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Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

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ENO's latest commission has all the elements of a 21st-century production, but falls short of being a modern masterpiece

A testing time for Boris on four wheels

There were no routes, passengers or even a qualified driver yesterday as Boris Johnson steered the new London bus around a test ground near Bedford.

Larry Flynt: Freedom fighter, pornographer, monster?

He's been lauded as a crusader for free speech. But he got rich by depicting women being raped in concentration camps and has been accused of molesting his daughter. Who is the real Larry Flynt?

The Photography of Bedford Lemere &amp; Co, By Nicholas Cooper

The self-assured structures of an empire at its height were the stock-in-trade of Bedford Lemere & Co, the architectural photographers, whose archive of 20,000 glass negatives is the source for this bitter-sweet glimpse of a vanished world.

Goode day for Worcester

Worcester Warriors booked their place in the Championship play-off final after a 23-22 win over Bedford yesterday.

Gopperth glad at Newcastle's bonus culture

Newcastle 11 Bath 14

A Favourite of the Gods, By Sybille Bedford

Throughout her long life, Sybille Bedford was drawn to the light of the Mediterranean, the "bleached bare spaces of Provence and the terraced Tuscan hills."

Ruck and Maul: Saints go marching on as his Masters voice fails to lift Ulsterman

Rugby supporters have nothing like the reputation of football's, though some may see Saracens as pushing the boundaries of antagonism by staging a "Gathering" before away matches – for example, yesterday, on what the London club called "private land adjacent to the Exeter Chiefs official car park" before a "march on the ground... to give the team a welcome to remember".

Olympic marathon boss resigns

David Bedford, the former athlete in charge of the Olympics marathon, has resigned after a row with 2012 organisers.

David Bedford quits as 2012 marathon chief

London 2012's Olympic marathon chief has resigned due to his "frustration" with Games organisers, it has been revealed.

Between The Covers: 13/03/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (30 January 2011)

The Government's report into global food production published last week calls for urgent action to stop food shortages. Clearly the issue of waste in the Western world is one which could be changed by changing the mindset of people. But for me, the first question to address is how this report reflects on food production here.

Investigation after 'police informant' shot

An investigation has been launched into how police handled information from a man alleged to be a police informant, just hours before he was shot.

High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has been described by a contemporary critic as, ‘the quintessential chronicler of Paris’. The work of the artist (1864-1901) immediately evokes the decadent atmosphere of fin-de siècle Paris. And a touch of gay Paree might well rub off on Bedford next month when the British Museum Tour of his work arrives at Bedford Gallery.

Man threatened with £1000 fine over missing cat posters

A pet owner was warned he could be fined £1,000 after he put up missing cat posters in his local neighbourhood.

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