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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.

Family Affair: We fled to the woods to safety

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

Scotsman is flying back into service

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN is to steam back into business after a three- year, pounds 1m restoration programme, it was announced yesterday.

Clubs: Club Of The Week - The Best Of Times @ bagleys studios

THE BEST OF TIMES @ bagleys studios

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.

Traders in sex slaves face jail

AUSTRALIA IS to introduce jail sentences of up to 25 years to confront a growing trade in sex slaves. The plan follows increasing evidence that young Asian women are being illegally smuggled into the country and forced into prostitution.

Saudi nurse stole cash from patient

A NURSE jailed in Saudi Arabia over the murder of a colleague was found guilty yesterday of stealing from a patient in Britain.

Shrine found to boy missing for 19 years

POLICE HAVE found a secret shrine to a missing boy at the home of an alleged paedophile.

Interiors: A SPACE OF MY OWN

Obsessive collectors, a city's worth of small flats, bereavement, divorce and a fad for minimalism have all contributed to an explosion in demand for places to keep spare clobber. Kate Worsley unlocks the strange and very secret world of mini-storage

Rugby players' ordeal on the streets of Soho

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King's Cross rail plan backed

RAILTRACK'S involvement in the rescue plan for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link was approved overwhelmingly yesterday by the track and signalling group's investors. Railtrack has agreed an option to buy the development rights for the land around London's King Cross and Stratford stations with London & Continental Railways, the consortium behind the rail link.

A perfect fit: designer clothes for the people

MUCH is made of the importance of the British fashion industry and, in particular, the impact some of its stars are having abroad. But what is less well acknowledged is that many of those involved in the business struggle to stay afloat.

Letter: Scots and English

Sir: David Aaronovitch judges the character of a nation - Scotland - on the basis of the views of a single individual who seems to have upset him. If I were to be accosted by a ranting bag-lady in King's Cross, or a National Front skinhead in Deptford, I would not assume that they were representative of the English race.
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Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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