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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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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

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Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine