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A PERFECT MURDER. Three people. One triangle. A wealthy and powerful husband Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas). The intelligent, beautiful young woman he married Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow). Her soulful and attractive lover David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen). A dangerous combination, to be sure. Perhaps a deadly one............

Boy killed after falling from train

Boy killed after falling from train

Footsies rally in the City

City Ballet of London Peacock Theatre

People and Business: Ronson douses the flame of writ

HOWARD HODGSON and his girlfriend Christine Pickles have settled their pounds 500,000 claim against Ronson, the cigarette-lighter company from which they were forced to resign last summer.

Letter: Charging about

Sir: Why is it that we do not build our houses with a 6-volt supply in addition to the standard 240?

Best records since weather began

THIS YEAR, we had the wettest April since records began. Last August was the second hottest in history, but 1997 gave us the wettest summer since 1985. Average temperatures in Britain last year were the third warmest on record, and this January and February were the warmest and wettest first two months of the year in the United States since records began. The northern climate in the 1990s has been warmer on average than at any time since the Middle Ages, and last week saw the cloudiest Thursday in Basingstoke since Ian McCaskill retired.

Cricket: Smith hits out to tame Derbyshire

THE HAMPSHIRE captain, Robin Smith, hit an unbeaten 88 as his team easily overcame Derbyshire's challenge by seven wickets at Basingstoke in the AXA League yesterday, with more than two overs to spare.

Cricket: Round-up: Tudor lifts leaders

ALEX TUDOR had just enough time before the deluge to improve his position on the register of England fast bowling candidates by completing a five-wicket haul for the Britannic Assurance Championship leaders Surrey against Lancashire at Old Trafford. The 20-year-old paceman claimed his nap hand by dismissing Mike Watkinson for 42, but not before the home team had edged past the visitors' first-innings total of 146.

Opera: Verdi vanishes under Wagnerian values

Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Albert Hall, London

Politics: Battle over building homes is key to the rural vote

Local elections: Booming Basingstoke gives a clue to Tory fortunes, writes David Walker, Social Policy Editor

Politics: Sick Gulf veteran takes protest to No 10

A SICK Gulf War veteran carried his seriously-ill baby to the Ministry of Defence yesterday to highlight the suffering of many children born to troops who fought in the conflict.

Sporting Ice hockey

Basingstoke Bison will cease to be a Superleague team at the end of this month after the franchise owners, Basingstoke and Deane Council, withdrew their financial support yesterday.

Ice Hockey: Local council decide to make Bison extinct

BASINGSTOKE BISON will cease to be a Superleague team at the end of this month after the franchise owners, Basingstoke and Deane Council, withdrew financial support yesterday.

Letter: Church investment

I WAS interested to read that none of the Church of England investors in arms firms said that they intended to use their influence as shareholders to persuade the firms to make ploughshares instead.

Kingfisher expands Music Video Club in challenge to WH Smith

KINGFISHER, the B&Q and Woolworths retailer, is expanding its Music Video Club (MVC) chain in a move that could see it move into territory traditionally occupied by WH Smith.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas