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

Motoring: For lovers of luggers

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

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: 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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project