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First Night: The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Vaudeville Theatre, London

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Pet rabbit stolen by animal rights protester

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EM Forster called him "a writer of distinction", and reviews of his first novel, The Landslide, referred to "a little classic" and "an original and graceful work", yet Stephen Gilbert is chiefly remembered as the author of the more lurid Ratman's Notebooks (1968) – Willard in the American version, after it was made into a horror film by Daniel Mann (1971). Gilbert's other claim to fame is as the protege of Forrest Reid – not the only protégé, indeed, but the predominant one.

Minor British Institutions: The British Giant rabbit

To the untrained eye, the British Giant may look like any of the other gigantic rabbit breeds that have outgrown their hutches around the world – but this is apparently a distinctively British take on leporine giantism.

Hair apparent: Welcome to the compelling world of competitive 'Cavy fancy'

The peruvian is noted for its soft coat. The cuteness of the Crested, with its cranial tuft and round body, can floor even the most hardened of judges. The Self Saffron, on the other hand, boasts fur like burnt amber. Each breed has its unique traits. But perfect looks don't come easy.

Leading article: Mole music

In the matter of the British and their relations with small field animals, Beatrix Potter and Kenneth Grahame have a great deal to answer for. Take moles.

Dark Doings: The secret life of an enigmatic pest

A boom in the UK's mole population has been causing widespread alarm. Michael McCarthy reflects on a subterranean mystery

Michael Bywater: In the dead of night, menacing us on our doorstep. That's Nature for you

Twins. Nine-month-old babies. Attacked. Partly eaten. By foxes. In Hackney. Unspeakable for their mother, and (as they so often say, because it's so often true) it could happen to any of us. Hackney: inner city, a bit run down, you might expect something like that in Hackney while simultaneously hoping you're wrong. But somewhere nice?

Teenager detained for microwaving hamster

A teenager who microwaved his brother's hamster was sent to a young offenders institution for four months today, the RSPCA said.

Johnson tells tourists to fight for World Cup spots

History tells us that a trip to Australia is England's second-worst nightmare: only in New Zealand are they made to feel more inadequate, and they're going there next. No wonder Martin Johnson describes this as "a real tour and a real test" – one that will go a very long way towards shaping the red-rose challenge at the World Cup in 15 months' time. It is the last visit to the southern hemisphere before the great global gathering in All Black country and, it can be argued, the last opportunity for a number of celebrated performers, British and Irish Lions among them, to declare their candidacy.

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