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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Increase in trains passing red lights `puts lives at risk'

MORE lives will be lost on the railways unless urgent action is taken to prevent an increasing number of trains - two a day on average - passing red signals, the Government's safety watchdog warned yesterday.

Store's staff go to war

John Lewis calls its employees 'partners', but the paternalistic chain of stores is denying them a pounds 100,000 windfall. Emma Cook reports

EDUCATION: MAKING THE MOST OF A SECOND CHOICE

Sarah Flynn (right), 23, did A-levels in home economics, chemistry and biology at Watford grammar for girls. She was predicted to get CCD and had a place to study nutrition and dietetics at King's College London on CCC. But she didn't make the grades and switched to food and consumer studies at the University of North London (UNL).

Letters: Quantum nudge

Quantum nudge

Go Higher: The North - Your indispensable guide to student life

The North: Studying in the North is a chance to experience beautiful scenery and a vibrant culture. By Chris Brown

Letter: Choked city

Sir: Ken Livingstone's blueprint to end the transport misery in London makes several positive suggestions but is silent on the cost of car parking at commuter stations.

Rugby Union: Horan opts for home comforts

TIM HORAN, who played a key role in Australia's Cook Cup victory over England last month, has decided against moving to Bristol. The Memorial Ground club had been hopeful Horan would join them after this autumn's World Cup.

Catalogue of Errors

More than 130 serious collisions or derailments have occurred since the privatisation of Railtrack in the spring of 1996, including three major incidents:

Kingfisher and Asda pay pounds 72m in merger costs

KINGFISHER AND Asda yesterday revealed that the costs of their planned pounds 18bn merger will be pounds 72m of which almost pounds 30m will be paid to advisers. The lion's share of the fees will be paid to Warburg Dillon Read, which acted for Kingfisher and Merrill Lynch and Cazenove which acted for Asda. The details were included in the merger document which was posted to shareholders yesterday.

Theatre Review: The Late Middle Classes

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Theatre: A family at war

THE LATE MIDDLE CLASSES

The 50 Best: How to avoid the Christmas turkeys

A trip with the family to see a show is as much a part of the festive season as Christmas pudding and brandy butter. But there's more on offer these days than ever before, with hundreds of theatre and dance events to choose from. So, helped by our expert panel, we've rounded up the best in live entertainment this Christmas, from ballet to puppet shows, and from fairy tales to feminist panto. Enjoy yourself? Oh yes you will ...

Rugby League: Long locates right attitude at last for Britain

Great Britain 23 New Zealand 23

Rugby league: Difficult Britain debut for Long

ONLY PRIDE to play for. It is one of the hoariest and most vacuous cliches in sport, but Great Britain need to invest it with some meaning today if the season is not to end on a profoundly depressing note. Andy Goodway's side goes into the third Test at Watford this evening with a home series against New Zealand already lost - for the first time in 27 years.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003