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Interview: Ray Winstone: `Everyone thinks they're a goodie - even Hitler did'

From vicious thug in `Scum' to vicious wife-beater in `Ladybird, Ladybird' to vicious crook in `Face' - Ray Winstone is the hard man of British cinema. His latest film, `Nil by Mouth', casts him true to form but, he tells Ryan Gilbey, he's dying to play a nice guy


A few weeks ago, the rail industry was reported to have implemented a new code of practice for its drivers. Under the new rules, drivers may accrue varying numbers of penalty points for a wide range of faults. Any driver with more than 15 points on his record is considered a class A risk, and 30 points qualifies him for an interview by his manager and possible dismissal. It is the nature of the offences, however, that have aroused some adverse comment.

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Cricket: From young Essex man to work ethic man

Stephen Brenkley charts a quarter of a century in the hair-raising exploits of a cricket crusader



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Colette Harris keeps it a secret all winter, but now the sun's out, the sleeves are off, and it's a secret no more: she doesn't shave her armpits

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If we ever went to war with the States, all we'd have to do to spot their spies would be to get everyone to read out the word `Leominster'

Drawn to the truth: Cartoons chart women's battle for equality

The cartoon dates from 1928. "The Parliament of the future", it says, under a picture of an all-female House. If only, the sisters of the Nineties might reply.

Ten ways to spot if your leader is going Loco

Exasperated by President Abdala Bucaram's erratic behaviour and political stunts while the country slid deeper into economic stagnation, Ecuador's Congress voted on Thursday night to remove the President for "mental incapacity".

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daddy, i hardly knew you ...

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