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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

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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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