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


The National Collection holders are each guardian to a plant species. From stately gardeners to council allotmenteers, the common bond is a passion for their plants. Michael Leapman

Athletics: Holmes benefitting from new realism

SO IMMERSED was Kelly Holmes in her return to the athletics scene in Glasgow on Sunday that she missed the team bus back to the hotel because she was signing autographs. She knows now, however, that she is not going to miss the bus as far as the Commonwealth Games are concerned.

EATING OUT: Food, but not as we know it

THE ORANGE BALLOON; 150-152 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BB. Tel: 01732 368 008. Open daily for lunch 11am-3pm and Mon-Sat for dinner 6-11pm. Table d'hote menu served lunchtimes and Mon-Thurs evenings, one course pounds 8.50, two courses pounds 12.50, three courses pounds 16.50. Average a la carte price, pounds 20 p er person. Credit cards accepted

Food For Thought: Taste of the suburbs

Dining out in Fore Street, Hertford or Sydenham Road, SE26 may never have quite the same ring as Wardour Street or Notting Hill Gate, but things are definitely stirring in restaurant kitchens in the areas surrounding the capital.

Parliament & Politics: Cook is rebuked for arms telegram

ROBIN COOK was rebuked by an all-party committee of MPs yesterday after refusing to hand over telegrams relating to the Sierra Leone affair.

Letter: A grovel in Brussels

Sir: Your Business Outlook article on BA's problems over its proposed alliance with American Airlines (12 June) states that, in dealing with officialdom, "the first rule is to grovel, however humiliating the experience". What terrible advice to give! The Brussels bureaucracy is there to serve the Union, but too often is allowed to become the master.

Letter: March them off

Sir: Now that the majority of the Northern Ireland electorate have shown the Clockwork Orangemen where the door is, perhaps they will now be allowed to enjoy some of the benefits of being in the United Kingdom.

Faith & Reason: God's secret intention for the people of Brentwood

Has the Consevative Party been infiltrated by a born-again sect? Trevor Barnes reports

Parents who pick 'n' mix state and private schools

Gone are the days when parents decided once and for all whether or not to educate their children privately. Modern mums and dads are far more likely to shop around and switch tactic according to the needs of a particular child. By Elaine Williams

The dash to cash in on PEP allowances

Like greyhounds out of their traps, UK fund managers are streaking towards the 5 April end-of-year tax deadline, hoping to pull billions of pounds of investors' money in their wake.

Cricket: Gover remains the original player-maker

FOR three decades Alf Gover was the most famous cricket coach alive. His advice was sought and heeded by the great and the good from all over the world. The indoor school he ran in London was tantamount to a shrine and if players could not make a personal visit they wrote explaining their symptoms in the belief that Gover might have a cure. He was a guru long before such creatures became fashionable.

Letter: Labour and `Today'

Sir: I read with interest your article (13 December) about the Labour Party threatening to suspend its co-operation with the Today programme. I was disgusted by the Tory attitude to the BBC and now it seems that Labour is following suit.

Vegetarian CJD victim raises fears of `time bomb'

The latest victim of the fatal "new variant" Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (v-CJD) probably caught it from food infected with mad cow disease at a time when the disease was "underground" in the food supply, and 10 times less widespread than in the late Eighties. On that basis, there could be a rapid growth over the next 5-10 years in the number of v-CJD cases, with numbers rising steeply in proportion to that of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - which grew from the first case in 1985 to a peak of 36,681 in 1992.

Deep and meaningful

Developers should be delving into basements, writes Penny Jackson

Letter: Honourable end in Hong Kong

Sir: In reporting the end of British rule in Hong Kong there has been little mention that the event has finally brought about the end of a proud Crown Service, the origins of which can be traced back to 1837 before the first British presence there.
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