i Theo Paphitis, retail magnate

Has he, God forbid, actually decided to invest in something?

True Gripes: Sloane dangers: Life in SW3 has its ugly side

A year ago, the prospect of living in Chelsea had me all a-quiver. Now I'm moving on, and I shouldn't be sorry if I never saw the King's Road again.

Victims of crime seek an income: Father demands alternative to lump-sum compensation for son handicapped by assault

A FATHER is battling with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to persuade it to award his brain-damaged and physically handicapped son an annual income, rather than the one-off lump sum that it normally would pay.

Long Runners / No 25: Just a Minute

Age: 26 (it began in 1967).

How the West was won - by that old Latin tongue

Doc Holliday: In vino veritas

Conrans of counter-culture: Whether it's a bong, a hubble-bubble or exotic Phillies Blunts, Alix Sharkey knows who sells them. Just don't ask what for

The revolution will not be televised, they used to say. But will the counter-culture be sold over the counter? If so, then shops such as Sohi Soho may become the department stores of the New Age.

Letter: Scholars shop around

Sir: Katie Drummond (letter, 13 December) wonders why John Lewis (classicist and next Head Master of Eton) does not link up with Peter Jones (classicist, though not, actually, head of department at Newcastle) in place of King's College, Cambridge. Simple. There is already a nominal connection between the two august institutions. The major classical prize at Eton is called 'the

Letter: Classics in store

Sir: Following the appointment of John Lewis, a classicist, as its headmaster, perhaps Eton should consider renouncing its traditional links with King's College, Cambridge, and opt instead for a partnership with the University of Newcastle, where the head of classics is a certain Peter Jones.

Bunhill: St Michael spreads his wedding wings

WITHIN a few years, up to one in four of the country's newlyweds will be blessed by St Michael. Put more commercially, M&S reckons that up to 100,000 couples a year will be asking friends and relatives to choose their gifts from its computerised wedding list system.

ROCK / Name of the pose

LAST month, Prince announced he was changing his name to but omitted to offer guidelines on pronunciation. We asked for suggestions.

Property: Let's exchange addresses: David Lawson talks to home owners who have successfully swapped houses when conventional selling failed

IF property ownership is the religion of the late 20th century, first-time buyers are its gods. From them all blessings flow - mainly because they start chains that allow everyone else to move. But these gods are not immortal. What happens when they vanish?

INTERIORS / How the Decorators Live: Tangerine Dream: Francois Gilles's mother grew up in Algeria, his grandfather was a bohemian exile in Morocco. In his London flat full of curios, the French designer evokes North Africa without having ransacked it. In the first in a series, Dinah Hall captures the ambience

IT IS really only in the company of interior decorators that you recognise what a disadvantage a solid middle-class upbringing, with decent suburban values and wall-to-wall carpeting, can be in life. If you don't have a way with trimmings, blame it on your parents. It is those early formative tactile experiences, you see. The infantile roots of decorative taste were vividly described by the eccentric decorator/collector Charles Wade in 1945: 'This happy realm of under the table and round the skirtings, how intimate one was with the legs of furniture, textures and patterns of carpets, on friendly terms with grain, cracks and knots of the boards, the underneathness of things never seen by grown-ups.'

RADIO / Filling the unforgiving minute: Martin Kelner on the durable success of a radio programme that just goes on and on and on and on

'HELLO, as the Minute Waltz fades away once again, it's my pleasure to welcome you to Just A Minute, perhaps the most deceptively simple, enduring, popular, and much-copied comedy game on radio. And the subject is: why the longest-running game-show on radio, dismissed by some people 10 - even 20 - years ago as a clapped-out Victorian parlour game, should suddenly have become fashionable. Can you speak on that subject for just one minute without hesitation, repetition, or deviating from the subject on the card, Jonathan James-Moore, Head of BBC Radio Light Entertainment?'

Racing Commentary: Owners switch the onus to value: The people who pay the bills have started to demand more for their money from racecourses and trainers

RACEHORSE owners have at last revealed that they are not just cheque-writing machines, they have voice boxes too and this week they used them. Not that they were speaking in unison - the prime movers were as disparate as two Maktoum brothers and a quarter-shareholder in the Champion Hurdle hope Ruling - but the common cry was that they want more for their money.

RADIO / Only toffs or cockneys need apply

YOU DON'T have to know that Just a Minute (R4) was inspired by a public school punishment to see it as an upper-class parlour game. The hostile levity, the nonchalant way in which the precise score is never given ('Clement Freud is in the lead, just ahead of Derek Nimmo . . .'), the sports day whistle, the clubman's innuendo: all suggest a loosened black tie. The best contestants have been either toffs or cockneys.

Letter: Moving away from the classics

Sir: The National Curriculum Council's report (that the national curriculum is overloaded) will come as no surprise to classicists and other non-national curriculum specialists in state schools, who are being forcibly redeployed by the national curriculum away from their expertise to teach only official state-approved subjects (report, 19 January). If the Government's boasts of the diversity and choice available in our state schools, hollow enough as they are, are not to become a complete sham, it is urgent that the overloading of the Key Stage 3 syllabus (ages 11-14) be reduced, and quickly.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003