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Teachers say children at Swanson Primary School were better behaved when typical playground rules were banished

A woman cools her foot in a fountain during hot weather in Nottingham, central England May 8, 2008. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Heatwave, what heatwave? Hanging out in Britain's coldest spots

It's not all sweat and sweltering - from Ceredigion to Cornwall, find out what you could be up to in out of the heat

Tom Stilwell had been trying to lower himself from a neighbour's balcony in Auckland

British man Tom Stilwell survives fall from 15th floor of New Zealand apartment block

Tom Stilwell had been trying to lower himself from a neighbour's balcony in Auckland

Police find man on fire

A man found on fire in the front garden of a house in Co Durham is being treated for serious burns.

Auckland Blues defense coach Graham Henry may face disciplinary action over comments made about referee Glen Jackson

Graham Henry could face disciplinary action over referee comments

Former New Zealand head coach frustrated with referee Glen Jackson's performance in Auckland's 23-3 defeat to the Crusaders

Moneypenny employees are swapping their offices in Wrexham, left, for Takapuna, New Zealand

It’s an 11,000-mile commute, but no one at this call centre complains

Welsh workers flown half-way around the world to New Zealand  to avoid nightshifts

Triathlon: US victory for Alistair Brownlee

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee began his 2013 World Triathlon Series season with a comfortable win in San Diego.

Matt Prior of England is hugged by Stuart Broad as he leaves the field with Monty Panesar at the end of day five of the Third Test match against New Zealand

New Zealand v England: 'It was just my lucky day,' admits hero Matt Prior

Matt Prior reflected on the vagaries of batting fortune after his match and series-saving innings for England. He scored an unbeaten 110 which ensured that England left New Zealand with a 0-0 draw in the series that looked likely to elude them. It was crisp, to the point and deserved the reward it brought.

England captain Alastair Cook and coach Andy Flower walk on to the outfield to inspect the ground before rain cause the Test with New Zealand to end in a draw

New Zealand v England: Third Test preview

The sides meet tonight with the series level at 0-0

James Anderson

James Anderson faces more gruelling spells before reaching the big 300

England begin their final Test against New Zealand on Thursday night

Seamus O'Connell: Footballer who won the title with Chelsea

Cows or football? That was the singular choice facing 24-year-old Seamus O'Connell in the autumn of 1954, and given that he had just scored a hat-trick on his Chelsea début against Manchester United, the answer to the question might appear to be obvious.

Jonathan Trott is wary of ground shots on the Auckland square

England bite should be too sharp for Kiwi pussycats

On no account should New Zealand be underestimated at home. They treat every ball as crucial, they are dogged and sometimes spectacular with the bat, relentless in the field and willing to improvise with the ball.

Alex Goode is tackled in training; the full-back says Premiership rugby has strengthened England

Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster uses lessons in history for England's French examination

World Cup failure very much in coach's mind before Les Bleus visit Twickenham

England's James Tredwell dives in front of New Zealand's Hamish Rutherfored

New Zealand beat England by 55 runs in second T20

England slumped to a 55-run defeat in pursuit of a record Twenty20 run chase as New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum led the hosts to a series-levelling success at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Eoin Morgan

England to make last-minute call on Eoin Morgan fitness

England play New Zealand in the second Tenty20 match

The way Farrell ran and passed the ball gave the team a new dimension

James Lawton: In Owen Farrell England may have found a new messiah, but beware painful hangover of hubris

The way Owen Farrell ran and passed the ball gave the team a new dimension

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

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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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
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The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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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
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Samuel West interview

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

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