And there are more than 30 miles of cable - plus a few neighbours who aren't on speaking terms

Robert Fisk: Canberra, Ankara and other 'fake' capitals

Just up behind my Beirut home is a narrow, shady laneway called Makhoul Street. And in Makhoul Street, there is a small shop with a rusting door behind which an Armenian sells ancient postcards of Beirut.

Bankrupt former penal colony Norfolk Island battles to keep its autonomy

Norfolk Island, a small volcanic outcrop in the Pacific Ocean, has always jealously guarded its way of life. There are no traffic lights on the island, cows have right of way and the local phone book lists the 2,000 or so residents by their nicknames.

Last Night's TV - DCI Banks: Aftermath, ITV1; The Classroom Experiment, BBC2

Another routine investigation

Millward planning top-flight return with Salford after applying to assist McRae

Ian Millward could be on his way back to Super League with Salford. The former St Helens and Wigan coach, now in his second spell with the Championship club, Leigh, has applied for the job of assistant to Shaun McRae.

After a quarter of a century, Koch remains untouchable

Male records are being broken every other week but marks set by dubious East German should not stand

Return to power within grasp for Australia's Gillard

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard came within grasp of a return to power today after one of four "kingmaker" MPs backed her Labor Party's bid to form a minority government following last month's dead-heat elections.

Australia's Gillard warns of political gridlock

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today claimed her Labor Party was best placed to run a stable minority government after the election dead heat, warning of political gridlock if a consensus is not found.

Australia's new PM claims mining tax victory

A breakthrough in the bitter row between the Australian government and the mining industry over a controversial new tax on resources has paved the way for an early general election.

Mining industry claims triumph over Henry tax as Rudd goes

The mining industry could barely contain its collective glee yesterday as Australia's new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, offered fresh talks on the country's proposed resources super tax, which the miners have spent millions of dollars campaigning against over the past two months.

Miners launch renewed offensive against Australia's 'Henry' tax

Three of the world's largest mining companies launched a united attack on the Australian government yesterday over its refusal to back down over plans to introduce a 40 per cent tax on the sector's profits.

American teenage sailor found safe

A 16-year-old Californian girl trying to sail solo around the world is safe and well after a search and rescue operation in the Indian Ocean was launched when she triggered distress signals.

England tourists face a Barnes baptism of fire

If England have grown accustomed to facing tougher opponents than a band of Barbarians when opening their summer accounts in Australia, it is only because the "short tour" format – a prime example of rugby lunacy if ever there was one – forced them to take on the Wallabies themselves within a few hours of passing through customs.

Outrage in the mining industry as Australia proposes 40 per cent tax

Mining giants line up to condemn 'Henry' tax in one of the world's biggest markets. Alistair Dawber reports

Rio Tinto criticises Canberra tax plans

Rio Tinto yesterday criticised a controversial new resource tax imposed by the Australian government, saying it could erode the country's competitiveness, curtail investment and limit jobs growth. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced at the weekend that a 40 per cent tax on profits at the big mining companies would be introduced in 2012, raising an additional A$9bn (£5.5bn) a year.

Writer inspired by glimpse of Garcia Marquez

Orange nominee's career kick-started by chance sighting of Nobel Laureate at breakfast
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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own