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Now a mental health campaigner, Jonny Benjamin wanted to find the stranger so he could thank him

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The week in culture

Bachmann presidential bid hits the buffers with John Wayne 'killer' gaffe

After an irresistible rise, Michele Bachmann appears to be experiencing a collision with political reality after the opening 48 hours of her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination were overshadowed by a minor gaffe, a potentially major scandal and a small, but worrisome, dip in her popularity.

The eccentric architecture of death

The restoration of Sir Richard Burton’s tomb may be a relatively small event – but it’s a very important one, says Jay Merrick

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Ray Davies plans to reunite The Kinks without his brother

Ray Davies is considering resurrecting The Kinks without his brother.

Letter from the editor: It's the little surprises

i’s only four months old and still a baby, but in addition to creating the regular features that have become the DNA of the paper (like this letter), we rack our brains in those daily self-improvement meetings we have when the sport’s not on the office telly to come up with little surprises for our readers.

Outrage after theft of Waterloo battlefield's 'irreplaceable' cross

A celebrated wooden cross, which miraculously survived a raging inferno during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, has been stolen from the battlefield. Fears were expressed yesterday that the 400-year-old cross, about 6ft high and 6ft wide, might have been stolen for a wealthy collector obsessed by Waterloo or Napoleon.

Cue Waterloo sunsets as Ray Davies stages festival

Former kinks frontman Ray Davies has been appointed artistic director of next year's Meltdown Festival, at London's Southbank Centre, just along the Thames from Waterloo Station, where Terry met Julie every Friday night in one of his most enduring songs.

Tube services hit by series of delays

London Underground passengers faced fresh delays today when services were disrupted on three lines because of problems including a failed train.

Album: Ray Davies, See My Friends (Universal)

For Davies, it's a chance to squeeze back into the songs that made his name – as any man of 66 might wish to revisit an old pair of jeans.

Signal failure hits Tube passengers

Thousands of London Underground passengers suffered fresh disruption today when a Tube line to the City was suspended because of a signal failure.

Sisters of Fortune, By Jehanne Wake

Daughters of the revolution

Last Night's TV: Waterloo Road/BBC1<br />The Eiger: the Wall of Death/BBC4

Waterloo Road – now into its sixth series – is kept fresh by periodic decapitation. One head goes and another arrives, to be stitched into place on the bleeding stump. The operation doesn't always take, though it's probably too early to say whether Amanda Burton, the latest replacement, will ultimately be rejected by the host body. She's certainly a matching donor in terms of her character, this particular headship calling for a melodramatic back-story (one recent headmistress had spent time working as a prostitute) and a positively magnetic ability to attract trouble. Mrs Fisher meets the first requirement since she's just taken a year and a half off to cope with the psychological trauma of having her oldest daughter go missing and things look very promising on the second count too. As one of her staff members put it – a little way into the chain of catastrophes that fills the timetable at Waterloo Road – "Parental punch-up, mass evacuation, asthmatic pupil... talk about a baptism of fire."

Shed Media profit increases by 22 per cent

Shed Media said it overcame a "turbulent" television market in the first half of the year as it reported a 22 per cent rise in adjusted pre-tax profits.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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