Like the ruined husk of Hadley's Hope however any signs of life are missing.
Film director, food writer and bon viveur Michael Winner died today aged 77 after a long illness.
Could you bring yourself to forgive the murderer of your child? There are remarkable people who manage to do so – such as Gordon Willis spoke those heart-rending and politically transformative words after the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing. Most of us, though, find it easier to put ourselves in the position of Julie Nicholson who, when her daughter died in the terrorist atrocities of July 7 2005, was unable to reconcile her feelings with her role as a priest in Bristol and made the difficult, honourable decision to resign from the ministry.
“I am making an appeal to the world – do not come to Bugarach.” Not the kind of pro-tourism message you’d expect from a mayor. But pity poor Jean-Pierre Delord of Bugarach in France, who is putting off visitors who believe his town’s Pic de Bugarach mountain is due to open up and spit out human-saving aliens during today’s Mayan-predicted apocalypse.
New film Sightseers shows rural Britain at its creepiest
The Nordic detective was modelled on Dirty Harry
As parents carve pumpkins and children reach for the face paint ready to trick or treat, ever wondered where the traditions come from?
Ex-Chesterfield player managing Antigua and Barbuda making waves in cricketing heartland
Film producer Richard Zanuck, who won the best picture Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy and was involved in such blockbuster films as Jaws and The Sting after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, has died. He was 77.
Michelle Ryan's Hollywood ending is on hold – but the former EastEnder still has a taste for action. James Mottram meets her
A smart comedian brings off that tricky first novel with energy and wit.
Researchers have hit on a formula to work out why certain quotes stay with us
Woody curbs any enthusiasm
Riches need not be an embarrassment, as Nicky Henderson knows. On the day jump racing emerged from its shutdown, the Lambourn-based trainer added to his stable's formidable armoury in the novice chase division when Mad Max made a most satisfactory start to his career over fences. The giant eight-year-old, 5-6 favourite for the Novices' Chase, put himself right into the Cheltenham equation with a near-perfect display of jumping under Barry Geraghty and some eye-catching changes of gear on ground rendered testing as rain followed melting snow.
Matt Baglio, 35
The shift in one of America's greatest icons is a hopeful sign of cultural change