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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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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

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Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen