News Samantha Lewthwaite, whose husband Jermaine Lindsay was one of the 7/7 suicide bombers in London

She converted to Islam married Jermaine Lindsay in 2002 before he killed 26 people when he blew himself up in the July 7 terrorist attacks in London

It's definitely not a good idea to call her babe

Linda van den Berg, the first woman to fight on an Amateur Boxing Association bill, tells

The way some sections of the gay press carry on, you'd think a fundamental civil liberty was under threat

You know gay summer has officially begun when Hampstead Heath is raided again. This summer, every summer ... The weather turns nice and the wildlife, you should pardon the expression, comes out. Hampstead locals taking their progeny for a little sun and air find both heels and buggy wheels sticking to discarded condoms and empty tubs of Crisco - those traditional, tell-tale signs that you have fairies at the bottom of your communal garden. Night and day, but especially night, there's the cackle of mating calls, beating-off around the bushes and a constant stream of furtive trade riding through the glen, occasionally stopping, the little Tinkerbells - so residents claim - to light a fire and verbally abuse those vicious homophobes who have the nerve to object. "I say, would you chaps mind awfully ..." when they turn a corner of woodland to find the Bum Boy Three going at it like the clappers against a mighty oak.

COMEDY: Scott Capurro; Freedom Theatre, London

First impressions of Scott Capurro are somewhat disarming: a sweet- looking, wholesome San Franciscan gay boy in stripey T-shirt and white jeans, flirting breezily with whoever takes his fancy. And then, just as you're relaxing to his seductive banter, he tells you about his 88- year-old granny's penchant for revealing her mastectomy scar, before adding with some relish, "Thank God she didn't have a hysterectomy." This is Julian Clary with barbs.

Look up and be amazed; sites

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Obituary: Leon Garfield

Leon Garfield and I were friends for about a quarter of a century, writes Russell Hoban. We'd meet from time to time at Il Fornello near Russell Square to exchange current pages and encourage each other over pizza della casa and beer. We talked about money, reviews and the lack of them, the decline of Western culture, as manifested by writers who got bigger advances than we did, and in any pauses he'd talk Shakespeare and I'd listen.

Railtrack tries to get the City aboard

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A blushing policeman bearing the past

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The washday spin doctors

Rosie Millard meets three brothers who are cleaning up the launderette' s image

Top Major aide in rail strike talks: Railtrack's pounds 7m HQ - Deal would cost pounds 4.8m

A SENIOR Downing Street official attended a meeting at Railtrack on the eve of yesterday's talks on the signal workers' dispute, adding to the row over the Government's role in the affair.

Movers and shakers on the town: Ravers have no monopoly of fun. Alix Sharkey joins the scrabble for seats at two of London's newest clubs, and throws a six to start

I know you were not looking when I took my turn, but, Scout's honour, I did not pass go, did not collect pounds 200, did not go to jail. Instead I chose the racing car (or a black cab doing a fair approximation thereof) and, starting at Russell Square. leapt across the board to take my chances at Flipside, a club discreetly tucked away in the corner of Park Lane and Piccadilly.

Travel: Silent night, lonely flight: Correction

Better bus service

Management training fears are confirmed

FEARS that British managers - from charge hands to directors - receive little or no formal training were confirmed yesterday by the government-backed organisation which sets standards for management.
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