Letter: Private money

Sir: John Denham, Minister of for Health, writes of the Private Finance Initiative: "Financial appraisals are used to ensure that schemes are only approved if they offer value for money" (letter, 16 July). What does this amount to?

Letter: Sculptural cleansing

Sir: Perhaps Tom Lubbock should contemplate one of Eduardo Paolozzi's sculptures close to the Tate Gallery before he describes them all as "great bronze pile-ups" ("Selling sculpture by the pound", 27 April).

Word of mouth: Rocket man

Need exotic fruit and veg? Fred Foster knows his onions

Restaurants; Where shall we meet in Pimlico?

Considering diets adapt to the way we live, and modern life requires little more exercise than running for the bus, it's odd that most restaurants are still so meat-orientated. The cream-based sauce is becoming a thing of the past, but vegetables still languish, essentially, as garnishes, or as the odd, grudging dish for the substantial part of the population that is now vegetarian.

Doctor supplied `date rape' pills

A HARLEY Street doctor was found guilty today of helping to flood the drugs black market with thousands of so-called "date rape" pills.

You never forget your first time

Whether you buy a studio in the centre of town or a house in the sticks, it's a start. Gwenda Joyce Brophy assesses the options for first- time buyers

Midweek Money: Free to own your flat

Buying your freehold is now easier with the help of LVTs

Property: The right sort of leaves

We all need a bit of space, and more and more home buyers are paying a premium for green areas all their own. Gwenda Joyce-Brophy reports

'Masterpiece' demolition row

Parents want Jack Straw to save his son's school, writes Ben Russell

Obituary: Denis Goacher

DENIS GOACHER believed himself to be a "strolling player", a "troubadour". Primarily a stage actor, then radio actor, later he existed on his looks and wits; as poet. How he scored the line between media, and when this line broke, is hard to ascertain.

Law report: Case Summaries: 9 march 1998

The following notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

Monday's Book: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns (Pimlico, pounds 20)

Every school kid in America knows about the Lewis and Clark expedition, but hardly anyone in Britain has heard of it. This is a shame; it was not only an important journey of exploration, but a wonderful adventure story as well.

More Billy Whizz than Jack the Lad

The Christmas period should have been a particularly happy time for William Straw. He had just been accepted for a place at Oxford University - the letter arrived on Christmas Eve - to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics providing he gets the right grades in his A levels later this year.

Books: Books of the year

From Bart Simpson to Che Guevara, from the Old South to the Far North: highlights of 1997, chosen by Independent writers and other leading authors

Puett's genius has enduring impact

Greg Wood on the contribution to racing of the man who invented the starting stall
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Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
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Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

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Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

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Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
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Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

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England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
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Frank Warren column

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Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
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The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
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Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

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