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New Tudor find could block Olympic event

Rains uncover brickwork which allows Greenwich campaigners to claim 'Queen Elizabeth stood here'

Courses to close in college funding crisis

A funding crisis in further education colleges could see courses closed and thousands of teachers losing their posts, a union warned today.

Lord Borwick: In the green driving seat

The Business Interview: Modec, the maker of all-electric vans, may not yet be turning a profit but it has its sights set on a global market, says its founder

Warsaw looks just as it did in Chopin's day. Well, almost

On the eve of the great composer's 200th birthday, Adrian Mourby sees how the city where he grew up has emerged from centuries of war and ruin

Enlist as a soldier and learn a trade while getting paid

Joining the Army isn't for everyone - but it does offer real apprenticeships

Arthur McIntyre: England cricketer who kept wicket throughout Surrey's run of seven consecutive 1950s county titles

Arthur McIntyre was the wicketkeeper in the great Surrey side that won the County Championship in seven consecutive summers from 1952 to 1958. He was the consummate professional, the best "day in, day out" keeper on the county circuit, standing up to the stumps not only to the Surrey spin twins Jim Laker and Tony Lock but also to the awkward medium pace of Alec Bedser, all of them bowling on lively, uncovered pitches.

Alive! Against all odds, survivors emerge into the light

Joy as Kiki, 8, his 10-year-old sister and an elderly woman are saved after more than seven days buried in the rubble

Album: Various artists, We Are Only Riders: the JLP Sessions (Glitterhouse)

A "tribute" album of sorts, to the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club; except that in place of individual artists doing new interpretations of JLP songs, a coterie of friends combine to finish a batch of tunes demoed roughly by Pierce with one Cypress Grove.

Darts: Rampant Taylor marches on to world title number 15

49-year-old sweeps aside Australian outsider Simon Whitlock in PDC final

Love Italian? We reveal the secrets of Venetian cuisine

Forget piles of pasta and dustbin-lid sized pizza. The small but beautiful secret of Venetian cuisine has arrived. Simon Usborne says 'Ciao!'

Bidding a sporting farewell...

The great and the good of sport who passed away in 2009, Paul Newman salutes them all

Sports quiz of the year: 2009

From hard cash to affairs of the heart, can you recall the soundbites, heroics, tales and images that set the sporting agenda?

Baby boy for Wayne Rooney and Coleen

England footballer Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen today gave birth to a baby boy.

English wines: Grape expectations

The perseverance of England's winemakers is starting to pay off. By Aoife O'Riordain

Last night's television: Prodigy's passion is far from spent

Alex: A Passion for Life (Channel 4), Micro Men (BBC4), Scrubs (E4)
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