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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”.

In the ratings war, the Winner loses all

IT WAS A brutal, premeditated axeing. Last week, Michael Winner's True Crimes (ITV), a programme loudly going on about its ratings, was savaged by an unrepentant programme controller. In mitigation, it has to be said that the perpetrator of the killing was at the back of a very long queue: Winner's show was generally regarded as the salacious, sensationalist end of the wedge of television crime re-enactment. Lest it be thought, however, that the slaying signalled the demise of the genre, last night's schedules came up more loaded with the stuff than a blagger's lock-up.

Emily Green suggests . . . three good places to eat

CHELSEA: There are any number of arguments against naming a restaurant 'Aubergine'. In the case of Aubergine, 11 Park Walk, SW10 (071-352 3449), one would think the presence of a restaurant called 'Red Pepper' several doors down would suffice. It didn't. And it doesn't really matter: in Gordon Ramsay, Aubergine has one of the best young chefs in London. His repertoire is classical, and owes much to one of his mentors, Marco Pierre White, so diners might find braised oxtail en crepinette, delicate leek terrines, or as many as eight plump scallops on a plate. Puddings are provided from Mr White's Chelsea restaurant, the Canteen. Booking essential. Major credit cards. Open lunch and dinner Mon-Fri, dinner Sat.

Blackening racism: Many mixed-race families exist well and happily

White is one of many things I am. Black is one of many things my baby's father is. Normally I don't spend much time thinking about it, but there have been articles in the press recently that have made me think.

Party on down under: Australians avoid London's regular nightspots for more rough-and-ready entertainment. James Robertson visits the clubland of Oz

Have you ever felt like a stranger in your own country? There is a strong chance you will once you enter the twilight zone of Aussie clubbing.

True Gripes: Don't stop, thief: People do not seem to give a damn

What do you do when you see someone nicking something in a shop? Well, what do you do? Most of us, if we can, pretend - to ourselves as much as anything - that we haven't seen it.

Living on The Edge: Forgotten suburbs come into their own

In one of her early novels Iris Murdoch makes an important distinction between what she calls necessary and contingent areas of London. Anything west of Shepherds Bush, for example, is regarded by her central character as contingent and, in the Fifties, when the book was written, if someone had drawn a map of necessary districts of the capital, it would almost certainly have run from Shepherds Bush in the west to Tower Bridge in the east. Anything north of Camden Town would be dangerously close to contingent, and were you to find yourself south of Waterloo you would probably also be heading for urban irrelevance under Miss Murdoch's definition of the term.

THEATRE / Best of Danish: Robert Hanks on Jeppe of the Hill at the Gate

It's one of the mysteries of the theatre that when a group of outwardly sophisticated people is gathered together in the name of art, they will split their sides at humour so crude - in both senses of the word - that it would look limp and ungainly in the Wheeltappers and Shunters' Social Club. If Jeppe of the Hill was no more than the sum of its drunk routines and domineering-wife jokes - however engagingly put over by Jonathan Coyne - you'd be better advised to stay at home; judging from the gales of hilarity blowing around the Gate, though, this is a minority opinion.

Buyer stranded by 'obstacle in path': Solicitor sued over property transaction

NOEL SHERIDAN, 32, was pleased to complete the purchase of the flat he had found in a converted house in Shepherd's Bush, west London. It was reasonably quiet, close to shops, and handy for Queen's Park Rangers if he felt like watching football.

'Carjack' arrests

Police targeting 'carjack' gangs who prey on traffic-bound motorists said that they had made nine arrests in the past fortnight. After a spate of attacks in Shepherd's Bush, west London, seven juveniles and two men were arrested. Eight were released on bail and one man was being questioned about an attack on a female driver.

Food and Drink: The restaurant at the end of the universe: Lost in some other world, Chinon is a peculiar and pricey place. But the food is strangely good, reports Emily Green

The late Peter Langan used to say that the three most important things for a restaurant were location, location and location. He was wrong. Restaurants can and do work in odd locations. How else did 'tucked away' become a food writers' cliche?

The Best and Worst of Years: 1976

It was one of my early years as a single parent - before the phrase was much in use - and a gloomier time I cannot recall. I was clinically depressed, my mother was in and out of drying-out clinics and every day I woke up debating whether to kill myself today or hold on till tomorrow. Money was short, too, reducing me to taking in not washing but lodgers. Washing would have been more fun.

Travel: Silent night, lonely flight: Correction

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Captain Moonlight: Love's losers go out with a twang

THE CAPTAIN has a tear in his eye and a throb in his heart. It's hurting. Seems kids today want nothing to do with country music. According to the Policy Studies Institute, fewer than 1 per cent of 25- to 34-year-olds bought a country album last year. Even fewer 16- to 24-year- olds bought one. Nothing I have read recently has made me fear more for the future of this country. Generations are growing up without the knowledge that there are others out there who know the pain love brings and can sing about it. Dolly, Tammy and Johnny are on our side. They know life is Hobbesian, and their art is a defiant celebration of it.

Motorists die as rain and gales lash Britain

SEVERAL people died in a spate of accidents last night as gales and torrential rain swept across Britain.

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