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Tyler Doohan went back inside the bedroom of a burning trailer to try and save his disabled grandfather

New hope in fight against 'Lorenzo's Oil' disease

A dramatic breakthrough in the possible treatment of childhood diseases of the nervous system – including the disorder featured in the film Lorenzo's Oil – was announced by scientists in America yesterday.

Hey nonny no, no, no: Goths and pagans are reinventing morris dancing

Why the newcomers are putting the fear of God into the traditionalists

Dickens family seek to overturn writer's dying wish for no memorials

In 1869, a year before Charles Dickens died, he wrote in his will that he wanted to be remembered for his work alone. No plaques, no statues, "no monument memorial or testimonial whatever" were to be allowed to commemorate the life of one of Britain's greatest authors.

Leading article: A tale of two arguments

When a biography of a writer appears, the cry often goes up that what counts is the art not the life. And if the writer is living, then very often he or she will have objected to being written about, or at the very least refused to co-operate with the project.

Design & Interiors: Stokesay Court

It wasn't only Keira Knightley who ravished the eye in 'Atonement'. The film's setting left us swooning too.

Clash of cultures: the screaming minarets of Oxford

A plan to call Muslims to prayer with a loudspeaker has divided opinion in Britain's oldest university town. By Andy McSmith

Dreda Say Mitchell: It's not only white people fleeing our city centres

It doesn't feature on Location, Location, Location but "race" is back in the news as a factor in where people choose to live. Trevor Phillips, who chairs the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has reiterated his concerns that Britain could become a segregated society. The Bishop of Rochester thinks some Muslim areas are becoming no-go areas for outsiders, while others are comparing some of England's northern towns to Belfast. But is it actually true?

Enterprise of Exiles and Gloucester promises an enthralling collision

If the Lord Mayor's Show in Cardiff turns out to be a forward-dominated affair - Munster do not possess a back division worthy of the name; Biarritz have an attacking unit boasting all the talents, but prefer not to use it - what comes after may prove the perfect antidote. Tomorrow's European Challenge Cup final between Gloucester and London Irish at the Twickenham Stoop features two sides at the forefront of what might be called English rugby's All Black movement, which embraces the theory that tries are better than penalties, that handling is better than kicking, that one crisp miss-pass in midfield is better than two months' worth of rolling mauls.

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School Standards: Bouncing back: from failing list to the `magnificent seven'

A "MAGNIFICENT seven" schools were hailed yesterday as the most improved in England after moving from Ofsted's failing list to be named among the country's most outstanding.

Discovery of secret stairs brings Brontë to life

The secret staircase which inspired one of fiction's great characters has been uncovered, hidden behind oak panels and just as it was portrayed by Charlotte Brontë.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?