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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

Got a spare pounds 100,000?

The cost of child-rearing, from conception to coming of age, can be staggering. Emma Haughton adds up the most expensive decision you'll ever make

Ready to wear: Give 'em the bold shoulder

One-shoulder tops, where did this trend come from? It is our duty, of course, to show you the major looks, but this is one I am not impressed with. Who can wear them apart from the very young, slim/toned and small of bosom? You can wear a multi-way bra of course, but unless you have quite a small bust - in which case you can probably forgo a bra for once - they just don't work. Then you get that flabby bit of skin under your arms, that most women get unless they're really fortunate, and that doesn't look great with OSTs. I think exposing one shoulder is a cute idea, it looks great on fashion pages and it might just work for evening. But if you wear one to work, take your sense of humour with you.

Competition winners: from mung beans to Blackpool rock - the essential travel items

When I was a security guard frisking passengers at Gatwick airport, The Independent had not been born. If it had, perhaps I would have discovered mung beans, screwdrivers or empty wine box inners among readers' cabin baggage. After my request for your travel essentials (besides passport, ticket and cash) these exotic items were among readers' responses.

Election '97: The best education money can buy for Cabinet members' children

John Major (Prime Minister): Both son James and daughter Elizabeth went to Kimbolton independent school in Cambridgeshire.

LETTER : Tortoise and hare

Sir: Your supplement on primary school league tables was illuminating. Who would have thought that among Bolton schools, Top-of-the-Brow would have been beaten by Plodder Lane?

Letter: Mellor's style has its merits

Sir: I disagree with Matt Tench's comment in his article on Danny Baker (8 March) that David Mellor's style on the Radio 5 Live phone-in programme Six-0-Six is "patronising" and disagree with his comparisons of Mellor to "a lord of the manor" talking to "his estate workers".

How Bamber Gascoigne ruined our youth Bamber took the challenge and stole my show

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

LETTER : Casualties of the fight for animal rights

Sir: Polly Toynbee ("The Relative value of mice and men", 10 December) invokes the pro-vivisection group Seriously Ill for Medical Research. This organisation was a response to an earlier-established group called Disabled Against Animal Research and Exploitation, whose members - many of whom are profoundly disabled - object to the use of animals on both moral and scientific grounds.

Insurers give gay couples an even break

Gay couples and unmarried heterosexual partners can often have problems getting the discounts available to the married on annual travel insurance policies, writes Steve Lodge. These discounts often amount to a couple paying just one-and-a-half times the single person's rate.

Letter: Music lessons are for art's sake

Sir: On Saturday I found myself in the company of four young teachers ("Labour warns of acute teacher shortage", 2 September). One, an art educator, had already left school work to undertake further training. She will not return to teaching "if she can help it". All the other three, one primary and two secondary, are considering leaving the profession.

dilemmas; Generation gap

Divorced, 43 and with two teenagers, Clem is in love with a devoted, kind young man of 25 who virtually lives with her and is very anxious to marry her. They've been together for 18 months and he says it doesn't matter if they can't have children. But when he's 50, Clem will be over 70. Would he still care, she asks? And would this be the right move for him?

Letter: Rationalists on the run

Rationalists

Ex-wife asks for more

Dilemmas: Money troubles led to David's divorce - his wife said he was mean; he said she was profligate. He pays generously, he feels (just over the CSA estimate), towards his 13-year-old son's maintenance, but now his ex says she can't afford her share oed-for school trip. Should David make up the pounds 50 difference - he can afford it - or should he draw the line now?dilemma

College 'unfair' to public schools

It was a claim to make comprehensive headteachers chuckle. After years of struggle against the public school bastion that was Cambridge, it appears the tide has turned in their favour. This time it was a public school's head who was crying "Unfair!"

Letter: Blake's 'Cymru'

Sir: R Beynon (letter, 21 May) will be surprised to learn that a considerable body of Welsh souls are inspired to sing "Jerusalem" - and in Welsh as well.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee