News Hanging Rock is under threat

Protest meetings – and even a protest picnic - held at the site as petition with 5,000 signatures urges council to reconsider

Poetic Licence: A Brief History Of Morse

After 160 years of helping to save lives, Morse code was officially replaced worldwide this week by satellite and ground-based technology. The system, devised in 1840 by the American portrait painter Samuel Morse, will no longer be used for maritime distress signals.

Granada back from the blink

The TV rentals arm has focused on improving its repair service. Roger Trapp reports

Travel: Climb aboard the real Euro star

A sprint to Paris or Brussels pales in comparison. Take a proper train journey to Budapest on the original Orient Express.

Railtrack ditches piggyback plans

AN INNOVATIVE plan to cut the number of lorry journeys by transferring freight to rail has been shelved in a move that will anger the industry and cut across Government policy.

Motoring: Future of Ford is in Focus

They said it couldn't be done - but the car giant has found a successor to the Escort

Games People Play: Barry Lategan, 62, photographer

GOLF IS not a game you play casually or instinctively. It requires tremendous mental preparation, and at the same time it's very relaxing. Walking, and interrupting the walking with the moment when you hit the ball: that act of concentration is something that I find very stimulating.

Bargain Hunter: Car of the week: Dream machine

WHICH CAR symbolised the mad, bad Eighties? Was it the yuppie wagon BMW 3-series, or maybe the sloaney Golf GTI? Neither. If any vehicle symbolised the flash, look-at-me era, it was the Lamborghini Countach, conspicuous consumption on alloy wheels.

Passport: Magnus Mills - 'It was cool being beeped by a NY bus driver'

Although he is keen to distance himself from being the PR novelty of a literary bus driver, it's harder for Magnus Mills to disassociate himself from his interest with travelling by road. "A few years ago I was on holiday in New York. We went to eat at this restaurant which was up some back streets and near all these warehouses. When we came out, there was a bus waiting outside. The driver had got off to get some coffee and I just couldn't resist stopping to have a chat with him. We talked about where we lived and the hours we worked on the buses. A couple of days later we were walking down one of the main avenues in New York and he passed us and tooted his horn. I thought that was quite cool, being beeped by a New York bus driver."

Motoring: New soft-top's a smooth mover

Why has VW updated the Golf Cabriolet? The answer lies blowing in the wind, says John Simister

Bargain Hunter: Car of the week - The Golf's cool cousin

THERE ARE more than 17 million Volkswagen Golfs in circulation. However, when it comes to Golf Rallyes, the tally is a mere 5,000. So the Rallye is rare and very special indeed. The unique engine is supercharged, it is four-wheel drive, and the flared arch bodywork never graced another Golf.

NORTHERN LIGHTS IN TIGHTS

Nobody at the Pule Side Working Men's Club particularly thought about performing their all-male panto anywhere other than the village hall. Not, that is, until they got the offer to go on tour to Bridlington

Parents' Guide: Support From Afar

Carol and Shan Gallagher have four children and live in rural North Yorkshire. Sarah, 21, their eldest, will begin her final year of a media studies degree at Napier University, Edinburgh; Rebecca, a year younger, is studying food science at the University of Nottingham. Joe and Emily are still at school

Travel: What do you wear to a pow-wow?

Watching Indian ceremonial dances used to be a hair-raising experience for palefaces - in more ways than one. Today, writes Lynne Patrick, you can see the spectacle and keep your scalp intact

Motoring: For lovers of luggers

John Simister tests the efficiency, handling, style and ride of Citroen's new Xsara Estate

Motoring: Citroen goes for a round with Golf

Citroen found itself a new market with the ZX, now with the Xsara it's competing with the Volkswagen, says John Fordham
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

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Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

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The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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