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The top ten: Laws of life

One opinion poll the other day suggested Labour and Conservatives were level on 36 per cent, when other polls gave Labour a lead of eight percentage points. I sought to remind colleagues of Twyman's Law, named after Tony Twyman, a media-research analyst: "If a statistic looks interesting or unusual it is probably wrong." Here are 10 other rules for our bewildering world.

Henrik Dahle Henrik Dahle hopes to publish a book, aptly named Uptrees, on his unusual endeavour

Everyday projects: The rise of 12-month missions

Setting yourself a new challenge? Why not do it for a year and get a blog – or even a book deal – out of it?

ET named nation's favourite childhood film

Poll returns results on the UK's movie preferences and habits, from top genres to best lines

The new Monopoly cat on the Millennium Bridge in London

'Monopoly cat' collects £200 and hits London streets as latest addition to classic board game

To celebrate the launch of the Monopoly Cat token, a larger than life Monopoly Cat has arrived in London

We're all in this together: How Leicester became a model of multiculturalism (even if that was never the plan…)

'The original idea was that they would stay two or three years, make enough money to buy a tractor, then go home. But they got into the rhythm of life here'

Northern echo: Extraordinary photographs of Leeds in the 1970s reveal a vanished world

While delivering electricals across his adopted home-town in the early 1970s, Peter Mitchell started cataloguing the decline of West Riding’s so-called ‘Motorway City’. Now, a new monograph offers a four-decade tribute to a very singular stomping ground.

The top ten: Best British place names

This week's top 10 was suggested by Citizen Sane, one of the great assumed identities of the internet, which allows people to be both anonymous and completely traceable. Once Alex Massie got involved, I realised we could have done the top 50 place names in Orkney alone, but had to limit its contribution to a single entry.

Dunblane residents take to the streets to celebrate after watching local boy Andy Murray of Great Britain beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Wimbledon Men's Singles final

Wimbledon 2013, The View from Dunblane: A town once twinned with grief transformed into one of jubilation by Andy Murray's victory

Amongst the blare of car horns, skirl of bagpipes and popping of champagne corks in Andy Murray’s home town of Dunblane on Sunday the residents of this small Scottish town managed to express their delight at his historic triumph.

Attack from the air: The British coastal towns turned into war zones by seagulls menacing tourists and post office workers

It’s a seaside town known for its idyllic picture postcard scenery, but an area of Newquay has been turned into a warzone by menacing gulls.

A land-hugging complex in King’s Cross that will be longer (at 330m) than the Shard is tall (310)

Google's latest London office is no Shard, but a massive footprint 'groundscraper'

It pretty much owns the internet, all of our data and, well, us. It flogs phones, controls YouTube and makes more money than many countries. It’s also introduced us to new levels of wackiness when it comes to the work place. Football tables, air hockey, padded cells (sorry, chill out “snugs”), hi-tech roof terraces, it’s all very groovy, and all very Google. Jealous? Of course we are.

A selection of Gromits created by various artists as part of the Gromit Unleashed auction

Gromit sculpture decorated by Joanna Lumley vandalised hours after going on display in Bristol

A giant sculpture of Aardman Animations' character Gromit, which was decorated by actress Joanna Lumley, has been vandalised just hours after going on display in Bristol.

Mark Carney starts Monday as the new Governor of the Bank of England

Courtesy of Canada: As the Bank of England gets a new boss from the land of the lumberjack, we take a look at other famous Canadians over here calling the shots

If you hear someone with a North American twang warning that the British economy is even more doomed than we thought, here's how to get your own back: ask him which part of the United States he is from.

Festival goers arriving for Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset

Glastonbury 2013: Thousands queue overnight for Britain's biggest music festival (praying that the rain stays away)

See pictures of the revellers arriving at Worthy Farm, Somerset

Having a flannel cap to hand was essential for early players

Play up and play the game, chaps... and push over anyone in the way: Sheffield school teams prepare to play football according to the 1858 rules

The match is taking place at Hallam FC’s Sandygate Road ground – reputed to be the oldest in the world – to celebrate its history in the local community

Why Britain definitely needs a liquorice museum

Pontefract aims to celebrate its most famous export, and lure liquorice-loving tourists to come and part with their pennies

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