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Parker Liautaud outside the Antarctic chamber, where the temperature is -25C

-25C on the Thames? Young explorer Parker Liautaud lives in pop-up South Pole to prepare for trip

The explorer and climate change campaigner Parker Liautaud puts most other 19-year-olds to shame.

A Japanese competitor gets support from the crowd at the World Stone Skimming Championships on the Scottish island of Easdale

Stone skimmers of the world unite at World Championships on Scottish island

Stone-skimmers from across the globe gathered on Sunday at the World Stone Skimming Championships on the Scottish island of Easdale.

Dr Bradley Garrett climbed the 110m-high bridge with friends and described the feeling as though he was ‘riding a dragon’

Riding a dragon: trespassing on the Forth Bridge and other 'place hacking' exploits of Dr Garrett

An academic who climbed the Forth Bridge at night tells Ian Johnston of the appeal of trespassing

Scouse is ‘Britain’s least friendly accent,’ says survey

People from Liverpool have the most untrustworthy accents in the UK, according to a survey.

Preston Bus Station is described as great example of Brutalist architecture

Preston bus station gets listed status

Preston’s under-threat brutalist bus station has been given Grade II-listed status by the Government.

Entrepreneur Richard Branson is one of the investors in Hailo

Fare business? Trying out Hailo, the mobile taxi app that’s taking over London

Emily Dugan tries out Hailo, the system now being used by half of the capital’s black cabs

Technology giant remains the Apple of Britain’s eye: CoolBrands survey shows luxury brands back at the top

The recent images of people queuing around the block to get their hands on the latest incarnation of the iPhone were a major hint. Apple has retained its title as the coolest brand in Britain, an annual survey reveals today – as luxury names replaced everyday products which enjoyed success during  the recession.

The streets around London’s Wembley Stadium are being considered as the location for the UK’s first electric single-seater car race, according to organisers

Wembley set to get green flag to host Formula E electric car race

It is more accustomed to playing host to legions of worse-for-wear football fans. But the streets around London’s Wembley Stadium are being considered as the location for the UK’s first electric single-seater car race, according to organisers.

Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded - which teaches people to code

The future's female: The race to be crowned Britain's most inspirational young women

Hurrah, a story about women who are young, clever, fully clothed, and not victims of crime. Sarah Morrison profiles seven rising stars

Ellie Cole star of the 'Eastleigh's Got Talent' viral

Woman secretly filmed dancing at bus stop wins theatre role

Waiting for the bus can be pretty tedious. But a young woman from Eastleigh who decided to pass the time on the pavement by tapping her feet, swaying her hips and dancing to herself can have had no idea it would lead to overnight fame and a role in a stage play.

A doll in one of the bedrooms in Pineheath house in Harrogate, England. The untouched 40-bedroom house belonged to wealthy Indian-born aristocrats Sir Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji

The 40-room Yorkshire home frozen in time: Eerie abandoned mansion left to rot for THREE decades

Home that was once owned by Indian-born aristocratic friends of the Royal Family is packed with relics from the 1920s

Professor Foster with his overdue library book

Professor spared £8,557 fine on library book overdue by 47 years

Academic returns work by Victorian poet that he took from Queen’s University, Belfast, in the 1960s

Telling porkies: From Jeffrey Archer to your fibbing friend, we all love to lie. But why?

Rob Hastings talks to the experts - and those whose tall tales went too far

You have be warned: Friday the 13th and other superstitions

It's that unlucky time of year again.

Is your living room starting to sound like The Queen Vic?

Scottish ‘EastEnders’ fans are turning ’ochney: study shows how telly viewing accelerates language change

Scots may be adopting Cockney slang after research found that watching television could be a factor in accent change.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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?

Panto dames: before and after

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

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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