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London-based company focused on “cutting edge artificial intelligence" could supply the brains for Google's burgeoning robotics division

Stamps mark London Eye's tenth anniversary

The tenth anniversary of one of London's most recognisable landmarks is being celebrated with a collection of stamps on sale today.

Bobbejaan Schoepen: Belgian musician who worked with Jacques Brel and Josephine Baker

The Flemish musician and businessman Bobbejaan Schoepen was a Belgian national institution. He was first and foremost a multi-million selling musician who worked with musicians as diverse as Django Reinhardt, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker, Gilbert Bécaud, Heino, James Last, Slim Dusty, Roy Acuff and Red Foley.

The scream team: Britain's ultimate vertical-drop rollercoaster

It's big, it's terrifying and it cost £15m to build. Thirteen is Britain's ultimate vertical-drop rollercoaster. Holly Williams joins the dedicated thrillseekers who are its first victims

Travel Agenda: Chessington World of Adventures; Aer Lingus; Wild Heart Gathering

Today: Experience a Maharaja's Market and Tuk Tuk Turmoil Dodgems by way of Surrey, at the new Wild Asia area at Chessington World of Adventures ( chessington.com ).

Upswing in markets puts Merlin back on IPO track

Merlin Entertainments, the private equity-owned operator of attraction parks, held the door open to a potential flotation later this year as it revealed that it was on track for another record performance in 2010.

Thorpe Park wants visitors' urine contribution for new attraction

The public is being asked to make a slightly unusual contribution to a tourist park's new attraction - smelly pee.

Alton Towers goes
super Sonic

While some stars become the face of a fragrance line or launch high-end restaurants, Sonic has gone one better by becoming the spokeshedgehog for the Alton Towers’ ride, the Spinball Whizzer.

Cash row sees lights go out on Dark Ages theme park

Plans for a mythical Dark Age-style theme park are in doubt because of a row over money.

Win tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor

A land of holiday fun

David Lister: A refreshing week for our new students

You can look on it in a number of ways. It might be the opportunity to meet the love of your life. It might be the chance to find new vocations, interests and sports. It might be the time to party and drink till you drop. Or it might just be one of the crueller inhumanities that mature human beings can inflict on the young.

Win tickets to the Thomas & Friends premiere



All aboard as Thomas & Friends are back with their new feature 'Hero of the Rails.'

Games Review: Toy Story Mania!

Wii, £29.99

China takes wrecking ball to erotic theme park

This investment turned out to be as risky as it was risque.

Passengers trapped on giant ferris wheel

More than 100 passengers stranded for six hours on the world's largest ferris wheel were being evacuated and given medical treatment in Singapore after the attraction ground to a halt today.

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

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Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
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Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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