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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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker