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Attempt to tidy up following prank from local children ends in disaster

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From food in Ibiza, Catalonia and Hampshire to the Croissant Neuf festival in Wales

Fisherman's Friends

The Fisherman's Friends dedicate new album One and All to tenor Trevor Grills who died in freak accident

Cornish sea shanty singers The Fisherman’s Friends are to release their first new material since the death of one of their number in a freak accident in February.

The only thing that isn’t adorable about the Indego is the price

A week with: Bosch Indego lawnmower

Say hello to my clippy little friend

Tablets and TVs prompt Argos sales growth

Catalogue retailer Argos today posted its fourth consecutive quarter of sales growth, driven  by buoyant demand for tablets and televisions.

Grilled salmon with herb beurre blanc

Grilled salmon with herb beurre blanc

Serves 4

Keep your china and glassware safe — use Villeroy & Boch NewWave collection (left, from £8, villeroy-boch.co.uk)

iStyle: Right on ’cue

Ever the optimists, Britons are using a week’s worth of  sunshine to invest in new BBQs. Trish Lorenz is stoked

Grill it: 7 Best barbecues

Whether you're cooking on gas or are a convert to charcoal we've got the perfect way to cook when the sun is out

It might look a little like a veggie burger, but is in fact a pulled pork patty
Keith Ridgway: A fusion of Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster

Paperback review: Hawthorn and Child, By Keith Ridgway

The odd couple turn to crime-fighting

This bank holiday weekend looks to be a warm one

Barbecue and bikini bank holiday: parts of Britain set to be warmer than Majorca during May Day weekend

Temperatures could reach 20C in the south as flood warnings are issued in western Scotland

Home Retail is hobbled by blow from soggy summer

Home Retail chief executive Terry Duddy has blamed last year’s spring and summer washout for annual profits more than halving at its DIY chain Homebase.

Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected as police name mother and daughter who died in Lake Windermere boating tragedy

Police have named a mother and daughter who died in a Bank Holiday boating tragedy on Lake Windermere.

A note uncovered by a BBC News Freedom of Information request showed the organisation made the concession after April 2012 became the wettest on record despite a forecast sent to contingency planners suggesting it was likely to be drier than usual.

The outlook...well, we're not sure actually: Met Office email admits long range forecasts are 'not helpful'

A note uncovered by a BBC News Freedom of Information request showed the organisation made the concession after April 2012 became the wettest on record

B&Q owner Kingfisher feels the cold but holds out hope of cash return

The chief executive of the owner of the DIY chain B&Q has lamented the "depressing" wintry weather forecast for the crucial trading period of this week's bank holiday.

Kingfisher flounders in snow

The group behind the DIY chain B&Q will cap a year to forget when it posts a fall in profit this week.

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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