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A street artist tribute to Trigger might have moved commuters, but it seems staff at Southern didn't share their appreciation

Crime: What went wrong?

Last month, Neil Sayers and Graham Wallis were convicted of the brutal murder of their friend, Russell Crookes. The judge accused Sayers of being the unrepentant instigator, 'fuelled by violent slasher films'. But, as he begins a life sentence, his parents - to whom he protests his innocence - struggle to balance their revulsion at the crime with their love for their son. Here, for the first time, they speak exclusively to Rebecca Fowler

Warm winters boost warbler numbers

A BRITISH songbird that was once almost extinct is making a comeback, thanks to global warming.

Platforms shaved to fit new trains

RAILTRACK IS having to spend pounds 2 million to trim platform edges because of a "wrong kind of train" problem.

Video nasties `desensitised teen killers'

HORROR VIDEOS desensitised two teenagers so much they stabbed a close friend to death simply "for getting on their nerves", a judge said yesterday.

PC on murder charge after man shot in police raid

A POLICE officer has been charged with murder after a naked man was shot in his bedroom during a raid by armed officers.

Real Lives: `My hallucinations were addictive'

STEVEN WHITEWELL recalls how, like Etonian Nick Taylor and many a schoolboy before him, he played games that could have cost him his life

Letter: Budget losers

Sir: The Government's latest tax increase, which puts 17.5p on a packet of 20 cigarettes, will devastate low-income smokers and force more people into dishonestly buying cheap smuggled cigarettes.

`Now we want a woman bishop'

THE CHURCH of England is being forced to confront the prospect of female bishops, five years after the ordination of the first women priests.

Dilemmas: Why can't I make decisions?

Glenn finds decisions very difficult to make. Not just whether to move house, but whether to go to the movies or out to dinner. He's tried making plus and minus lists, but it doesn't help. How can he stop being the eternal ditherer?

Letter: IRA arms deadlock

IRA arms deadlock

Letter: Computer stock

Sir: My sons all use computers extensively at work. They assure me that many companies have storerooms full of serviceable but slightly outdated computers which are no longer in use. My daughters-in-law are all connected with teaching. They assure me that many schools are desperate for serviceable computers, which need not be of the very latest model but which the school budgets cannot be stretched to purchase.

Walks: Take the country in your stride

... all you need are a sturdy pair of boots and this encyclopedic list of hundreds of walks organised by the Ramblers Association

Letter: Primorolo's plea

Sir: The irony of Financial Secretary Dawn Primorolo's appeal last week to adult smokers to stop buying smuggled cigarettes is that it is her punitive tax policy that has caused the widespread smuggling epidemic.

Church puts female bishops on the agenda urged to study idea of female bishops

THE MOST senior woman in the Church of England is calling for a two-year study into the implications of allowing women priests to become bishops.

`Why shouldn't they get paid for their time?'

LINDA NELSON, the mother of healthy seven-year-old twins, Alice and Oliver, would never have had children if it wasn't for Kim Cotton, Britain's first surrogate mother.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links