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

Meanwhile, the 'human mole' bites the dust

A retired civil engineer whose 40-year habit of tunnelling under his home led to him being removed to a top-floor flat in a tower block has died, leaving council bosses with a further bill after it was revealed he had continued his burrowing habit even when living several hundred feet above the ground.

Any Given Day, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Linda McLean's new play for the Traverse is actually two plays, a diptych in which the relationship between the two doesn't become apparent until very near the end, when we can see the full arc of these regretful, terrified, but somehow still hopeful characters sink into the depths of brutal despair, be lifted briefly by the promise of a good day amidst the misery and then find themselves inevitably crushed once more after the curtain has dropped.

Michael Bywater: This is what men do. They fight each other, and then they make friends

The exchange of grunts across the bar can convey as much information as two women would need an entire evening and two bottles of Jacob’s Creek to get across

Eurydice, Young Vic, London

"We Said We'd Never Look Back" from Salad Days might be the signature tune of Orpheus, if he hadn't had better ones already composed for him by Gluck and Monteverdi, so American playwright Sarah Ruhl is at least wise enough not to mess with the music in her mythical re-write.

Deal struck to avoid New York doormen strike

An agreement was reached between New York City doormen and building owners, averting a threatened strike.

Grand National: Picking a winner is easy as 1-2-3

The art of backing the right horse is simply a numbers game with a foolproof formula. Well, almost...

Family express guilt over firemen deaths in their home

A couple have expressed their feelings of guilt for the fire that ripped through their flat, killing two firemen.

Firefighters killed in tower block blaze hailed

Two firefighters killed as a tower block blaze raged "completely out of control" were hailed for their bravery today.

Living in Ghostland: the last Heygate residents

It was once home to 1,200 families. But now just 54 souls can be found on the Heygate, the south London estate condemned years ago. So why are they still there? Charlotte Philby finds out

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Our asylum policy is a national disgrace

Fractured histories have inspired some of the most talented people on earth

Call for inquiry into Glasgow tower suicides

Charities demand changes to immigration policy after death of Russian asylum-seekers

Glasgow flats plunge kills three

The deaths of three people who plunged to their deaths from a high rise block of flats are not being treated as suspicious, police said last night.

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Politicians who togged up for life in a local tower block seemed less at home than a Burmese family relocating to Sheffield

Paul Barker: Let us treasure the suburbs, our landscape's string of pearls

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

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20 best days out for the summer holidays

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