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At least not in the way we perceive them now, he suggests

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius (C) appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa

Book review: Red Nile, By Robert Twigger

Twigger of the Nile turns his crafty Old Hand to ripping yarns of the greatest river. Is he for real?

Air New Zealand has forced a sacked flight attendant to let bosses examine her bank records and Facebook pages in a row over her claiming sick leave.

Sacked woman ordered to show her Facebook pages to prove she didn't misuse sick leave

Air New Zealand has forced a sacked flight attendant to let bosses examine her bank records and Facebook pages in a row over her claiming sick leave

On The Road: See a different side of Venice by boarding a kayak

"Some of the older guys don't like the kayaks," said Rene. "They think they turn Venice into a theme park, like Gardaland [on the eastern shore of Lake Garda]. The younger gondoliers are more accepting, though, and will always wave as we pass."

TV presenter Helen Skelton has also complained of Twitter abuse

Helen Skelton quits Blue Peter after five years

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is to bow out after five and a half years next month - and will be replaced by CBBC colleague Radzi Chinyanganya.

Postcard from... Los Angeles

Francesco Schettino with his lawyer

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino launches last-ditch plea bargain

Schettino says he saved many lives on Concordia as he faces 20 years in jail at manslaughter trial

Five-minute memoir: Jay Griffiths on how she rejected all things feminine as a girl

When she was young, a tomboyish Griffiths longed to do everything her brothers did.

This unique Bronze Age dugout canoe from Must Farm, Cambridgeshire is decorated with a criss-cross design - the only such example known in Britain

Dug out canoes found in record haul in Cambridgeshire were Bronze Age Britons' 'run-abouts' of choice, say archaeologists

Ancient Britons made hundreds of thousands of dugout canoes, archaeologists now believe.

The search for April Jones in numbers: seven months, 23 square miles, 150 officers

The ultimately fruitless search for five-year-old April Jones began as a frantic race against time to find her alive and well.

The 10 Best adventure weekends

From wakeboarding in Sussex to photography is Cornwall, here's how to get busy this summer

Travel Agenda

From heated pods and Caledonian barges to micro-region festivals

Padstow speedboat accident: Brave rescuer Charlie Toogood hailed for stopping out-of-control boat

The waterskiing instructor almost certainly prevented more deaths

New champions: Victoria Pendleton

Team GB's retiring heroes from London 2012

Sir Chris Hoy has become the latest athlete to call time on his career

Joseph Kloska is a

Theatre review: Moby-Dick, Arcola, London

Wittgenstein famously remarked that “If a lion could speak, we would not be able to understand him” (because, as a different form of life, he would play wholly distinct language games).

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence