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It's getting hot in here: Writer Simon Usborne's thermometer nearly hit 40 degrees

UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). As the Central line is the most stifling, Simon Usborne braved its entire length to discover what its passengers suffer
Keith Partridge abseiling down the Kaieteur Falls in Guyana

How to scale a waterfall and shoot on Everest: Action cameraman Keith Partridge on working in the world's extreme environments

It's always a tough day at the office for cameraman Keith Partridge. Whether it's up Everest or down caves deep underground, there's nowhere he won't film, he tells Simon Usborne

The Hope pub now caters to night-shifters

Smithfield: London's centuries-old meat market where your 8am fry-up comes with a pint of stout

It is an upside-down world dawn food and drink scene that defies all convention

Time lord: Dr Leon Lobo at the NPL lab with Caesium I, a time machine built in 1955

A leap second will be added to time next week but watch out - chaos may ensue

Next Tuesday night, a planned 'leap second' will delay July, momentarily. This quirky practice of recalibration could have some unwanted consequences, discovers Simon Usborne

Nicholas Parsons interview: The veteran broadcaster on 48 years of 'Just a Minute', and how he nearly pursued a career in politics

Parsons became a household name in the 1970s as host of 'Sale of the Century' on ITV, and has chaired Radio 4's comedy panel game 'Just a Minute' since its inception in 1967

10 best cycling books

To celebrate Bike Week and the start of the Tour de France, we find inspirational works for fans of life on two wheels

Over the next 12 months OS is to replace all 607 of its current paper map titles with a new design and an additional mobile download

Ordnance Survey joins the digital age with an app to take walkers from A-Z

Ordnance Survey is belatedly embracing the digital age with an app to accompany its paper products. But in this age of satnavs and Google Maps, is it joining the party too late? Simon Usborne charts its progress
Chris Evans: the presenter in his 'TFI Friday' heyday

TFI Friday, review: Chris Evans revives the Nineties classic to great effect - then drives it off a cliff

Fast forward almost 20 years and Page 3 is extinct - just - and lad mags ain’t what they used to be

Safe like this

Safety posters from the golden age of accident prevention: Have we lost the art of communication at a cost of countless lives?

Simon Usborne uncovers the poignant personal story that inspired the collection in a new book.

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Bradley Wiggins hour record: Tour de France winner powers into record books after an hour of torture and triumph

Wiggins breaks the previous record set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett just last month before confirming he won't attempt to beat the hour record again

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