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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

Bunhill: Famous flock to the family feast

ON 3 NOVEMBER, at Tallow Chandlers Hall, Spitalfields, a dinner party will be held for a very select band of people indeed - the Cazalets.

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.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links