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As a study in the personal trials and tribulations of life in the office, John Van Druten’s 1931 play is a little closer in style and banality to Ricky Gervais than to the advertising agency in Mad Men.

Schools urged to help curb the spread of swine flu

Ministers today urged schools to adopt basic hygiene measures to help curb the spread of swine flu prior to an expected second wave of the virus this autumn.

Brothel bosses jailed for up to 14 years

A gang of "callous" sex traffickers and brothel bosses, who subjected a terrified teenager and a young mother to a nightmare of "sex slavery", were jailed for up to 14 years each today.

Primark: On the Rack, BBC1<br />Jews &ndash; The Next Generation, BBC4<br />British B-Movies: Truly Madly Cheaply, BBC4

Under-age garment workers, second generation Holocaust survivors ...thank goodness for a romp through Sixties zom-rom-coms

My life in travel: Eddy Grant

'If I go anywhere more than a few times, I keep a guitar there

Last Night's TV: Jews, BBC4<br />Tribal Wives, BBC2

At first glance, Samuel Leibowitz seems like a strange choice to begin a series about the lives of modern British Jews. It's not as if his experience is typical. He's Hasidic (big black hats, big black coats, Volvo estates to carry all the children), which places him in a small minority, but he's also a convicted drug-smuggler, which makes him a minority within the minority – a minority of one, in fact. Jonathan Goldberg, his lawyer, said that, in all the dozens of drugs cases he'd been involved in, he'd never had an orthodox Jewish client before. Then again, if you're wanting to talk about the tension between tradition and modernity, about the strains of living in a community based on rigid adherence to rules – well, who better could you ask for?

Anti-Semitic violence nears record level

The number of anti-Semitic attacks in Britain has reached its second-highest level ever, MPs have been told. Figures from a charity show 547 such incidents were recorded last year, of which a record 114 were violent assaults.

Hill fires Bristol's revival with rage for perfection

The former England captain talks to Chris Hewett about his side's Premiership potential and today's resumption of an old rivalry in the Powergen Cup at Gloucester

Faith & Reason: A religious traffic jam in Stamford Hill

The destruction of the Tower of Babel is, in our time, a deconstruction of the literalism that dogs modern views of religion. But what if diversity is a blessing rather than a burden?

Terror in London: Blacks, Asians and Jews on attack alert

IN MINORITY communities across Britain the question on everybody's lips after Friday's attack is: will we be next?

My son at the cutting edge

There were tears and tantrums the day Jack Shamash had his baby son circumcised. They mostly came from his wife

We don't need another hero: Interview: Bernard Butler

'It's hard for men to say "Hey, I cry, I'm sensitive, I want to look after my baby". But I see that as positive.' Admirable sentiments from 'The Neil Young of the Nineties'. But it's not very rock 'n' roll, now is it?

Man named by police in hunt for serial rapist

Police are hunting a serial rapist who is believed to have attacked four women in London, it was disclosed yesterday.

My lofty life amid the poor in the Ditch

"Write about the poor," I was told. "This loft living sounds perfectly Hogarthian." The glue-sniffing derelict who regularly kips in my doorway would totally endorse this description. "Fancy a shag darlin'?" he whimpered hopelessly at my kneecaps, as I tottered in from a trendy artisan bar last night. I slammed the door on his rake's rags. He was once a City-boy dealer in futures. Pity he couldn't foresee his own.

New Labour, old Labour and the old folks at home

We have had New Labour, now meet New Labor - not the Australian variety but the party fighting an election in London's East End.

Mental breakdown man who shot wife has firearms certificate for 18 guns

A businessman who shot dead his wife had been legally allowed to keep an arsenal of weapons, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. Despite suffering a mental breakdown, David Wells, 49, of Stamford Hill, north London, had certificates for 18 guns, including shotguns and handguns.
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