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Manchester’s Chorlton along with Herne Hill, Muswell Hill and Dagenham in London are some of the worst afflicted areas while Mossley Hill and Waterloo in Liverpool also feature prominently

Parents pay price of school success

A battle for places at one of London's most popular comprehensives has reached fever pitch after appeals by 47 families were thrown out.

'Smog' protest over M11

Anti-roads protesters, some of whom climbed on to the roof of Transport Secretary John MacGregor's house in Muswell Hill, north London, earlier this year, yesterday turned their attention to his office.

Minister wakes up to rooftop protest: Eleven people were held after a demonstration at John MacGregor's home. Nicholas Schoon and Steve Boggan report

OPPOSITION to a proposed motorway link in east London was brought home to John MacGregor, the Secretary of State for Transport, yesterday, when eight protesters climbed on the roof of his house in north London and staged a five-hour demonstration.

Letter: Sliced and wrapped

Sir: Your Top 10 Breads chart (Going Out, 2 March) provided an interesting insight into the breads favoured by the consumers of London's Muswell Hill. However, if it was meant to indicate wider preference, it fell short of the mark.

HEALTH / Heeling power of massage: Relief from aches, pains and more serious complaints may lie underfoot. Naseem Khan tries out an ancient treatment

THERE is something quite destabilising about being left, totally naked, in a strange and almost empty room. There were a few things - a chair, pictures and a few plants. Above my head hung a heavy black rope looped between two points seven or so feet apart on the sheer white ceiling. Even though I had expected it, it looked sinister.

George Achilleas, chief projectionist at the Muswell Hill Odeon, north London, surrounded by projection equipment from the Twenties and Thirties.

George Achilleas, chief projectionist at the Muswell Hill Odeon, north London, surrounded by projection equipment from the Twenties and Thirties. The cinema, now converted to smaller screens, is one of several stores across Britain used by the Projected Picture Trust for material collected since 1979. The charity hopes to set up a working museum in a disused cinema at Ponders End, north London

Inside File: Britain off UN budget body

GERMANY and Japan are on it. The US, Russia and China are on it. France is on it. But as of January, Britain is off.

Sports Letter: My mate's the man

Sir: I would like to nominate a colleague, Martin Bowdery, for the post of England manager. His experience is as follows: coach and manager of Muswell Hill under-10s; winner of the Fair Play award in the Enfield District League.

Delay brings a life on painkillers: The threatened UCLH group feels market forces bite as health authorities look for cheaper patient care. Celia Hall reports

FOR THE want of a knee operation Ruby Johnson, 71, is virtually housebound. Without painkillers her life would be intolerable.

Travel: Titles to pick and pack from your local bookshop

CHOOSE one title from each group, like vitamins, for a balanced diet. Leave the Russians till Christmas when the weather will be more in tune.

SHOW PEOPLE / A farewell to toe-curling: Alison Steadman

BRASSY, braying and blowsy are adjectives that Alison Steadman brings to mind. From the shrill Beverly in Abigail's Party in 1977 to the voracious, Olivier- winning Mari Hoff in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice last year, Steadman has built up a portfolio of wickedly funny characters and become one of our finest comic actresses. She has a gift for minute observation and can fasten on a detail of her character's behaviour - an over-long laugh, a nasal twang - and blow it up just enough to have your toes curling in embarrassment while your sides split.

Obituary: Oliver Tambo

NO REMEMBRANCE of Oliver Tambo is complete without a picture of him with his family, writes Paul Boateng (further to the obituary by Anthony Sampson and Richard Dowden, 26 April). My fondest memories of him are 'at home' with his dear wife Adelaide, whether in Muswell Hill or, more recently, in Johannesburg, surrounded by the children, his own, or like myself and my wife Janet, 'adopted'.

A Londoner and a South African, too: Being black in Johannesburg is not like being black in Muswell Hill. Tselane Tambo, daughter of Oliver, is trying to adjust. She talked to Emma Daly

TSELANE TAMBO is learning to cope with life in South Africa. But the daughter of Oliver Tambo, the black liberation movement's guiding light who died last week, often feels far from home. Tselane, a 30-year-old actress, spent her first 29 years thinking of herself as a South African living in England; now she is a Londoner living in Johannesburg.

REVIEW / Higher circles: Jasper Rees tries to forgive the Kinks at the Clapham Grand

Time has etched its signature into a band once described by a judge as 'highly temperamental, jealous and spoilt adolescents', but the chisel has dug deeper into Ray Davies than his kid brother Dave.

Style: You got it where? How much?: BhS was once a place youngsters had to be dragged to. But its new teenage range is well designed and well priced, says Roger Tredre

Every parent knows this child. She is around 13, she has a mind of her own, and she will not go into children's clothes shops because she does not want to be considered a child. However, she is too small for adult clothes, so where does she go to shop? Or, more to the point, where do you take her?
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