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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”.

The modern face of rugby

close-up; Lawrence Dallaglio; New model professional is the perfect prototype for a sport facing up to life in a different era. Alex Spink reports

virgin on the net

As she undressed, she kept asking, 'Now Digby, does this titillate you?'

Capering around Shepherd's Bush

A White Merc with Fins by James Hawes Cape, pounds 12.99; A gripping first novel encourages readerly self-congratulation. By Nicholas Lezard

BBC inquiry into security breach

An investigation into security at the BBC has been set up after a drunk man was able to walk into the corporation's television centre in Shepherd's Bush, west London, and wander around while John Major was being interviewed, it emerged yesterday.

Food: Meals on Wheels

If you are a passionate cook, the buying of ingredients is every bit as exciting as the preparation of the food, and, of course, the eating thereof

Who's who in the studio?

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PC 'called sex lines from victim's flat'

A policeman made nine calls to expensive sex chat lines while waiting for a female burglary victim to return home, a jury heard yesterday.

Irish travellers adrift in a fragmented world

Theatre: True Lines Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush

site unseen The Old Loos on Shepherd's Bush Common

in 1937, the social historian Thomas Burke devoted a book to London's loos. He concluded that their availability was based on class distinction: "Places are most frequent in those districts where there is a large consumption of tea and beer; least frequent in those districts where sherry and claret rule."

The making of little wimmin

Annemarie Grabrucker is a 13-year-old `experiment' in non-sexist parenting. Deborah Holder reports

Ant invasion

He's plain old Stuart Goddard to his family, but to the rest of us he'll always be Adam Ant, that cheeky pistol-toting highwayman on pop's long and winding road. Have a look at the photos (below) and you might notice that these days, Ant has ditched the loony stripe-across-the-nose slap in favour of a freshly-scrubbed pop look. This is in aid of his musical comeback, supposedly all part of the Eighties revival which is this year's yawnsome media invention. He's got a new album, Wonderful (EMI) out on 3 April, and next week he's playing three nights at Shepherd's Bush. Word is that the new material is bright, ballsy pop married with deeply personal, introspective lyrics. Subtle innuendo coming: must be something inside he's keen to get out. Get along quick to witness the unveiling of the new, bouncy ABBA-phile Ant.

That's the magic of roundabouts

Britain's love affair with the circular road junction knows no bounds. Artists are even erecting sculptures in an act of homage. Jonathan Glancey wonders what it all means

POP / Sweet and light: The Cranberries - Shepherd's Bush

The crisp, healthy roses adorning each amp should have been enough to tell you that this was going to be neither rock nor roll. Dolores O'Riordan, a peroxided imp in a tutu, hacked at her guitar to mannered cries of 'Go on, Dolores]', and dissent only loomed with the dismissal of 'Linger', just three songs in. Thereafter, ploughing toward the stage became a cinch compared to buying a pint.

Suddenly I had cheekbones: The F-words are back: femininity, foundation, femme fatale. Genevieve Fox tried the new look in Shepherd's Bush . . .

Saturday shopping for limescale remover and tights takes on an entirely different complexion when you are caked in kohl and deep red lipstick. It is the season's new look, an unholy marriage of the moody Seventies and the glamorous Eighties. It's a calculated, deadly, in-your- face image that repackages women as both sexy and in control. The wispy natural look has been pushed out of the window and now the pundits want us groomed not grungey - what they call sleek chic.
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Waxing lyrical

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Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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