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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.

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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.

Historical Notes: Prime minister in West End Scandal shock

ON 18 October 1889, the Tory prime minister, Lord Salisbury, met Sir Dighton Probyn VC, the Prince of Wales's Comptroller and Treasurer, in a private waiting room at King's Cross station before his 7pm train left, and warned him that Major the Lord Arthur Somerset, Extra Equerry to the Prince of Wales's eldest son, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, was about to be arrested for gross indecency for his "lewd conduct" at a male brothel at 19 Cleveland Street, north of Soho.

Angels to aid police

THE GUARDIAN ANGELS are aiming to join forces with the Metropolitan police in the battle against drug dealing, mugging and prostitution around King's Cross, writes Hal Austin.

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.

Books: An Aesop's fable from the dead zone

The Nudist Colony

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?"

Flying Scotsman back on track

WITH 250 passengers on board, paying pounds 350 for the privilege, the world's most famous steam locomotive was back in use yesterday. After a pounds 1m refit, the Flying Scotsman travelled from King's Cross, London, to York. Tony Marchington, the owner of the train, said he could have sold the tickets three times over, such was the enthusiasm for the outing.

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
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