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Owner of largest firm in the North East of England concedes move is 'morally wrong' but he says had no choice but to act after local authority warns operators over charging disabled passengers extra

The Temp

The curtain dividing us from club class parts, and the sound of 20 pairs of lungs singing "Wonderwall" becomes almost unbearable. Barry Jones makes his way sweatily down to me. "'Scuse me, love," he says. "But they say they've run out of champagne. Thought this was meant to be a first-class trip".

Football: France go-ahead for ticketless fans

THE Football Supporters' Association yesterday rejected the Government's advice for supporters not to travel to the World Cup finals in France without a ticket. The Government had warned fans not to travel if they did not have a valid ticket from either the Football Association or through the telephone hotline.

Indonesia crisis: Heartbreaking destruction of the city I love

David Foll, a writer and teacher who lived in Java, writes of his anxiety for a people and a country he came to love

SA battles to halt Easter car carnage

A SOUTH AFRICAN Easter weekend means just one thing: carnage on the roads. Last Easter 308 people died in 221 accidents in a five-day period. This year Arrive Alive, a government road safety offensive which achieved startling improvements over Christmas, South Africa's other carnage festival, is being put to its severest test.

Bus attacked

Police are hunting two youths who dropped a lump of concrete from a footbridge on to a minibus carrying a family with three young children in the back.

Winter Olympics: `Help,' the sign read. `We are being kidnapped by our driver!'

MIKE ROWBOTTOM ON THE JOYS OF JAPANESE PROTOCOL

Putting the horse before the car

Learning to ride isn't easy,

Motoring: Onwards and upwards with Suzuki

As in buildings, so in cars. If horizontal space is tight, grow upwards instead. This is not to say that the Suzuki Wagon R+, conceived for Japanese cities but now available here, is a mobile skyscraper. As John Simister writes, it is merely a small car which feels much bigger, thanks to its lofty build.

Book of the week: Left footsore by these tackles and shackles

Left Foot In The Grave? A View From The Bottom Of The Football League By Garry Nelson (CollinsWillow, hardback, pounds 14.99)

Lorry runs down four sisters

A 10-year-old girl was killed and her three sisters were injured yesterday when they were struck by a roadsweeping lorry on a pedestrian crossing. Police named the dead girl as Stephanie Popat. Three-year- old Selina Shaw was being treated for facial injuries. Natalie Popat, 13, had a suspected fractured skull and facial injuries and Marie McCormack, 19, had head injuries, a broken shoulder and grazes to her face.

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A nuclear family outing

Give your kids a warm glow, and take a trip to Sizewell, writes Emma Haughton.

4 killed as minibus collides with lorry

Four people were killed and 10 injured yesterday when a mini-bus carrying mentally handicapped adults collided with a lorry that had crashed into a railway bridge. Another two people died in a separate accident involving two lorries and a car on the M62.

Parents take seatbelt campaign to Europe

Campaigners for improved safety on school coaches and minibuses are to seek European Commission backing in an attempt to get international action on seatbelt standards. As it was confirmed yesterday that the French coach which crashed on Monday killing three British teenagers had no seatbelts, Pat Harris, of the Belt Up School Kids (Busk) campaign, said parents needed to know that their children were secure when they went abroad.

Law report: CASE SUMMARIES v 21 April 1997

The following notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Reports.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform