Everything starts with the pen

Handwriting has fallen from favour in our schools and offices, but a new hi-tech pen is trying to change the script. Michael Bywater isn't convinced that it makes its mark

Deborah Ross: 'I do not want to see my true self'

If you ask me, all this Eat, Pray, Love business about having to search for your "true self" is all very well, but what if your true self turns out to be a complete dick? I once encountered my true self and, I'm telling you, I took one look at it, and thought: this is bad, bad news.

Drug wars on hold as party spirit takes over Mexico

Mexico looked beyond its drug war to throw a 200th birthday bash celebrating a proud history, whimsical culture and resilience, embodied in the traditional independence cry: "Viva Mexico!"

Two killed when car hits pedestrians in Sandbanks

Two people died after a car hit a group of pedestrians in one of the UK's most exclusive postcodes, police said today.

Man guilty over runaway van deaths

A man whose runaway van killed two young people after he failed to apply the hand brake properly when he parked was today found guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Darker streets could be more dangerous, warns AA

Switching off street lights to save money could lead to more crashes and more crime, the AA said today.

Winter transport plans to be unveiled

Ways of keeping transport moving during severe weather next winter will be outlined in a Government-commissioned report today.

Motorway boy already dead when hit by police car

A schoolboy had already died before he was struck by an unmarked police car after he wandered on to a motorway into the path of traffic, it was disclosed today.

The week in theatre: Rylance’s return, speed-dating and a promenade around Bleak House

Alice Jones on what to see on stage around the country this week

Hit-and-run driver jailed for 11 years

A hit-and-run driver was jailed for 11 years today for mowing down and killing an elderly woman following a high-speed police chase.

Police officer in court over pedestrian's death

A road traffic police officer will face trial today accused of causing death by careless driving.

Crossing 'countdown' is tested in London

Stop, look, listen, leg it. Normally, few pedestrians would risk dashing across a busy road in front of a queue of waiting traffic, with the lights threatening to change at any moment. But yesterday, they took their chances as the country's first countdown tickers – which indicate how long remains before the green man turns red – were unveiled.

Album: Here We Go Magic, Pigeons (Secretly Canadian)

Now expanded from Luke Temple's one-man operation into a bona fide five-piece band following the success of last year's debut album, Here We Go Magic hint at their sizeable potential with Pigeons, though the thinness of some of the ideas suggests they might have rushed to record too soon.

David Prosser: Justice at last for Equitable Life victims?

Outlook One announcement made by the coalition yesterday that should be universally welcomed – assuming it is to be taken at face value – is the promise to offer the victims of the Equitable Life scandal a better deal. Whatever one's views about the performance generally of the previous Labour administration, its failure to do the right thing by Equitable savers was shameful.

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