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most totally neglected, the state of the Barking to Gospel Oak line has been of concern to passengers for some time. The collision last month ("Rail crash probe as 20 are hurt", 19 February) raises serious questions about the safety of the service.

Franchisees object to plan for Athena

FOLLOWING the storm overthe decision by Pentos to put its chain of 157 Athena poster shops into receivership, a second row is brewing over the 29 Athena franchises.

Site unseen: The Ancient House, Walthamstow

Some parts of London are fashionable, others are unfashionable. The unfashionable can be divided into two. There are the fashionably unfashionable - Kennington, Brixton, Tufnell Park, Limehouse - and the unfashionably unfashionable.

Protesters evicted from Euphoria

The 'State of Euphoria' was wiped out yesterday as the long-running campaign against the M11 link road neared its nemesis.

Superstore clash

Two east London boroughs are clashing over plans to build separate superstores within a mile of each other.

The Broader Picture: Crazy about the hair

YEARS AGO, everyone said African hair wasn't versatile,' said Donavon Nelson, organiser of the Afro Dizziac Hair Awards. 'Now we're showing the sky's the limit.' A 34-year-old Londoner with a background in the music business (he once managed Boney M), Nelson is determined to prove to the world that Afro hair-styles really can be avant-garde. Last weekend, he seemed to be succeeding.

Tumour patient's months of anguish

Health chiefs are under attack for making a man with a bladder tumour wait nearly five months for crucial tests that will show whether the growth is cancerous or not.

M11 home under threat

BULLDOZERS poised to demolish the east London home of 93-year-old Dolly Watson to make way for a link road will not be held back indefinitely while she remains in hospital, the Department of Transport said yesterday.

Warning over status of vehicle insurers

ANYONE buying car insurance should make sure the insurance company underwriting the scheme is authorised, writes Caroline Merrell.

Protester collapses

DOLLY WATSON, 93, who is due to be evicted from the house she was born in because it is in the way of the M11 link road in east London, was taken to hospital after collapsing in her home in Leytonstone.

Remembering Hitch

Up until now there has been little to distinguish the Jet petrol station which stands unceremoniously at 517 Leyton High Road in Leytonstone.

'Smog' protest over M11

Anti-roads protesters, some of whom climbed on to the roof of Transport Secretary John MacGregor's house in Muswell Hill, north London, earlier this year, yesterday turned their attention to his office.

Eggs 'exploded'

An importer of plastic egg boilers was ordered by the High Court to be convicted for failing to warn that eggs could explode if they were not pierced before cooking. The boilers, distributed by the Ackerman Group, of Chingford, east London, were designed to be used in microwave ovens. The judges sent the case back to the magistrates' court, which will hear mitigation and decide a penalty up to a maximum fine of pounds 5,000.

Fashion Update: Evangelista in E11

ON THE subject of Miss E, guess who was spotted out shopping for cotton wool - and not in the Champs- Elysees, either. Our spy reported a sighting in Boots, Leytonstone, London, of a woman so gorgeous my witness was about to tell her she could be a model. Then she realised she already was - and one of the 'super' variety. Vogue confirmed that Linda was indeed in town, although what she was doing in E11 remains a mystery.

Heart-op dog

A bull terrier called Sam made veterinary history by being the first dog known to have open-heart surgery, it was revealed. Now fully recovered, Sam, owned by Val Eaton, 52, of Chingford, was awarded joint first prize as London regional winner of this year's Heroic Pet Award.
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