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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.

Afrikaners flock to God and London

KING'S CROSS, London, so often frequented by muggers, prostitutes and drug dealers, is an unlikely home for the beginnings of the second Great Trek of South Africa's chosen people, the Afrikaners.

The wrong side of the tracks

Dana Rubin looks at prospects for the commercial regeneration of King's Cross as the Channel tunnel fast rail link runs into trouble

Cross examination

Like many of the vulnerable people spending cold nights on its pavements and in its doorways, King's Cross has effectively lost its identity. Formerly known as Battle Bridge, its current name refers to a short-lived monument to George IV erected in 1836 at the junction of Gray's Inn Road and Euston Road, but demolished nine years later in a road-widening scheme. Property developers of the time were keen to rename Battle Bridge which had become "a haunt of thieves and murderers" and seized the strange folly as their own, thus ousting the proposed "Boudicea's Cross" (a reference to a battle falsely thought to have been fought here between the warrior queen and the Romans) from underground maps of the future.

St Pancras hotel to reopen in glory

Andrew Tuck on the revival of Gilbert Scott's Gothic pile on the Euston Road

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First Night: Naked aggression

Javier de Frutos is famous for dancing with his kit off, but that's only funny once. As his latest piece, `Grass', shows, he still has a lot more to reveal

Rich home-buyers opt for squalor with a twist

Gritty, urban living - complete with graffiti and discarded syringes - has become a hit with homebuyers, adding value to apartment blocks in neighbourhoods once viewed as the roughest in town.

Straw confirms plans for corporate killing legislation

Government plans for company directors to face charges of "corporate killing" were confirmed yesterday by Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, who said that those whose criminal negligence caused the deaths of innocent people should not escape punishment.

So what if it's old, it's good for the circulation

No 194: NEWS OF THE WORLD

Inside Business: Capital idea attacked

Conferences: Birmingham wants to block a rival centre in London

The tabloids take their slice of the pie

Papers that routinely defiled Diana when she was alive now revile the royals for defiling her memory: amnesia is lucrative

Convention centre setback for dome

A giant grain warehouse could replace the millennium dome as the site of a convention centre for London.

Letter: Next stop

Sir: Paul Vallely's irritation with the tautology in rail companies' announcements - "Your next station stop is Dumfries" - is understandable but misplaced ("A Bennett sketch without the gags", 15 August). The phrasing is surely deliberate, so as to leave nothing to chance. On a recent journey from Newcastle we were told on leaving York that our next scheduled stop was King's Cross, but our next stop was actually when one of the power units developed a defect shortly south of Grantham.

North and South tussle over fate of gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels are becoming to the North-East of England what the Elgin marbles represent to Greece.
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