Arts and Entertainment David Beckham will have a cameo role in the Only Fools and Horses reunion sketch on Sport Relief in March

The footballer will join Del Boy and Rodney for their first reunion in a decade

It's easier to knock things down than to rebuild them

We should always be instinctively wary of the idea that problems can be solved with bulldozers

Stepping Stones: From mean streets to the Festival city

One Couple's Property Story

Buddhas in suburbia

How do you spot the only house in a London street that doubles up as a shop? Look for the disco glitterball in the front room. Charlotte Packer investigates

Carpetright floored by higher interest rates

Investment Column

I am content with my racial identity

TRACY BURT'S early childhood sounds like a fairy story. Born to a white mother and black father, she was placed in a children's home near Felixstowe, Suffolk, in the 1960s, writes Joanna Reid. A kindly lady with two children, and no interest in adopting children, happened to visit the home and met Tracy as a baby. The matron asked her if she'd like to take her out one weekend. She agreed. The outings became more frequent, and she and her family grew to love the child. After living with her new family for some time, Tracy was formally adopted at the age of five.

Property: Have some 'sarf respect'

London house hunters can pick up a bargain, if they're willing to head into Del Boy territory.

Letter: Urban poverty

Your article "Brown swoops to save doomed estates" (6 February) would have been better entitled "Brown charges up same old blind alley". Government policy on urban poverty has followed this mistaken path of area targeting for the last 30 years, and it has failed.

H&C Furnishings to buy Kingsbury for pounds 48m

The consolidation of Britain's fragmented furniture retail market took a step forward yesterday when H&C Furnishings made an agreed pounds 48m offer for the rival Kingsbury Group.

Vicar tough on crime faces chastisement

A vicar who called for thieves who stole from his village church to have their hands cut off has found himself facing chastisement. The Rev Robert McConachie has been summoned by his bishop, who is not amused by his invoking the Biblical sanction.

Vicar hands out route to heaven

A Church of England vicar has called for the thieves who raided his church to have their hands cut off.

Carpet king nets pounds 15m for property group pounds 15.6m for CW Harr is

Lord Harris of Peckham, the carpet king, and his family have made pounds 15.6m from the sale of their private retail property company. The tycoon has sold C W Harris Properties to Pillar Property, the quoted property investor that specialises in retail warehouse parks and shopping centres.

The Investment Column: Carpetright sales bounce back

Lord Harris of Peckham was working hard yesterday to restore confidence in Carpetright, the carpet retail group which he chairs. He had his work cut out, having sold a quarter of his holding in the business at 569p just months before the shares slid to a 435.5p low on fears it was over- expanding in a sticky market.

Lord Harris's son on Carpetright board

Martin Harris, the 28-year-old son of Lord Harris of Peckham, has been appointed to the main board of Carpetright, his father's retail empire. Mr Harris junior has been moved up from marketing manager and will take his seat on the board next week. Educated at Curry University in Boston, he was a director of Harvey's Furnishings, another Harris business, for three years before joining Carpetright in 1991. He has gradually been groomed for promotion and has been introduced to analysts and the press at recent City presentations.

White line holds back blacks at work

Entire fire brigade watch shut after racism charge

Cash goes missing in black churches

The Charity Commissioners are investigating the reported disappearance of tens of thousands of pounds at black-led evangelical and Pentecostal churches.
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