Arts and Entertainment Damien Hirst,

Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

British children 'running to fat'

British children 'running to fat'

LETTER:Home comfort

From Ms Susannah Clasen

Letter: Professionals for peace of mind

From Mrs R. D. Docherty

LETTER : Children for hire

From Mr J. Tippler

LETTER: Unpredictability of Down's handicaps

From The Rev John Hartley

My family and other agonies

STEP BY WICKED STEP Anne Fine Hamish Hamilton £9.99

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Letter: Children should not be named

I AM not averse to the plight of children affected by sudden death being made public ('The night the bad men came and killed my daddy', 23 October).

Verdict near in strangled-baby trial

Claude Michaud, who is accused of strangling two women and a baby of 18 months, arriving at a court in Nice yesterday on the fourth and last day of his murder trial. Michaud has already been jailed for 15 years for a separate killing.

Metromania: In thing: The Beano

Everyone knows the Beano - especially the boys at Viz, who have made a nice living with rip-offs-cum-parodies-cum-tributes to Dennis the Menace and the Bash Street Kids. The comic's formula is still popular, judging by its hefty quarter-of-a-million weekly circulation, so it is little wonder that it works equally well on video. Out today, the Beano Videostars (pounds 9.99) is a collection of menacing mayhem which stars Minnie the Minx and all your other favourites, running riot for an hour. As adults, grandparents and children alike are likely to get plugged in (the last Beano video sold more than 20,000 copies) this is something which really is 'family viewing'.

Will Aid returns

Will Aid returns in November. Solicitors will write simple wills for a charity donation - pounds 35 is suggested. Call the TSB sponsored Will Aid helpline for details of local solicitors taking part on 091-417 6688. Money will be passed to Actionaid, Cafod, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and Sciaf.

Triple shooting

AN RUC constable was being questioned after his wife and two children, a boy of 13 and a girl aged 11, were shot dead at their home at Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Any colour, so long as it's white: Correction

Apology

Half of all nurseries 'offer poor care'

HALF of Britain's day nurseries provide poor or mediocre standards of care, a new survey claimed today.

Shift workers lack help with child care

ONLY 1 IN 50 shift workers receives help with child care costs from his or her employer, according to a report published today, writes Graham Moorby.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment