News Debris washed up by flood water in Moorland, where 40 square miles of the Somerset Levels remain underwater

Officials were told 12 months ago that rivers posed a serious risk but failed to take any action

Virtual solution to a data dilemma

How to upgrade IT systems without wasting time or money on any unnecessary features

101 Albums That Changed Popular Music, By Chris Smith

Though its textbook appearance suggests that this is yet another volume from America's burgeoning rock academia, Smith is actually a US music journalist. He can write well and has a keen eye for a good quote. Bono: "Some bands went to art school. We went to Brian Eno."

Millions of homes 'at risk of flooding'

One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency warned today.

Talks poised to take caravan parks out of private equity firm's control

Talks to restructure Park Resorts, the ailing private equity-backed caravan group, are believed to have reached a critical juncture, sources close to the situation have said.

TV adverts for personal loans face ban

Advertising regulator to crackdown on 'irresponsible' lending offers

Forgiven: The belated rehabilitation of Jeremy Thorpe

As the Lib Dems prepare to mark the ex-leader's 80th birthday, David Randall recalls his bizarre fall

Celtic's exit leaves Strachan shaken

St Mirren 1 Celtic 0

Nakamura hat-trick helps Celtic run riot

Celtic 7 St Mirren 0

Leading article: Lessons from Dunwich

The fate of Dunwich, the Suffolk town that disappeared under the sea and whose church bells, according to legend, are heard tolling beneath the waves, has long exercised a hold on the English imagination. There is something melancholy about the sea silently wresting back land that we have made our own, which is why Chris Smith's warnings on the future scale of coastal erosion are likely to inspire a good deal of dread.

Burnham questions: The Secretary of State for Culture takes a bow

Three months into the job, the new Culture Secretary is staggered by Tory plans to end impartial news on commercial television, but open-minded about top-slicing the licence fee. He is also, as a northerner, a big fan of 'The Royle Family'.

Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London<br />Tess Jaray, Lyon & Turnbull, London

The Jerwood's selection has some wonderful works in it, but some are, frankly, icky and others aren't paintings at all

St Johnstone 1 St Mirren 1: Platini heads for exit too early for Dorman

No sooner had Michel Platini slipped away from the ground, than Andy Dorman conjured up a sublime goal that sent this Scottish Cup quarter-final to a replay next Tuesday night. The Frenchman left with 20 minutes to go and missed Dorman restoring parity in Perth after Liam Craig's first-half penalty.

Rangers 4 St Mirren 0: Whittaker at double as Rangers cruise on

Steven Whittaker doubled his tally for the season yesterday to send Rangers seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League and heap the pressure on title rivals Celtic who face Falkirk today. "I'll feel a lot better if we still have that lead on Monday morning," said Rangers manager, Walter Smith.

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Mandela, the statue without a home

As the finishing touches are put to the £400,000 sculpture, the capital's authorities are still arguing about where to put it
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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

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The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

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Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

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Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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