Voices Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York

All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas, By Matthew Hollis<br />Selected Poems, By Edward Thomas, edited by Matthew Hollis

Thomas Hardy, writing in "Afterwards" of "the dewfall hawk" and the "glad green wings" of May, hoped to be identified as "a man who used to notice such things". Edward Thomas (1872-1917) lacked even this vestigial optimism, but as he walked and cycled the breadth of rural England, he too was intimately attentive to what he encountered – a group of aspens, a nettle-bed, a path vanishing in a wood. In Now All Roads lead to France, Matthew Hollis, himself a poet, sets out to honour Thomas with similar care for the poems, the life and the literary climate in which the poet worked and where, with the help of Robert Frost, he eventually uncovered his poetic gift before joining the millions killed in the First World War.

Yew and me: Anna Pavord visits a garden near Leeds where topiary is a cut above the usual

In the garden of Hillbark, Bardsey, just north of Leeds is one of the strangest pieces of yew topiary you're ever likely to see. Tim Gittins and Malcolm Simm have been gardening at Hillbark for 26 years, starting from scratch on a long, thin piece of ground that sloped away from the house to a stream in the valley below. Cleverly, they terraced the garden into three different levels and made a very beautiful pond at the bottom.

Shabazz Palaces - inside avant rap's soul

Miguel Cullen interviews Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces - the face of the avant-rap movement glamorised by Tyler the Creator - about rap selling its soul, winning a Grammy in another life and race-relations in America.

International paedophile ring leaders jailed

Three men were jailed today after they admitted running an international paedophile ring that distributed millions of indecent images and films of children to over 40 countries around the world.

Leading article: Preparation is the only defence against drought

The consequences of an exceptionally dry spring are hitting home.

Kelly campaigners to fight on as Government rules out inquest

The attorney-General's refusal yesterday to request an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly was furiously condemned by campaigners, who are now planning a legal challenge.

David Kelly inquest ruled out

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has ruled out asking the High Court to order an inquest into the death of David Kelly.

Pensioners trade eating for heating says report

Pensioners use less than half of their winter fuel payment for heating, while many cut back on food during cold snaps in order to spend more on keeping warm, a report has indicated.

Music for Solaris: the mentoring process

The Australian experimental composer Ben Frost is in London to meet his mentor Brian Eno, ahead of their joint project at the Reykjavik Festival in Iceland this weekend.

Album: Sigyn Birkeland, Frost: Parapraxis, Bassoon Concerto; Karlsen: Serenata (Signum Classics)

Sigyn Birkeland has put together an intriguing programme of modern bassoon pieces.

Meek's Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt, 104 mins (PG)<br/>Cold Weather, Aaron Katz, 97 mins (No Cert)

John Ford would have hated this stark Western in which a girl and a native American emerge on top

Osborne's Budget 'has betrayed the elderly'

Cuts to fuel allowance will create worry for millions of pensioners, say campaigners

Get back in trim: Make the big tidy-up your new season's resolution

It's the start of a new season, and garden centres and high-class nurseries alike are trying to persuade you to start spending your money. But before that, think about the following ways to make a fresh horticultural start to 2011...

Cauli wobbles: farmers' fear as harvests rot

First purple sprouting broccoli, now cauliflowers. It's been a bad year for brassicas, reports Jonathan Brown
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