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A street cleaner who was allegedly stabbed to death by a burglar he confronted with a broom has been praised in court for his “sense of civic duty”.

Postcards from the edge: Try the beat around the Bush

Shepherd's Bush Green is often viewed as a down-market Clapham Common, but get beyond the Tube and there are treats in store for the unsupecting visitor

Pop: Live - Urban angst with a country smile

Beth Orton Shepherd's Bush Empire

Obituary: Alfred Roome

Alfred Wallace Roome, film editor: born London 22 December 1908; married Janice Adair (died 1996; one daughter, and one son deceased) died Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire 19 November 1997.

Theatre: Let's have no more bleating about the Bush

Yes, London's premier new- writing venue has just suffered a grant cut. But it's also just won this year's Empty Space Award. James Christopher celebrates 25 years of dramatic innovation atop a West London pub.

The adaptable immigrants who look after themselves

The story of Chinese emigration from Hong Kong to London is already a long one, and although most Chinese are reluctant to talk about thetakeover of a distant homeland, three generations of immigrants had their own tales to tell inChinatown last week.

Letter: Get on the buses if you can, Mr Prescott

Sir: Your front-page article "I'll get you on the bus, says Prescott" (6 June) moved even the most sceptical of us to have a go on public transport.

Sarwar claims pounds 5,000 was a loan

The anger of Labour activists in Glasgow Govan started to boil over yesterday as their MP, Mohammad Sarwar, dug himself further into political controversy with an admission that he handed over pounds 5,000 to an election opponent.

Shopper tells of knife ordeal

A woman's shopping expedition turned into a horrifying ordeal at the hands of a knife-wielding robber in which she feared for her life.

Woman driver in kidnap terror

Woman driver in kidnap terror

THEATRE Love and Understanding Bush Theatre, London

'I wish I had a friend like me," proclaims Richie in Joe Penhall's new play Love and Understanding. It's sad to say that this is a minority sentiment. Richie is to friendship what nemesis is to a relaxing holiday. Charismatically portrayed by Paul Bettany, he's a decadent, self-deceived drifter, who has spent the best part of his twenties bumming around the world in search of instant kicks and pretending to be a brooding Graham Greene creation.

Rugby Union: Wasps' thoroughly modern winning ways

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Rock: Let's hear it for the roadie

Why are Wilco so damned likeable? Most pop music is retrogressive these days, and the American country-rockers more than most. At the Shepherd's Bush Empire they evoked a mighty arsenal of comparisons, the most obvious being early-Seventies Stones. But somehow they are always more than the sum of their parts.

Rees enjoys home gains: Rugby

Wasps are beginning to enjoy their long weekends in English rugby's equivalent of a stately home. Compared to most Courage League grounds, Loftus Road is an upper-crust sanctuary of Brideshead proportions, and if their remaining guests show the sort of inferiority complex that struck Gloucester dumb yesterday afternoon, the Londoners may just go on to take the title.

The dogfather

Giovanangelo is paid to walk dogs for busy middle-class people. It's a Nineties thing. By Nick Foulkes. Photographs by Dario Mitidieri
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