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Londoner Sam Roberts has been obsessively documenting Britain's brick adverts for posterity and has set up a blog to document the signs

FILM / Home from the Hollywood hills: Michael Caton-Jones left Broxburn for a London squat. A few stops later he's in Hollywood. From slate pits to snake pits, Sheila Johnston reports QBY: SHEILA JOHNSTON

Michael Caton-Jones grew up in a council house in Broxburn, near Edinburgh. His dad worked in the slate pits. Michael would deliver movie posters to the local shops in return for a free cinema pass. He left school at 15, went on the dole, dug ditches, worked in a chicken factory. Went to London, did the right, alternative things. Worked as a stagehand. Lived in a squat in Stoke Newington (before it was fashionable). Became a punk, dyed his hair. Joined a video workshop, made a film for pounds 400, with a cast of professional actors including Maureen Lipman, about the plight of the unemployed.

Letter shows death 'was avoidable'

THE LABOUR MP Bernie Grant yesterday released a letter written by Joy Gardner which, he said, proved that her death earlier this month was 'utterly avoidable', writes Stephen Castle.

Yardie gunman jailed for life

A'top-ranking Yardie gunman' was jailed for life for murdering a man and wounding two people at a party.

Inside Parliament: An emotional and bizarre performance: Former minister clashes with Speaker in resignation speech - Childcare Bill introduced - Pit closures attacked

Michael Mates sat down after his 28-minute resignation speech and clutched the woodwork of the bench in front of him, shaking with emotion. Resignation statements have become prime House of Commons theatre and the former lieutenant-colonel had given a performance that was courageous and bizarre.


The winner of a weekend for two in Dublin is Brian Docherty of Crouch End, London; the second prize goes to Peg Topping of Bournemouth; and the five runners-up prizes to Nigel Bartlett of West Hampstead, London; Ivy Dennett-Thorpe of Felixstowe; Sue Deakin of London NW11; Mrs S C Gibb of Tiverton, Devon; and Mr P Thompson of Stoke Newington, London.

Missing au pair found

An au pair who was reported missing almost two weeks ago has turned up safe and well in Ireland, police said. Simone Schleiffer, 20, from Germany, was found in a hostel in Galway and reunited with members of her family who had travelled to Ireland to join the search. She disappeared from the home where she was working in Stoke Newington, north London, on 3 April.

Police hold five over IRA attack on Harrods

ANTI-TERRORIST branch detectives last night released five of the 10 people detained after the broadcast of photographs of two IRA supects in the act of planting a bomb outside Harrods.

Architecture: An eye for a resting place

'CEMETERIES today,' says Bob Borzello, Italian-American head of the London greetings card company Camden Graphics, 'are dead places,' writes Jonathan Glancey.

Art and romance in England's suburbs

MY patronage of the arts is not quite on the Borgia scale, I grant you, but not everybody has commissioned a portrait of his family, 6ft by 4ft. It has been done by an old friend of Mrs North's. He is a proper artist: he has the haircut made famous - made into a statement - by Stanley Spencer and Eric Gill. He wears, of course, John Lennon spectacles, but they look pre-war on him. He smokes a pipe and wears the kind of Derbyshire tweed jackets with a different pocket for every species of prey. He lives, not in the Golden Valley between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye, where you expect there to be artists and poachers, but in Highams Park, just by more-famous Chingford, in north-east London, where you do not.

Killer escapes

A man jailed for killing his four-month-old daughter escaped from prison guards when he went to enrol on an English literature course. David Chapman, 41, from Stoke Newington, north London, gave two warders the slip at the Further Education College in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

PC in cell death case 'capable of violence'

A POLICE officer, who is accused of helping to cover up a murder at his station, is 'capable of serious violence', the Court of Appeal was told yesterday, writes Rachel Borrill.

Quiet streets and silent fears

THE WINDOWS of the wide Victorian house are shrouded in net. The quiet backstreet it lies in, not far from a green park, looks tranquil enough. A boy speeds past on a bicycle, in a black hat, his side curls and his long coat lifting in the wind. But here on Monday, in her own home, Miriam Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew aged 64, was murdered.

Computer systems helping schools to combat truancy

A GROWING number of schools are investing in computerised registration systems in their efforts to combat truancy.

Food and Drink: Gifts good enough to eat: Emily Green profiles a selection of specialist food shops and suggests tempting additions for the cheeseboard, sideboard and stocking

There is no better gift than food. I do not mean Quality Street, I mean quality. And at the right specialist, shopping can be pleasurable. This is true of Neal's Yard Dairy in Covent Garden. Founded in 1979, it has been at the core of the revival of interest in British and Irish farmhouse cheeses. It handles 60 cheeses, with perhaps 40 in stock at any one time. They are turned daily for even ripening. The 'mini' or 'baby' cheeses, perfect for gifts, include lancashires from Beesley Farm, near Goosnargh (4lb, about pounds 15). There is Duckett's caerphilly from Wedmore, Somerset (2lb, about pounds 8.50) or stilton wedges in ribboned blue boxes (2lb, pounds 12).

Police set road-blocks in effort to deter IRA: Armed officers join operation in London in an attempt to prevent terrorist bomb attacks during the run-up to Christmas

FREQUENT road-blocks by armed police officers are likely to continue in the London area until Christmas in an intensive effort to detect or deter IRA units operating in the capital, Scotland Yard sources said yesterday.
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