed appraisal" to decide which will be worthy of grants.

City of churches searches for its soul

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Out with the petal patrol

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YOU AND YOUR GARDEN - JANE'S TOP 10 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

1 Choose plants to suit your soil and climate; eg, don't make polythene-lined pockets in chalk gardens so you can grow azaleas. The specific conditions in your garden are what give it its unique character - otherwise all gardens would look the same.

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