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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.

Tower Block of Commons, Channel 4<br/>True Stories: Moving to Mars, More4

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

With their concern for price and privacy, these modest homes are green too
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there