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Embrace the very latest in slope-style and stock up with great new gadgets, says Simon Munk

Salford fans furious after second heavy defeat in a row

Salford 22 St Helens 56

'My father was killed doing what he loved best - skiing'

Ten years on from his father Robert's death, Simon Usborne reflects on what their brief time together taught him – and why his quest for adventure is as strong as his father's

Canada: Welcome to 'slackcountry'

Leslie Woit reveals that in Canada it's easy to get your off-piste adrenalin fix – If you know where to look

From fear to exhilaration: Go off piste in Livigno

Livigno offers white-knuckle excitement for Nick Boulos when he heads down the Monte della Neve for his first off-piste adventure

Airline pilot named as avalanche victim

A British airline pilot has been named as one of four people killed in an avalanche in the French Alps.

Sydney to Hobart protests dismissed

An international jury in Tasmania dismissed a protest by the organising race committee against Bob Oatley’s 100-foot Wild Oats and confirmed its fifth line honours win in six years of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. A similar protest against Britain’s 72-foot Rán, owned by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom and skippered by Tim Powell, about a failure to meet a radio reporting schedule, was also dismissed.

British skier dies after Alps avalanche

An experienced British skier has died after being buried by an avalanche in the French Alps, it was confirmed today.

Britons spend Boxing Day... spending

Shoppers defied the cold and a Tube strike in London to splash the cash, as some shopping centres boasted their busiest Sunday of the year. But laws restricting retailers to six hours of trading caught out many people.

The Silent Land, By Graham Joyce

There are times when we are walking down a street that seems familiar, except that you turn a corner into another familiar street that is, however, not supposed to be there. It is an accumulation of details that causes us gradually to realise that something is wrong with reality – that we are in fact dreaming. Events move in a stately progression that is too logical to be real: the logic of dream.

Indonesian volcano on the brink of eruption

Indonesia warned yesterday that its most volatile volcano could erupt at any time and started evacuating some of the thousands of villagers living on the mountain's slope.

Homes buried in Mexico landslides

The state governor fears as many as 1,000 could be buried in the southern state of Oaxaca

Fringe Notes: 25/08/2010

* Tim Key called on a few friends to launch his "unnecessary poetical album on vinyl" at Avalanche Records this week. Alex Horne played French horn and Nick Mohammed the violin. Album tracks include such hit poems as "Bob and the Pipe", "Janet/ Gannet" and "The Date" read over a string quartet.

Album: Elizabeth Cook, Welder (Proper/31 Tiger)

A little bit country, a little bit rock'n'roll, a hint of Dolly Parton and an avalanche of Carlene Carter.

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