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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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