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

Leading article: Mixed fortunes

Never mind Derren Brown and his magical lottery predictions. Consider instead the clairvoyant Sarah Montague. The Today presenter found herself without her notes when she was due to read out the day's weather forecast live on Radio 4 yesterday morning.

Leading article: A-levels have served their purpose - let's rethink them

There is a growing mismatch between the exams and society's needs

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Leading article: It's an ill wind...

Given that the great British barbecue is usually a washout – a provocation to the gods to be as vicious as possible – Met Office predictions that we were in for "a barbecue summer" may have been more accurate than people give credit for.

Leading article: Summertime blues

No barbecues were in sight in the Edgbaston area yesterday for the beginning of the third Ashes Test match. Nor, we have noticed, has there been much al fresco dining throughout Britain this summer, despite the optimistic forecasts for a "barbecue summer" from the Meteorological Office a few months ago. Blame the jet stream, say the forecasters. It has, apparently, become "stuck" above us, locking in a low pressure system and bringing the rain down in torrents on our collective cookout.

Why good weather is hard to predict

Forecasters warned today of the pitfalls of predicting the weather a long way in advance after the British summer has so far failed to live up to expectations.

For barbecue summer, read wellies washout

The Met Office is today telling us what every Briton knows: it was wrong to raise summertime hopes.

Sounds of the summer

The barbecue's lit, the drinks are on ice and the living is easy... so why not lie back and let the IoS critics take care of the music with their favourite 50 tracks to make your holidays go with a swing.

Click on the image to lauch our guide.

Boy, 14, drowns in Thai swimming pool

A British teenager died at a water park in Thailand after getting sucked into the pool's pump system.

Man jailed for life after 'savage' attack on partner

A man was jailed for life today for killing his partner in a jealous rage.

Summer sizzler: win a Weber barbeque

For your chance to win a brand new barbie this summer just answer this simple question...

Student summer fashion for the girls

The end-of-year parties, barbeques and balls are coming up and if you're worried that your budget will leave you looking like the penniless student you are, fear not, here are 10 must-have items for the summer...all for under £35.

The Insider: Time to smoke out some perfect summer cooking

We all love a good barbie, but when the only thing that's certain about a British summer is the uncertainty of the weather, you might think twice before investing in an expensive barbecue. But, if the idea of a cheap one reminds you of hours spent waiting for food to cook and ending up with charred remains at the end of it all, then think again. The good news is that you don't have to spend much to get a decent barbecue that will cook food quickly and efficiently.

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From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

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