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An architect has brought us perilously close to a world where morgues tower upwards

An eye for the bigger picture

After months of searching London, Thomas Kilpper found the perfect site for his vast woodcut. So why did he choose the 10th floor of an abandoned tower block?

Television Review: Last Christmas

COME CHRISTMASTIME, as surely as the roads get clogged up by exiles heading home for the holidays, so the ether gets jammed with ghosts and angels, rubbing people's noses in the consequences of their actions. Charles Dickens invented the genre in A Christmas Carol, and Frank Capra posted a variation in It's a Wonderful Life. In Last Christmas (BBC1), Tony Grounds combined elements of both stories with a related genre, the second-chance movie, in which dead souls return to Earth to settle unfinished business.

Leading Article: On a road to nowhere

WHEN THE first 70-mile stretch of the M1 between Watford and Rugby was opened by the Minister of Transport, Ernest Marples, on 2 November 1959, it was an event of enormous symbolism. No matter that our first motorway was some decades behind the German Autobahnen. No, this was progress and, for Britain, on a grand scale - the first link in a national grid of interconnecting routes that would move freight - not passengers in private cars - from one great manufacturing centre and market to another.

Rugby World Cup: Springboks' mindset difficult to determine

THE MAIN CONTENDERS New Zealand have the focus, Wales have the form while the Scots have shrewdness and South Africans are in transition

Leading Article: Housing policy must link with the market

HOUSING POLICY has a tendency to swing from one extreme to another, leaving the poor in forgotten backwaters of deprivation, washed up by the policies of the government before last. News that the Housing Corporation is to use taxpayers' money to knock down every third house in no-hope terraces in Manchester and Newcastle and turn them into rows of semi-detached houses is bound, therefore, to be dogged by the suspicion that, in one form or another, we have been here before.

Travel: One river, nine countries

Darius Sanai follows Europe's longest river from its tiny source in southern Germany to the Black Sea

Architecture: Transports of design over and underground

Within weeks Londoners should be riding the Jubilee Line Extension. One man had the job of co-ordinating the design of its striking new stations, and meeting the needs of travellers and local people.

Asylum cases hit record of 6,600 a month

BRITAIN'S asylum system was on the verge of collapse last night as official figures revealed that 6,600 asylum seekers arrived in July, the highest number ever in a single month.

Edinburgh: Memory, landscape and the buildings of our childhood

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