Sport The altered Tube map to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association and the London Underground

Footballing greats replace each of the 367 station names, but the real names unfortunately won't be changing anytime soon


Being a PVC trouser wearer, my shiny bin-liner of a knee-length pencil skirt was not entirely alien to me. In all honesty, it felt quite good. There I was, in the comfort of my own home, trying to dress it down with the sweetest of tops, or slink around to use it to its full sex-kitten potential. I could not quite foresee the occasion where I would require this type of garment; or should I rephrase, I couldn't quite imagine the right social situation that would demand this look. The sexual connotations were undoubtedly there, but I can't say I felt as if I could carry it off.

over heard by Claire Gervat in Top Shop Oxford Circus

Saturday afternoon at Top Shop, Oxford Circus.

Circus chaos : LETTERS

From Mr Peter Hendy Sir: You report ("And this is the road to Hell", 9 January) the daily struggle of the Metropolitan Police and the Traffic Control Systems Unit in making London's traffic lights adjust to keep traffic moving efficiently.

The curse of the yokels : TRUE GRIPES

They're back. It's December and they're clogging up the capital with their carrier bags. It takes half an hour to walk the just under half a mile from Piccadilly to Oxford Circus because they're all over the pavement, gawping at the adverts for We st Endmusicals as though they've never even seen electricity before. Bloody provincials.

Property: On a roll into Mayfair, but not for Monopoly money

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Violent Britain: Thief's victim died of heart attack

SHOUKAT ALI, a north London businessman, died from a heart attack after chasing and confronting a thief he saw stealing a radio from his son's car, police said yesterday.

Travel: Around the world in a day: Clutching his two-zone Travelcard, Simon Calder gets a taste of foreign climes without having to leave London

You are thinking of going to Miami, or Maastricht, or Milan: what's the first stop on your trip? The national tourist office. In London there is a whole world of them, accessible to anyone with a two-zone Travelcard; if you live outside the capital, all you need is a 100-unit Phonecard.

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A small firebomb was defused by explosives officers in a central London fashion store after it was discovered by a member of staff. The device was found in Top Shop, Oxford Circus.

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THE IRA mounted its first mainland attacks of the new year in the early hours of yesterday morning with an assault on the commercial heart of London.

Taxis lead the campaign against a traffic ban in Oxford Street: There is scant support for pedestrianising the busiest shopping road in London, despite congestion which cost six lives last year. Christian Wolmar reports

IT IS NOT the IRA bombers who pose the greatest threat to shoppers in Oxford Street at Christmas time. The sheer weight of the number of shoppers forces those in a hurry off the pavement and into the street which, though closed to normal traffic, still has some 500 taxis and 125 buses going along it every hour in each direction at peak times.

Gor blimey, guv, all it needs is muffin men and sweeps: Jonathan Glancey takes offence at the Classical traffic lights, bus shelters and other 'street furniture' popping up along Regent Street

THERE should be limits to the British obsession with heritage. When functional, workaday objects such as traffic lights, bus shelters and 'No Entry' signs have to be dressed up in Regency fancy dress to keep us Quality Street-sweet, heritage has given way to idiocy. This is what has happened to Regent Street, London, where a pounds 4m programme of public works by the Crown Commissioners, now nearing completion, has given us the world's first Regency traffic lights.

Knifeman cuts boy in sex attack

A 17-year-old boy was robbed by two men, slashed with a knife and indecently assaulted by one of them in the latest of a series of sex attacks on men in central London.
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