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

Your Questions: Is it ok to house a rabbit and a chinchilla together?

Q. My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving in together. He has a rabbit and I have a chinchilla. All the places we've seen are quite small so to save on space we're thinking about housing them together. Would that be all right? Sharon, via e-mail

Family Britain 1951-1957, By David Kynaston

One of the most arresting passages in Family Britain, the second instalment of David Kynaston's projected four-volume account of the period 1945-1979, takes in the opening of the controversial Kidbrooke school in Hunstanton, West Norfolk. Designed by the "iconoclastic" young husband-and-wife team of Peter and Alison Smithson, acclaimed by certain architects as a stunning example of the Le Corbusier-influenced New Brutalism, it featured what Peter Smithson's obituarist called "a brilliant planning solution of classrooms and staircases over two storeys and around a succession of small courtyards that eliminated all corridors". There was talk of the "clarity and simplicity" of its design, not to mention the "elegant integration" of its services.

Mary Dejevsky: Into the frozen heart of Asia's cold war

Seoul Notebook

Fish Tank (15)

Coming of age is also the keynote of Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, though its mood is one of anguish rather than nostalgia.

Juliet, Naked, By Nick Hornby

Compassionate comeback for the tracker of our tears

Beating blazes before they begin

There are thousands of domestic fires every year in Britain – and they can have deadly results. The best way to fight the flames? Preventing them in the first place

Antichrist (18)

What the devil's going on here?

Call for safety investigation of all tower blocks after fatal fire

Tenants had called for building to be demolished three years before

Questions asked over tower block escape routes

Blaze that engulfed several storeys of south London block leaves six dead, including three children

Two children die in tower block blaze

Two children died tonight after a fire ripped through a tower block, emergency services said.

Low-flying jumbo scares high-rise New York workers

Workers near the site of the 9/11 attacks had a major scare today when they spotted a low-flying jumbo jet escorted by two US fighters.

Forest Gate, By Peter Akinti Cape £12.99

Two teenage boys stand on adjacent tower blocks in the gritty, grotty east London suburb of Forest Gate, with nooses around their necks. They jump. Ashvin, a Somalian refugee, dies. His friend James, the youngest member of a notorious family of drug dealers, survives. Ashvin's sister, Meina, visits James in hospital – and as their relationship blooms, so too does the hope that they can escape the brutality and trauma they've each experienced.

Tim Smit: Breaking bread together will break down community barriers

Imagine a summer's day on which millions of us, throughout the UK, sit down to have lunch together with our neighbours: in the middle of our streets, around our tower blocks and on every patch of common ground. The food, entertainment, music and decorations we will have grown, cooked, or created ourselves. That's why The Big Lunch project is asking the people of Britain to stop what they're doing and sit down to lunch together, with friends and neighbours in July.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Colossus' bare-faced cheek helps ubiquitous Stelling to live large

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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