Thrills and spills in the BBC radio car

Yesterday we started our new interactive novel "A Man For Today" in which you, the reader, are Jeremy Plinth, Junior Minister for Arms Sales at the Foreign Office. Very early one morning you are tricked into agreeing to appear on the Radio 4 "Today" programme, even though you would much rather stay in bed. At 6.30 a BBC radio car turns up to collect you ... Don't forget that YOU are Jeremy Plinth! And at every juncture, YOU have to choose the right option before you can continue the story! Right, here we go!

Finance by Phone: When prudence pays

Have you bought and fitted a smoke detector to your home? And what is the connection between home smoke detectors and the cost of your car insurance? The answer is that it is one of many indicators used by the number-crunchers in the insurance industry to try to calculate risks and premiums.

Ruby Wax? Behind you!

The Notting Hill panto aims to unite local celebs and market traders. Easier said than done

Charges over pounds 70m `drug laundering'

A money dealer has been charged with laundering pounds 70m of drugs proceeds, it emerged last night. Ussama el-Kurd, owner of the Notting Hill Exchange bureau de change in west London, was charged with converting the sterling into assorted currencies, knowing or suspecting the money to be the proceeds of drug trafficking.

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold : Gentle reader, let me be your literary guide

As a writer one always welcomes competition; particularly if it is utterly useless. So it was with mixed feelings of pride and wounded humility that I read of the publication this week of two new literary guides to Britain, one called A Reader's Guide to Writers' Britain, the other The Spirit of Britain.

Cow girls beat the blues

If your sister is OK with smoked-salmon blinis, you could do worse than eat at the Cow

Discs for the discerning

Steve Homer talks to the Independent's founding editor, Andreas Whittam Smith (left), about his leap into the world of multimedia

Family lawyers have different rules for rich and famous clients, says Raymond Tooth

What is the difference between a celebrity divorce and an ordinary one? The simple answer is money. While an ordinary couple might be arguing over a four-bedroom house and an income of pounds 50,000, a wealthy family and their lawyers have a very different set of negotiations.

LETTER:Islington man will stay put

From Mr Tim Allan

Blair may desert his Islington heartland to go west

ANNE SPACKMAN

Your gran never had it so good

A chronicle of the hardships women faced and the sacrifices they made carries a positive message for Melissa Benn

Anniversary edition of `Animal Farm' sells out

MARIANNE MACDONALD

The Tardis of Notting Hill

Beyond the navy blue exterior, Serena Mackesy enters a fantasy living space where high-tech meets Out of Africa. Photographs by Sandro Sodano

Craftafarians: making a little go a long way

Arts and crafts are the thing. Katie Sampson on a home-made phenomenon

'If people steal, it is because they are poor'

"This statement is going to do a lot of damage," Vincent Nap reckoned. He lives and works around the All Saints Road in Notting Hill, the front line in the race riots of 1959, writes Stephen Ward.
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

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Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen