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

'We just want Lucy to talk to us'

Jonathan Brown's three-year-old daughter is bright and happy – but struggling to speak. Just how worried should her parents be? He describes their search for answers

The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn off Your Mind, By Gary Lachman

Briefly a bassist with Blondie before moving to the UK, Lachman was too young to turn on with Leary or drop out in Haight-Ashbury. Nevertheless, he has produced an impressively researched guide to the odder aspects of a weird decade. Lachman reveals the Sixties as a period when the credulous were willingly led by the duplicitous. Spiritual tourists resurrected forgotten gurus like Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Blavatsky and the creepy Crowley.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall... but don't worry, he'll be fine

The BBC has softened the ending to the nursery rhyme

Doctors urge total ban on alcohol adverts

There should be a total ban on alcohol advertising, including happy hours and sponsorship of music and sporting events, doctors' leaders said today.

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, By John Curran

What was it? Agatha's not quite certain yet...

Album: V.V. Brown, Travelling Like the Light (Island)

A refreshing alternative to run of production-line soul divas

Beat writers to get the Hollywood treatment

Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs feature in three new films

A briefs history of time

The changing shape of our bras and knickers over the past 100 years offers intimate insight into women's lives. Harriet Walker delves into the nation's drawers

Mood music can help babies cope with pain

Playing music to babies in hospital can ease their pain and help with feeding, according to research published today.

Unordinary People: A celebration of British youth culture

British youth culture over the past 50 years has epitomised rebellion and self-expression. As a new exhibition opens, Charlotte Philby offers a snapshot of the young at heart

Parties: The life and Soul of a city

There was a clash of London subcultures as Old Street scenesters relocated to South Kensington for the launch of the Soul i-D exhibition last week. Christie's Auction House is a far cry from the grungey youth culture that Terry Jones' magazine tends to nurture, but it provided a well-lit (and well-to-do) backdrop for the launch of the street-style bible's latest expo, which includes visuals from Alexander McQueen and Terry Richardson.

Deborah Orr: Let's keep this loner in perspective

‘Only sectioning Barry George under the Mental Health Act can bring him some of the support he needs’

Hector Zazou

Further to Jon Lusk's obituary of Hector Zazou (10 September), writes Ken Hunt, Pierre Job's alias had a far greater resonance than merely alluding to a post-war hipster subculture. Les Zazous were the French manifestation of an anti-fascist youth subculture that sprang up in many occupied countries in the 1930s and 1940s. They allied themselves with swing jazz – labelled degenerate by the Nazis – and listened and danced to it at great personal peril. Such a person in France was a Zazou, in Czechoslovakia a Potapky (ducking and diving like "great crested grebes") and in Germany and Austria a Schlurf – a taunting term of abuse for sluts and louts turned around.

Reprieve for 'model' student who was sent back to Nigeria

An immigrant who was deported to Nigeria despite being honoured by the Church of England for his contribution to British society has been given the right to return to the UK.

The Weasel: The daily grind

Despite having an enjoyable time with Henry Hitchings's etymological ramble The Secret Life of Words (Murray, £16.99), I found myself getting into a froth on page 320 where he explores the topic of cappuccino.

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