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

Despair, pride and unconfined joy at moment of truth: Fran Abrams reports on the mixed fortunes of some A-level candidates who learnt their fate yesterday

Amanda Parr, who came top out of more than 18,000 A-level Humanities candidates yesterday, was turned down by Cambridge University earlier this year, writes Judith Judd.

Athletics: A tough woman soldiering on with two careers: The dynamic Corporal Holmes has to make a career choice that is anything but elementary. Mike Rowbottom reports

KELLY HOLMES is 5ft 4in and eight and a half stone. She is quietly spoken, with a ready smile. But she has - she points out - a very loud voice when she shouts.

Danger of diminishing returns: Even if the Inland Revenue fails to send a tax return, the onus is on the taxpayer to come clean

MANY taxpayers, including married women, who ought to have been sent a tax return this year, have not received one.

Saturday Night: Shooting my first musical

The Wasted Weekend begins on Friday 13 May, when I arrive at Metrovideo to pick up the Hi-8 camera. My mission: to document a return coach trip from Wandsworth's Final Frontier club to the Mecca of electronic dance music, the Omen club in Frankfurt.

Appeals: The Opera Company

The Opera Company, which produces classical opera in the South-East of England during the summer months, is appealing for pounds 50,000 to pay for this year's season. Founded five years ago, the company is planning two operas this year - Il Seraglio, a new production, and The Magic Flute - to be performed at Bromley, Brighton, Canterbury, Chichester, Crawley, Guildford, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. The company employs young singers at the beginning of their careers.

Letter: Tories lie about council tax

WHY IS no one incensed at the outrageous lie pushed by the Tories that the fact that the average council tax per tax band in Tory council areas is less than the equivalent in Labour or Liberal Democrat areas proves that 'Conservative councils cost you less'? It proves nothing of the sort. It merely proves that the combination of specific ratios of various tax band properties in any one area, together with the Heseltine formula, result generally in a higher tax in all tax bands in any council area where the lower tax band properties predominate, even if the local council does a superb job at keeping costs down. Neither the ratios nor the formula are in the control of the local council. In other words, if there are more lower-banded houses in a district the tax in each band must be higher.

MOTORING / High chairs and holidays competition winners

The answers to the questions in the competition that we ran on page 60 of our 6 March issue were:

Letter: Shame to the third generation

Sir: Your article 'Spielberg brings Holocaust home to Berliners' (5 March) recalls to mind a visit my wife and I made to Berliner friends last summer. I asked their daughter what she was doing for her summer holiday. She said she was going to Auschwitz. I'm not sure exactly what young Germans do there, but clearly it is an act of atonement. I replied that I didn't think that is what a girl of 16 should be doing for her summer holiday.

Letter: A banned school trip that caused no outcry

Sir: Regarding the 'Romeo and Juliet affair', a few years ago the then Conservative head of Kent County Council banned schools in the county from attending a performance of Benjamin Britten's opera Death in Venice because it had a homosexual theme.

Siege man arrested

A man was arrested by armed police after a 25-hour siege at a house in Tonbridge, Kent.

Baby death case

A 53-year-old man is to appear in court charged with murdering a new-born baby at Tonbridge, Kent, in 1992.

Money: Giving in a charitable way

Charities Aid Foundation has developed a Charity Gift Voucher which comes in multiples of pounds 10, pounds 25 and pounds 50, in a greeting card. Available from: Bridget Jones, Charities Aid Foundation, 48 Pembury Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2JD.

Leading Article: Grammar schools as a springboard to power

A SOCIAL scientist's role is often to tabulate social changes widely assumed to have taken place. So it is not surprising, but is encouraging, to learn from Professor Leslie Hannah of the London School of Economics that a big shift has taken place in the past 15 years at the top of Britain's leading 50 companies. In a lecture this week to the Foundation for Manufacturing and Industry, Professor Hannah revealed that whereas in 1979 only 14 of the companies' chairmen had been educated at state schools, their number this year has risen to 29, while those from fee-paying schools sank to 15.

Little acorns have to contend with mighty oaks as the Faldos of the future swing into action

Youth branches out: Tonbridge and Eastbourne College won yesterday's Golf Foundation Schools Championship qualifier at Lamberhurst, Kent.

Obituary: Rowan Bentall

Leonard Edward Rowan Bentall, businessman: born Surbiton 27 November 1911; commissioned, Royal Welch Fusiliers 1941; Merchandise Director, Bentalls 1946-63; Managing Director 1963-78, Chairman 1968-78, President 1978-93; Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London 1977; Lord-Lieutenant's Representative Deputy, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames 1979-84; married 1937 Adelia Hawes (died 1986; three sons, two daughters), 1987 Katherine Allan; died Broughton, Hampshire 24 July 1993.
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada