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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.

Tube fares hike adds to strike woes

Visual arts: Final departure from King's Cross?

The artist-run Cubbitt, a rare free spirit among galleries and a nursery of talent, is under threat.

King's Cross vice defies the cameras

BRITAIN'S MOST expensive and well-publicised crackdown on drug- induced crime is failing. A report drawn up by Camden council in north London admits that prostitution has increased and street crime has soared around the notorious King's Cross station area.

Letter: Chariot on the A5

Sir: Queen Boudicca is as likely to have died at King's Cross "waiting for a train to Royston" (Historical Notes, 15 July, letters, 27, 28 July) as to lie buried beneath any of its platforms. Douglas Greenwood rehearses the commonly held myth of an imagined battle at "King's Cross", probably dreamed up by Victorian antiquarians.

Letter: Boadicea's platform

Sir: Not wishing to join the debate about which particular platform at King's Cross the bones of Boadicea rest beneath (letter, 27 July), we can all be confident that too many old chariots appear above.

Historical Notes: Boadicea's bones under Platform 10

TAKING A photograph of the drab old Platform 10 at King's Cross station, I told a quick-witted chap that Boadicea's bones lay buried under it. He quipped, "Did she die waiting for a train to Royston?"

Family Affair: Kid sister who calls me mum

Melanie and Vicky Charlesworth are sisters. Melanie, 23, is also 14-year-old Vicky's legal foster-mother. They live in Holloway, London, with Melanie's 18-month-old son Tashan

Family Affair: We fled to the woods to safety

Durim Kadiu, 18, and his cousin Tahir Selmani, 13, were

Arsenal pitches for King's Cross

Football club believed to have bought an option on derelict central London site to build new stadium

Victim left with fear of blacks awarded pounds 600,000

AN ASIAN man who developed a paranoid fear of black people after he was viciously attacked was yesterday awarded nearly pounds 600,000 in damages and told to go and live in a place where there are no blacks.

Travel UK: Such success, opulence and perfection!

So, do architects really live in minimalist houses that are a homage to chrome? Well, some of them do, as Peter Conchie discovered on a new London tour

Prostitute dies of overdose - at 13

ALIYAH ISMAIL was a homeless prostitute, hooked on methadone, desperate for money and exploited by dozens of men. She died of a drugs overdose, alone on a threadbare blanket in a derelict building in the red light district of King's Cross. She was just 13 years old.
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