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Police found the woman only had a provisional license and was accompanied only by a parrot

Theatre: A treasure well and truly buried at sea

Treasure Island Lyric Hammersmith, London

Education: Personally Speaking: Children squabble: it's a fact of life, not always a case for the helpline

Most schools have an anti-bullying policy. The head, senior management, governors, families, teachers, support staff and, not least, the children are instructed to be alert for bullying outside the school gates, in assemblies, in the classroom and the curriculum, during breaks, in the toilets, playgrounds and corridors.

AN EYE ON... exotic birds

Parrot 1: Burglars were yesterday reported to have stolen a talking parrot valued at pounds 650 from a pet shop near Chorley, Lancashire. The parrot answers to the name of "Olly" and can say "hello" and "hello sexy".

Dwarf on ice in lateral lift horror

Chris Maslanka explores the lures and flaws of lateral thinking puzzles

Update on ... crocodiles

A review of recent developments in a topic of general interest

The root of 3

Three plants that look good together: Agave americana Lotus maculatus Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Put the shine back in

Sarah Stacy on Worthington's high-tech hair brushes

When Marcia Clark failed to persuade a jury that OJ Simpson was guilty of murder, she fell from grace with a bump - less a legal eagle than a dead parrot. Today's the day she gets her own back.

Today is the day that Marcia Clark comes out of hibernation, returning to the public stage to reclaim her piece of the OJ Simpson pie. For nearly two years, the prosecutor in the Simpson case has kept mum on her leading, losing role in a murder prosecution she considered eminently winnable, suffering what she calls a "malaise". More practically, she was bound to silence by the terms of a $4.2m book contract. But on the day that Without a Doubt at last arrives in American bookshops, she launches a 12-city US tour with a heart-to-heart with Barbara Walters, the lisping diva of American television hostesses, an encounter that promises to deliver at least one startling revelation.

Markets hanging on Fed decision

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RECORDS CLASSICAL

CLASSICAL

THEATRE: Three Chamber Plays; The Gate, London

Written for the 161-seat Intimate Theatre in Stockholm, Strindberg's five Chamber Plays pioneered intense, close-to-the-audience drama, at the same time as deploying, with an almost droll perversity, defiantly large casts in that small space. Now who, in our own day, does this remind you of? Notting Hill's Gate theatre of course.

Architecture

A fortnight ago I turned off the M6 south of Stafford and north of Birmingham because I didn't want to crawl along the crowded and ugly section of motorway that pullulates through the West Midlands. Save very early in the morning, or in the middle of the night, I do not enjoy the banality of motorway driving, having neither an executive company car nor a taste for motorway service stations (although these can be unintentionally funny). Which is why I found myself on the old A5, a slow road, dual-carriageway here and there, artics aggressively overtaking Austin Maestros, that cuts across country avoiding Brum and leads eventually to the M1.

This tiresome search for a lesson in everything

There seems no moral centre to movies about tornadoes. Twister is twisted, teenaged nonsense about terror and trucks, glamorised by an over-use of special effects. But what do you expect when Steven Spielberg's involved? This is a good reason not to see Schindler's List. You go to Spielberg for dinosaurs, not holocausts.

This tiresome search for a lesson in everything Why does there have to be a lesson in everything? The real disaster is that we fail to learn anything

There seems no moral centre to movies about tornadoes. Twister is twisted, teenaged nonsense about terror and trucks, glamorised by an over-use of special effects. But what do you expect when Steven Spielberg's involved? This is a good reason not to see Schindler's List. You go to Spielberg for dinosaurs, not holocausts.

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