Sport Lizzy Yarnold is among the brightest hopes for Team GB in Sochi

A minimum target of three medals has been set - with as many as seven a possibility

Dan Snow: History boy

Dan Snow, son of Peter Snow, has stepped out of his father’s shadow to become the BBC’s latest highbrow heart-throb. Here, he talks to Sophie Morris about the future of history, the complications of family life and why he is a terrible boyfriend

Home Secretary faces Commons grilling over loss of secret papers

The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, is to be questioned by MPs over whether Britain's fight against terrorism has been compromised after a second security breach involving secret documents being left on a train.

Secret anti-terror documents 'left on train'

A police investigation has been launched after secret Government documents were left on a train, it was confirmed today.

In Search of Medieval Britain, BBC4<br />Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press, BBC4<br />Inside the Medieval Mind, BBC4<br/>Pushing Daisies, ITV1<br/>Living Goddess, Channel 4

BBC4's season about life in the Middle Ages shows why TV loves digging around in the past &ndash; preferably with Stephen Fry on board to make sense of it all

Coastal calm in British Columbia

Orcas, fjords &ndash; and a frisky lighthouse-keeper &ndash; are just some of the sights on offer to John Lee on the Inside Passage journey in British Columbia

Food Of The Week: Everywhere stops for tea

Afternoon tea is a fine British tradition upheld around the world – the last word in restrained, civilised living.

Leading article: Money, money, money...

It is giving away money that really makes us happy, say researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Those who spend money on others are generally happy people, a study of 632 American men and women indicated.

Are We There Yet?: Have you seen the price of holidays for one-parent families!

Have you heard the one about the single parent who wanted to take the kids on holiday? S/he was forced to pay double for not having a partner.

Extreme: British Columbia, Canada

Carving first tracks in waist-deep powder is skiing nirvana but such transcendental conditions will be increasingly hard to find in the Alps as global warming pushes European pistes ever higher up the mountainsides. In the future, in order to find the best snow, skiers will have to head west – and the exchange rates make the trip even more appealing at the moment.

Blair will go well before election, says Straw

Tony Blair will go "well before the general election", Jack Straw has claimed, reopening speculation about the timing of the Prime Minister's exit.

India 241 &amp; 521-6 dec West Indies 371 &amp; 13-0: Jaffer's guile and Dhoni's style puts West Indies on back foot

Controversy and confusion over a disputed catch that ended a typically explosive Mahendra Singh Dhoni innings took some of the gloss off Wasim Jaffer's 212 against the West Indies that swung the balance back to India on the first Test's fourth day here yesterday.

It's time to get your skates on

Going out: art turner whistler monet

Heard the one about the Englishman, the Frenchman and the American? How they changed the face of landscape painting? It isn't funny, but it is true. J M W Turner set the ball rolling with his impressionistic renderings of the play of light, particularly on water. The cantankerous Royal Academician left behind a rich legacy of spirited innovation: indeed, Claude Monet and James Whistler acknowledged his influence on their work. Whistler's nocturnes may have caused outrage and consternation among 19th-century critics, but are now celebrated for their evocation of the Thames at twilight. Equally, Monet's views of the lagoon at Venice capture something of the city's mysterious stillness. Tate Britain's latest blockbuster, covering the inter-relationship between these three iconic artists, has drawn large crowds in Toronto and Paris. It's certain to do the same here.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment