News The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police (the picture was posed by models)

The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police.

Arts: Is the writing on the wall?

Has painting a future? With 60 paintings by 60 artists `Examining Pictures" at the Whitechapel Gallery thinks it does. Tom Lubbock reluctantly begs to differ

Critics Chioce: Art

Thinking Aloud

Obituary: Arthur Boyd

THE DEATH of Arthur Boyd in Melbourne, Australia, in his 79th year is a great loss to Australian painting and a special sadness for those who have some knowledge of the richness and diversity of Australian painting in this century and have witnessed, if only at the irregular intervals of his London shows, the tremendous contribution to that richness made by Boyd during the past five decades.

Travel UK: Where rivals feared to tread

Trails of the unexpected: through the old-east London stamping- grounds of Ronnie and Reggie Kray. By Ed Glinert

Did Jack the Ripper kill a Hampshire schoolboy?

Sophie Goodchild weighs new evidence in a grisly murder unsolved for 110 years

Technofile: It's Wagneractive!

Wagner's greatest epic reborn as Ring - the computer game? Well, at least the Lara Croft-style Rhinemaidens will make Tomb Raider fans feel at home in Valhalla

Architecture & Design: A craftsman returns to his manor

The man who took art (and football) into Whitechapel is back, in a new exhibition. By Rosemary Hill

The Critics: Dumb, dumber and dumbest

Dumbpop Jerwood Space, SE1 Rosemarie Trockel Whitechapel Art Gallery, E1

Books: Booze and hisses for a man keen to please

Through a Glass Brightly: The Fall and Rise of an Alcoholic by Nick Charles, Robson pounds 16.95

Interiors: All pain no gain

Holiday homes needn't be quaint cottages closed off from the outdoors by tiny windows. Emma Marshall visits a house which two decades after its construction is still a rare example of what modernity can offer

Words: tsunami, n.

"IN THE near future aesthetic and cultural shifts in the planetary consciousness will move around the globe with the force and pace of tsunamis," remarks J.G. Ballard in the catalogue for the exhibition "Speed" at the Whitechapel. Probably all very true, especially after one has screeched to a halt and remedied ignorance of a word which must have been encountered when skimming through Golding's The Paper Men.

Arts: Back on the road to ruin

After years of obscurity, Gustav Metzger has returned with the art of self-destruction. By Imogen O'Rorke

Architecture: Softening London's hardest edges

The Architectural Foundation is using installation art to kick- start a debate in Britain's poorest borough.

Have I seen you somewhere before?

Like all popular painters, Peter Doig does work which looks curiously familiar, even when it's brand-new

Visual arts: Altered images

Peter Doig's exhibition in the Whitechapel Art Gallery this summer is the painter's first major show in a British venue, although the same space hosted a small show of the artist's work upstairs in 1991. Since then, his career has taken off at home and abroad; he won the John Moore's Prize in 1993, and in 1994, he was short-listed for the Turner Prize and won the Prix Elliette von Karajan.
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

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Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

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Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?