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As John Taylor left court after hearing that his only daughter, Carrie, 24, was sitting two-and-a-half metres away from the explosion that blew up Aldgate underground station on 7 July and could not have been saved even if treated by paramedics earlier, he shook his head and sighed: "I guess we'll have to agree to disagree."

United nations of grief

As the death toll rises to 49, the missing come from all over the world

Students need a lesson in the facts of life

Would-be undergraduates need a crash course at the university of life, if the disturbing conclusions of a new report are true.

Obituary: Fredda Brilliant

FREDDA BRILLIANT was a sculptress whose gypsy creativity drove her to all corners of the world, crossing political barriers without regard. In the Thirties in Moscow, she embarked on her career, which flourished in India in the Fifties and Sixties, with moments of personal triumph in London, and which she later took to the United States.

Education: Are our degrees working?

Universities are being urged to teach students employability skills. But, asks Lucy Hodges, is this really a good idea?

Obituary: Alfred Rubens

EVEN AS a boy, Alfred Rubens was an avid collector. In the 1920s, he started to collect prints and drawings of Jewish interest and eventually built up a collection of world importance. When, in 1932, the Jewish Museum was founded in London by Rubens's friend Wilfred S. Samuel, he invited Rubens to join the museum's committee as its expert on prints and drawings. Rubens outlived all other members of that original committee.

Remembered, those who said `No' to war

Mark Rowe reports on a memorial service for conscientious objectors

ARTS : EXHIBITIONS : Star of Joyce's firmament

She was a good friend of James Joyce and illustrated 'Finnegans Wake'. But the late Stella Steyn never became famous. Now she has a new show; and she's not the only Irish woman in London

The genius and tragedy of Glasgow's Gaudi

A retrospective of the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh has just opened in Glasgow. Jonathan Glancey reflects on the unique talent of the artist and architect, and his thrilling synthesis of ancient and modern

BOOK REVIEW / Help] A Woolf in cheap clothing: Natasha Walter on a new life of Virginia Woolf, a woman deep enough to elude the grasp of biography: Virginia Woolf - James King: Hamish Hamilton pounds 22.50

THE VAST sausage-machine of the biography industry has done it again: clonked and twisted and plopped out another fat, predigested rendering of a literary figure. Virginia Woolf has been well treated up to now, with Quentin Bell's nicely turned two volume life, and various other intelligent studies from Phyllis Rose's to Lyndall Gordon's. Virginia herself and her friends left behind them a mass of everchanging colours that all these lives attempt to give form to: what with her books, her diaries, her memoirs, her letters, their letters and their memoirs.

Obituary: Nissa Torrents

WHEN Nissa Torrents left any company her interlocutors usually remained primed for hours after with ideas, topics for debate and a string of anecdotes about the most varied characters and personalities. That same sense of generated energy was provoked again on Monday but mixed with shock when her death was announced.

Young adults see Aids risk as 'remote'

MANY young people will use condoms when they have sex with a new partner but rapidly change to the pill if the relationship progresses, because they are more worried about pregnancy than sexually-transmitted diseases like Aids.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform