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Lee Rigby survived a tour of Afghanistan which left seven of his comrades dead before he returned to what his family believed was the comparative safety of London.

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Last Friday, at the London Curzons "and at selected cinemas across the country", Citizen Kane opened in the closest to a general release it has enjoyed since 1941. "The greatest film ever made," said the ads. But then I noticed this reckless dismissal, this height of naivete - its "U" certificate. U! No parental guidance! No scholarly introduction? Just that enormous, complex, sensual experience, that song of power, the crowd and applause, that bottomless well of solipsism, for any six-year-old innocent enough to wander into the Curzon?

People and Business: To the Tower

THE TOWER of London has got a new boss. Alan Coppin is leaving Compass Group, the contract catering business where he is chief executive, to take the same title at Historic Royal Palaces, the charitable body which runs the Tower, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Kew Palace.

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THISTLE HOTELS has two new non-executive directors, courtesy of Brierley Investments of New Zealand, which has a 46 per cent shareholding in the company.

Lottery grant of pounds 6m for Tower

THE TOWER of London, home of the Crown Jewels and one of the country's busiest tourist attractions, is to receive a lottery grant of nearly pounds 6m.

Crest sells record number of homes

THE CHAIRMAN of Crest Nicholson, John Matthews, yesterday reported a good performance for 1998 when the upmarket housebuilder sold a record 2,210 units, nearly 60 per cent of them in the prosperous South-east and a similar proportion on the brownfield sites favoured by government policy.

Literary Notes: Bursting bodices and romantic beheadings

WHEN I was a child, my favourite book in the world was neither The Wind in the Willows nor Winnie the Pooh, but a battered volume in my parents' bookcase called The Tower of London.

Letter: Pinochet des res

Sir: I was puzzled by the Home Office's frantic search for secure accommodation for General Pinochet after his eviction from the clinic. Surely, as a prisoner of the state he is entitled to be locked up in the Tower of London. In fact, I think the General should insist upon it.

THE RUSSELL MURDERS; Josie's battle to win back her life

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Russell murders: How officers helped Josie to recover from trauma

DETECTIVE CONSTABLE Ed Tingley and PC Pauline Smith have given the last two years of their lives to aiding Josie's Russell's slow, painful and traumatic recovery. The two officers have coaxed memories of the murders and helped Josie come to terms with the brutal deaths of her mother and sister.

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Between a the odd session of indoor practice, light training in the gym, lunch, games of backgammon, and a yawn or two, Tim Henman was asked how he would feel if he was still at the All England Club a week next Monday.

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