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Plunge into Chatham's naval history

“Best reinvention of a de-commissioned dockyard" – I’m not sure if there is such a prize, but if there is, then I have no doubt of the winner. One good reason that Britain ruled the waves (mostly) from Elizabethan times to the Second World War was Chatham Dockyard, a place of tremendous energy and innovation. HMS Victory was just one of the ships that was launched here.

County Championship round-up: Somerset held up by Jones' 178

Geraint Jones continued his renaissance as a batsman with a career-best 178 to thwart Somerset's attempts to establish a winning position at Canterbury. The former England wicket-keeper, who topped 1,000 first-class runs in a season for the first time in 2009 as Kent returned to the First Division, is on course to do so again, having reached 917 this season after his third hundred of the campaign.

County Championship round-up: Carberry hits fifth ton of season to nudge selectors

England's embrace of continuity in their selection policy means the one-cap wonder is becoming a threatened species.

Brian Viner: Pressing all the wrong buttons

Alexander Graham Bell would turn in his grave if he knew how many people have come to regard his great invention as the enemy

Passed/Failed: 'An education in the life of Clare Balding, BBC sports presenter

'I got suspended for four days for shoplifting'

Business analysis: "We must accelerate the transition to an idea-driven economy"

The coming years are going to be as tough for business as for individuals with the new Government seeking to deal with the huge national debt it has inherited. If that were not bad enough, there is a growing belief that we are not in the grip of the usual cyclical downturn but are in the middle of a “great reset”, to use a term that is suddenly becoming more common. If – as the author Richard Florida and others contend – we are in the middle of the sort of change that followed the Long Depression, which lasted from the early 1870s until the mid-1890s, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, then the usual measures to deal with economic downturns are unlikely to work.

Testing times for Lisbee Stainton as she lands prime spot on BBC's In Concert

Soundchecks can be tedious affairs – stop-start sessions in empty venues where singers save their voices and musicians go through the motions. Big acts even have roadies do it for them. But it's a good job fast-rising folk-popper Lisbee Stainton does her own – it's just landed her a prime spot on the BBC's prestigious In Concert next week.

Denzil Freeth: Politician celebrated for his charm and oratory and rated highly by the scientific community

It is over 45 years since Denzil Freeth retired from the House of Commons and 55 years since he was first elected as an MP for Basingstoke. For those of us in the 1959-64 parliament, Freeth was the most sparkling orator and debater, Enoch Powell included. Had I been asked to place a bet in 1962 as to who would lead the Conservative Party in 1982, my money would have been on Freeth. The exact reasons why he abruptly halted a dazzling political career, resigning from office on 23 October 1963, were unclear to his contemporaries; but those were days when neither parliamentary colleagues nor lobby and political journalists wanted to pry into the private lives of those in public life accused of no crime. But it was the febrile atmosphere which followed the Vassal and Profumo cases, and Freeth indicated to friends that he did not want to pursue the hazards of public life.

Ruddigore, Grand Theatre, Leeds<br/>Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Festival Hall, London<br/>Jurowski/OAE, Roundhouse, London

Spared some creaking old traditions, a bright new production of a Gilbert and Sullivan oddity comes up roses

Premier League hold back Portsmouth cash

The Premier League will hold on to more than £2million from Portsmouth's player sales in January to cover money owed to other clubs as more financial pressure was today heaped on the south coast side.

Ex-carer jailed over child abduction

A former foster carer who hid a vulnerable boy in a hollowed-out washing machine so he could evade police was jailed for 33 months today after being found guilty of child abduction.

Fujitsu workers to stage series of strikes

Workers at computer giant Fujitsu are to stage a series of strikes in a long-running row over jobs, pay and pensions, it was announced today.

Taxi driver battled blizzards to deliver blood

A hospital said a huge thank you to a taxi driver today who battled through blizzards to deliver vital blood to treat cancer patients.

Weather in brief: White Witch hit by a spell of bad weather

Not even Narnia's White Witch could make her way through the blizzards that hit Basingstoke on Monday night. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe actress Caroline Corrie, bought a duvet and sheets, thinking she would have to sleep at the town's Haymarket Theatre. In the end she managed to stay in some digs used by theatre staff, along with the stage manager.

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