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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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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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