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Some authors vanish in plain sight, recalled by their most successful work, which comes to define an entire career. A friend of mine has written mytho-logies, Victoriana, crime and magical realism, but publishers are unable to mention her without inserting the title of her greatest success into her name, in the way that pantomime stars are bracketed by their TV shows. Typecasting is a problem that afflicts most successful writers.

Dowler killer to launch appeal bid

Former bouncer Levi Bellfield is due to seek permission to appeal against his conviction for the kidnap and murder of Surrey teenager Milly Dowler. Lawyers for Bellfield are scheduled to make an appeal application in the Court of Appeal in London today.

Matthew Cooksey could consider a shared-ownership scheme to find his own home

Wealth Check: 'I'm still living with mum, but too hard-up to move'

Graduate Matthew Cooksey wants a place of his own in London but finds it unaffordable when his wages mean he spends so much time in the red

MPs to discuss sale of Parliament

MPs will tomorrow discuss selling the Palace of Westminster amid concerns over its long-term future.

Collin: TV producer and director of Bafta

Reginald Collin: TV producer and director of Bafta

Taking over as producer of one of television's most memorable spy dramas, Callan, presented Reginald Collin with an enviable dilemma. "Our problem is that this latest series has been fantastically successful," he told TV Times in 1969. "A year ago, we felt that this would be the last of it. Now we are not so sure."

Elite forces rehearse Olympics security operation

Elite police and military teams joined forces today to give a first glimpse of Britain's biggest peacetime security operation.

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Antony Worrall Thompson 'sorry' for shoplifting

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson apologised today for his "stupid and irresponsible actions" after he was arrested for shoplifting cheese and wine at a supermarket.

Obsessive rare egg thief is jailed again

Britain's most imprisoned egg collector was jailed again yesterday after he admitted stealing hundreds of rare birds' eggs, including those of golden eagles.

Hall, left, with Brian Cosgrove outside Toad Hall for their adaptation of 'Wind in the Willows'

Mark Hall: Creator of 'Dangermouse'and 'Count Duckula'

The animator, producer and director Mark Hall created scores of programmes for British television. As half of Cosgrove Hall Productions, he worked alongside Brian Cosgrove from a converted warehouse in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, where they utilised drawings on cels, puppets and stop-frame techniques to create the critically praised animations (they were nominated for five awards at the 1986 Baftas alone) that enlivened countless childhoods.

Osborne's 'boost' fails to re-energise Battersea

Battersea Power Station is set to be seized by creditors owed hundreds of millions of pounds by its owners, putting a £5.5bn redevelopment project in jeopardy just days after the area was told it would be getting a new London Underground station.

Heart of Darkness, Linbury Studio, London
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Tarik O'Regan's Conrad adaptation is an audacious, handsome debut, while a Tchaikovsky opera is reinvigorated by an older, hypersexual Countess

From the tropics to the Thames: Seahorses discovered in London

Seahorses, the distinctive horse-headed small fish typically found in tropical seas and on coral reefs, are thought to be breeding in the River Thames in London, the Environment Agency announced yesterday.

Wind denies town giant heart work on a rope

The residents of Folkestone don't know how close they came to having to live in the shadow of a huge balloon shaped like a human heart, looming over the town centre.

John Howard Davies: Child star of David Lean's 'Oliver Twist' who became head of comedy at the BBC

John Howard Davies would still have had a minor place in entertainment history through his affecting performance as the protagonist of David Lean's film of Oliver Twist (1948). But his reputation rests on having produced and directed some of the most acclaimed examples of BBC television comedy. Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Steptoe and Son and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin all prospered under the air of quiet calm that he exuded, in an often frenetic industry. His frequently stated guideline was, simply, "It's got to be funny."

Body found after tugboat sinking

A man's body has been found following the sinking of a tugboat in the River Thames.

Investigation after tug capsizes in Thames

A crew member who fell in the River Thames in London after his tug capsized and sank was presumed drowned today as marine accident experts launched an investigation into the accident.

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