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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

LETTER : Protect species in wild, not zoos

From Ms Becky Smith

OBITUARY:Sir James Darling

James Darling was an Englishman who became a great Australian; and he was doubly a Victorian - he was born in the reign of Queen Victoria and he emigrated in January 1930 to the State of Victoria to begin what became a 32-year headmastership of Geelong Grammar School: one that proved of seminal importance to both that school and his adopted country. In Australia's Bicentennial year, 1988, he was one of 200 men and women formally designated Great Australians from the 200 years since the British settlement of 1788, one of only 22 then living, and the only headmaster among the 200. He has some claim to be called Australia's greatest educator.

ISIS GCSE results, 1995

ISIS GCSE results, 1995

No 28: So, you want to take the ghost train?

A weekly chronicle of the absurdities caused by the Government's privatisation programme

Babe Alex leaving home base

Any kid with an ounce of street cred would start planning revenge if his parents went on holiday alone and returned with just a pile of airport tat. (You've seen the T-shirt: "My parents went to Barbados and all I got...") But Alex Malhoudis was far from disappointed when his mother came back from New York in 1988 bearing baseball caps, a few programmes and the inevitable T-shirt. In fact, they changed his life.

No 26: So you want to go to Etchingham?

True stories from the Great Railway Disaster; A weekly chronicle of the absurdities caused by the Government's privatisation programme

Prefects back in fashion as schools look to leadership

Head girls and boys - and old-fashioned leadership qualities - are back in fashion and the girls are ahead of the boys in contests to lead their schools.

Selling cakes doesn't mean there's icing

Fran Abrams finds fetes and fayres now pay for a school's essentials. Meanwhile, Wendy Berliner has a ball in Bedfordshire

LETTER : Angry and joyful on VE Day

From Ms Sheila Sharp

Travel News

Trouble on t' tours

Not just a pretty mind

Book:AN EXPERIMENT IN LOVE by Hilary Mantel, Viking £15

Letter:Discreet digging for black gold

I WAS disappointed by your article "The blackstuff goes well beyond Windsor" (11 December). Your main premise misleads by implying that the issue of an exploration licence by the DTI gives carte blanche to unchecked oil and gas exploration in that area. This is not the case. Stringent local planning procedures must be adhered to for all drilling and production applications, as is indeed happening at Windsor. As far as I know, no such applications have ever been, or are likely to be, submitted for the well-known urban monuments that you list. Apart from many other considerations, most local authorities stipulate a minimum distance of 300 metres between a proposed drilling site and adjacent dwellings.

FOOD & DRINK / Grapevine: Kathryn McWhirter on a great Spanish region

WINEMAKERS normally fall over themselves to open bottles for visiting wine writers. Not so the makers of Vega Sicilia, Spain's most expensive red wine.

High morals running wild: Anna Pavord continues her Workshop series with advice for a couple who want a wildlife garden that is not just a mess

WE ARE attempting to create a garden which restores a little piece of land to nature, in essence a wildlife garden which looks attractive and where we can also grow native plants, vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Widows hit by tax rule blow: Sue Fieldman reveals how the date of a husband's death can cost his wife hundreds of pounds in lost benefit

THOUSANDS of widows are losing money on a tax benefit just because their husbands died at the wrong time of year.
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker