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Dame Vivienne Westwood has been raging pretty much all of her life

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Litter and dog-fouling worry British people as much as global warming

Call for 'environmental bank holiday' to focus on local problems

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Canary Island first to be powered by just wind and water

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Brainy Bike Lights invention represents a 'breakthrough in road safety' for cyclists

Behavioural psychologist Crawford Hollingworth's lightbulb moment helps drivers spot cyclists more easily

Simon Usbourne: The Olympic BMX track at the Lee Valley VeloPark is terrifying

At the age of 31, sadly well outside any bracket that could be labelled "young", I've had my first go at BMX. As a kid, before I developed a serious road habit, I rode ugly mountain bikes. I wasn't cool (I also had a Snakeboard – Google it). Now, I hesitate to say, I look at grown-ups hunched over little BMX bikes as slightly tragic souls – Peter Pans with sleeve tats and Vans (Peter Vans?)

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