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You can take the slow lane all the way down this river

The busy Canal du Midi isn't the only place to take a river cruise. Sarah Donnelly boards a solar-powered boat for a new tour of the Lot

Cameron goes back on pledge to pay costs of extra police

The PM's reluctance to pay has police fearing the costs will be taken from their already stretched finances

Restaurant diners see man killed by falling masonry

A man was killed by falling masonry while sitting outside a restaurant.

Man killed by falling masonry



A 27-year-old pedestrian was killed after being struck by a piece of falling masonry in Battersea, south London, Scotland Yard said today.

The Week In Radio: Real-life troughs and a fictional Peake

It was the week when radio listeners were mesmerised by a crisis in a dark, amoral realm, seething with feuds, peopled by an elderly dynast, his grotesque family and their troublesome employees. Gormenghast, of course. What did you think I meant?

Six police officers injured in east Belfast riot

Six police officers were injured and seven people were arrested during overnight clashes in east Belfast, the PSNI said today.

'Knox is innocent,' says child-killer at appeal

Prisoner claims Guede said a friend of his killed Meredith Kercher

Simon Turnbull: Britain can learn from way Sweden has kept legacy of 1912 alive

Olympics Diary: When you visit, you can feel the soul of athletics. You can breathe the history

World's smallest dinosaur found

A new species of dinosaur found at a brickworks is believed to be the world's smallest.

New dinosaur found at brickworks in east Sussex

A new species of dinosaur found at a brickworks is believed to be the world's smallest.



The lay of the land: Choose your turf tactics with care to create a perfect lawn

God, whoever thought that lawn-making was quite so, well, complicated? And I'm not even sowing it from seed like they do in fussy bowls societies or Arsenal Football Club. I just want to lay some turf. You see workmen doing it by the side of the road all the time, and they seem to be able to roll it out at a rate of knots.

The facelift factor: Giving the exterior of a house a makeover can add 10 per cent to its value

Don't ignore a house because it's ugly on the outside. Ruth Bloomfield meets a couple who transformed theirs

Little white lies: How to cheer up dark corners in your garden

Occasionally people challenge me to put a name to an obscure tree (strike rate, about two out of five – but there are some really obscure trees in the world). For the most part, though, the kind of horticultural questions preoccupying the nation are the same old perennial thorny dilemmas of gardening: what is wrong with my tomatoes? How do I get rid of slugs? And, certainly in the top five: what can I do with that horrible dark bit of my garden where it's always shady?

The house of secrets: behind the high walls of Osama's compound

For years, neighbours wondered what went on in the mysterious 'rich person's house'. Now they know

Prehistoric war unearthed in Peak District

Evidence for a hitherto totally unknown prehistoric war has been discovered in northern England. Archaeologists excavating the remains of a large fortified Iron Age settlement at Fin Cop in the Peak District have so far found the skeletons of nine victims of what they believe was a massacre which took place around 2400 years ago.

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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