Actor is the third 'Marlboro man' to die from a smoking-related illness

First Night, The Streets Apollo, Manchester

Once the Barrett Home Laureate, Skinner is now a canny contender

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A Grand Don't Come for Free, 679 / Locked On

The Streets, Astoria, London

Return of the original pirate

You ask the questions

(Such as: Kermit, what kind of offspring could you envisage having with Miss Piggy? And how do you get to Sesame Street?)

City rioters `caused pounds 1.4m of damage'

A "FRIGHTENING" mob armed with scaffolding poles and iron bars caused pounds 1.4m damage, laying waste part of one of the City of London's "bastions of modern commerce", Southwark Crown Court was told yesterday.

I was a teenage pop star

You know him as the conscience of the BBC, the man who reports from the world's grimmest trouble spots. But there is another Fergal Keane: a lad with a guitar who once rocked the village halls of Cork

Travel: The Streets That Made The Century14: PARK LANE, LONDON

THAT MAYFAIR and Park Lane are well known points in the geography of London has more to do with 20th-century make-believe than with any historical event. Once little more than wealthy residential areas, they have survived, in real life as in Monopoly, as a metaphor for luxury.

The Streets That Made The Century


The Streets That Made The Century: 15: Wenceslas Square, Prague

MORE A wide boulevard than a civic space - despite its name - Wenceslas Square is long and thin: a strip of land, described by one modern Czech writer as a "long, precarious noodle". It slopes gently uphill from the streets that form the boundary of the old town, Narodny, Na Prikope and Revolucni, to the National Museum, built in the early 19th century on the site of the Horse Gate, once part of Prague's fortifications.

Travel: The Streets That Made The Century 17: Carnaby Street, London

WALK DOWN the pedestrianised lane in London W1 that links Beak Street with Great Marlborough Street, and there is nothing to remind you that this was once the most fashionable street in the trendiest city in the whole world.

The Streets That Made The Century: 19: Champs Elysees

The Independent Traveller is counting down to the end of the year by featuring the 20 greatest streets of the 20th century. Today, the most celebrated thoroughfare in Paris.
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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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