Environment Nadhim Zahawi (right) is an adviser to the Prime Minister

Nadhim Zahawi says 'massive, irreversible damage' is being caused

Letters: A Briton abroad

A Briton abroad

Letter: Foxes and lobsters

Sir: I am getting very worried. I catch flies using a sticky fly paper, and I know they die very slowly. Do you think Mr Blair will ban this method of "fly culling"?

Festival: Theatrefair 99

Ever fancied yourself as a Shakespearean swashbuckler, or harboured a desire to test your tonsils on one of Bill's seminal speeches? This five-day festival is packed with workshops, tours and demonstrations enabling you to share in the magic of the theatre - and perhaps create a little of your own. In Sword Play, for instance, director Terry King deconstructs a stage fight to explain its choreography, while in Finding Your Voice, Andrew Wade, the head of the RSC Voice Department, will provide tips on using your voice effectively in performance. Sessions are pounds 2.50 and there are many free events running throughout the festival. A career desk will also be on hand to point aspiring thesps in the right direction.

Screaming Lord Sutch is found hanged at home

By Linus Gregoriadis And Colin Brown

Theatre: A little black mischief

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Theatre: Legends of the Fall

Kinky sexual experiments were being shown on stage long before Shopping and Fucking. Marivaux played dangerous gender games in his 1744 play La Dispute. It's a natural for director Neil Bartlett.

Last Call: First Call, Last Call

RICHARD III is one of Shakespeare's most bloody plays, ever popular with audiences for its portrayal of evil. It's a complex task for an actor to elicit any sympathy for the lead, as Richard represents a type of evil which cannot be easily explained. So, it is a tribute to Robert Lindsay's ability, taking the title role here in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's production, that he doesn't just comes across as a soulless man intent on political domination at all costs. Directed by Elijah Moshinksy.

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IN WHICH painting by which painter can you find these old rocks?

Travel: Et tu, Tinky Winky?

There's a clash of the Titans taking place in Stratford. Laa Laa, Tinky Winky and co are coming head to head with the Bard.

Insurers count cost of Easter floods

PEOPLE living in the Midlands and East Anglia breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as river experts announced that the flooding is almost certainly over.

Leading Article: Harbingers of doom

TALK ABOUT apocalypse now. It's has been a busy Easter for the four horsemen. First there was flood (in Stratford-upon-Avon) and now ... termites have been reported invading southern England. In these fin- de-siecle circumstances, it is perhaps surprising there is not more sign of millenarian panic. The last time round in 999 holy men and cultists made a good living predicting the end of civilisation as they then knew it.

School to teach Jeeves a lesson

ONE IS not entirely sure what Jeeves would have made of it. An arched eyebrow perhaps, or a short bout of discrete throat-clearing. Or perhaps, as the Lady Apsley School for Butlers yesterday showed off its first graduates, Jeeves might have ventured, in a moment of uncharacteristic indiscretion, that butlers are born and not made.
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home