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You might assume that the participants in the BBC4 documentary God's Cadets: Joining the Salvation Army would all be classic "lark" types, but there was a greater variety of personality than expected in this 90-minute film. It followed the pious, but not pompous "cadets" who had given up their lives to enter into two years of intensive officer training at the William Booth College in south London.

Here Comes Everybody: The Story of The Pogues, By James Fearnley

The beat of the Irish diaspora, via King's Cross

The ‘ghost bike’ memorial to Min Joo Lee and Emma Foa, who were killed in the area

Cyclists plan blockade of deadly junction

Protesters say Transport for London is doing nothing to tackle the rise in fatal accidents

Man guilty of killing lawyer at Tube station

A man who pushed a leading human rights lawyer in front of a Tube train was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey yesterday.

Tube-push killer cleared of murder

A 35-year-old man who pushed a distinguished lawyer in front of a Tube train was today cleared of murder.

The Ladykillers, Gielgud Theatre, London (5/5)

Honour among thieves? Try telling that to the bunch of oddball crooks who wind up murdering each other in the classic 1955 Ealing comedy The Ladykillers.

Andrew Martin: Prices rise, dining cars close, but the romance of the railway lives on

It's far too easy to moan about our trains. But the clever traveller can still secure comfort – and unmissable views

Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life - in pictures

If you’re a germaphobe, it’s probably best to look away now. A major exhibition at the London-based Wellcome Collection examines the uncleanliness of human life.

Royal Mail to axe 1,700 jobs

Royal Mail is planning to axe 1,700 jobs, including 1,000 managers, and close two mail centres under plans announced tonight.

Drink, Shop & Do looks like someone's front-room but everything is for sale

In a light, high-ceilinged room, vintage floral teacups chink and cucumber finger sandwiches are being served. Although it spans several decades, the décor goes well with the jaunty Andrews Sisters soundtrack – there's a sun-coloured 1960s wooden dresser, kitsch ceramic swans clustered on its shelves, a fringed standard lamp, a 1950s blue sofa, a couple of well-loved velvet armchairs gathered around a teak coffee table – and underneath, a battered box of Scrabble.

7/7 paramedics defended over delay

An ambulance chief today defended paramedics who delayed for 30 minutes going underground to treat the victims of a 7/7 Tube attack.

King's Cross facelift: A peek behind the bandages

Taking a look at the nearly completed redevelopment of one of London's busiest railway stations, Matilda Battersby dons the orange overalls

Helguson forced to cool off after missing hat-trick

Middlesbrough 0 Queen’s Park Rangers 3

The Midland Hotel: 'Without us, this masterpiece would have been lost for ever'

Jane Fawcett, now 89, recalls the 1960s campaign in which she and John Betjeman saved one of the glories of London's Victorian gothic architecture – the soon-to-reopen Midland Hotel

7/7 doctor 'injured in Tube incident days earlier'

A doctor went into the London Underground after the 7/7 bombings despite suffering an electric shock at the same station eight days earlier, the inquest into the attacks heard today.

Protocol stopped firefighters from entering blast station, inquest told

A firefighter called to the 7/7 terror attacks told an inquest how "protocol" forced his team to stand by and watch as horrifically injured passengers emerged from one of the bombed trains.

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