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A dated and mild-mannered sitcom is saved by  its casting, but a social experiment goes phut

Habits: Most drug users are happy, successful people with a taste for the good life

Most young drug users are not stereotypical sad, lonely losers, according to a new study. Jason Bennetto and Benjamin Todd examine the findings of a report that suggests the Government needs to rethink its drugs policy.

Theatre Review: Rough ride

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Be here now. Alternatively do a degree in it

Fancy decoding the semiotics of the skateboard? How about a module of Intermediate Moshing? Matthew Sweet analyses Youth Studies

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Youth Culture: Dangers that lurk in the shadows of clubland

Every weekend, millions of young people take illegal drugs and dance in dark rooms filled with loud music. But there are many dangers lurking in the shadows. Next month a meeting of club owners, doctors and police will discuss how to make it a safe pastime. Paul McCann reports.

Youth Culture: Judge Jules is Radio 1's new dance weapon

Radio 1 has poached its fourth star disc jockey from its rival station, Kiss FM, as it moves itself relentlessly into the dance music arena.

Whatever happened to Weekends?

It was the aftermath of World War Two and the advent of the mainstream leisure which created the weekend as we know it. Before this, the larger portion of the population were deeply deprived, far too busy contending with acute unemployment and widespread poverty.

The war on drugs is a dialogue of the deaf

Over recent weeks a succession of backbench MPs, senior police and community figures have been calling for a rethink on the so-called "war on drugs". Last month the Government called for applications for the post of "Drugs Czar", an impressive-sounding post whose holder will be responsible for harmonising Britain's ragged drugs policy. And following the shooting to death of a five-year-old boy in Bolton, the Prince's Trust and the Police Foundation have announced an inquiry lofty enough to earn the epithet of an unofficial Royal Commission into drugs.

Charity to study need for drug law change

A "long overdue" inquiry into the effectiveness of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act was announced yesterday by an independent research charity.

100 days of Labour: how Blair's revolution has taken shape

Agnes Severin and Louise Hancock on youth's reaction to the new regime

LETTER : The baby boomers betrayed us first

The baby boomers were those born in the late 1940s, conceived when the servicemen returned from the war, and do not include those born earlier ("Baby boomers find that growing old is not so absolutely fabulous", 1 June). Few will remember the austerity that followed the war, let alone the war itself or the depression that preceded it. For most, their earliest memories are of the "never had it so good" years.

An exchange of hostilities

Youngsters are saying `nein' to living with a strange family abroad, as Diana Hinds discovers

Under the Internet

HARD, SOFT AND WET: The Digital Revolution Comes of Age by Melanie McGrath, HarperCollins pounds 5.99

Abstractly fabulous

Shops, clubs and bars are buying abstract art - and instant cultural cred

The Intelligent Consumer: Style police - The Seventies: Just say no

A little playful irony is all very well, but faun nylon trews and flicked hairdos? Enough is enough, demands James Sherwood
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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