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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

The American Boy by Andrew Taylor

A gothic tale of mystery and imagination

Property: Stepping Stones - One woman's property story

HELEN PETIT has bought seven properties over the years. Her story starts in Islington, London in 1972 where, with a friend, she bought a house for pounds 11,500:

You ask the questions: Ken Russell

(Such as, Ken Russell: is it true that you always wanted to be a ballet dancer?)

Real Homes: Home sweet second home

A flat in town and a cottage in the country? How frightfully posh. Not really, says KATE WORSLEY - it's cheaper than you might think

Old games are more than child's play

THE BOYS and girls go out to play at Grange Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent. They chant "Ring a Ring O'Roses" and skip across the hopscotch squares like generations of schoolchildren before them.

Parliament: Benefits in kind attacked

ASYLUM SEEKERS

The secret of my success: Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott is Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. She was the first black woman to be elected to Parliament.

Dance: When your set provides a rude awakening

SHOBANA JEYASINGH GARDNER ARTS CENTRE BRIGHTON

Obituary: Sir William Mars-Jones

"FAIR, FAIR but firm," was the view of one barrister learning of the death of William Mars-Jones. It is a sentiment likely to be echoed by those who appeared before him and not a few defendants. Although he may have presided sternly whilst on the bench, unlike many of his generation he was not a man who believed that, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the authorities were incapable of behaving badly from time to time. When he found they had, he acted accordingly.

Deaths in Custody

BRIAN DOUGLAS: Suffered brain damage when hit by US-style baton after being stopped for bad driving in 1996. Died five days later. Police said a blow was aimed at the 33- year-old's arm because he was carrying CS gas and a knife.

X-treme: Getting on top of it

"There's absolutely no way you can fall," centre manager, Mike Lamb says. At the Castle Climbing Centre in Stoke Newington I'm standing at the foot of a 12 metre man-made rock face, about to start my first ascent.

X-Treme: Three places to try rock climbing

The Castle Climbing Centre

Mandelson claim banned on BBC

THE BBC has banned mention of Peter Mandelson's sexuality from its programmes. Anne Sloman, the BBC's chief political adviser, editorial policy, issued a memo to this effect last night to all controllers of radio and television programmes.

Restaurants: Bites

Turkish tripe soup, oysters and satay: Caroline Stacey's guide to where and what you can eat in London after midnight

Rural bliss in N16

Media couple Rob and Clare Steiner have swapped their achingly chic white apartment on the urban front line for the lived-in look, complete with labrador, in that famous oasis of bucolic peace, Stoke Newington. James Sherwood reports. Photographs by Mykel Nicolaou
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