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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 They assure me that many companies have storerooms full of serviceable but slightly outdated computers which are no longer in use.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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A new Russian revolution

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood

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