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The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

Serendipity: Hitting on the right note

SOME PEOPLE view serendipity as a form of divine intervention, a notion that is supported by the story of Art Fry, who worked for 3M in St Paul, Minnesota. Fry sang in the choir of his local Presbyterian church, where he was in the habit of slipping scraps of paper into his choir book so that he could find the next hymn more quickly. One Sunday in 1974, a paper marker fell from his book, and he found himself in the embarrassing position of not being ready to sing.

Design: The techie way to take a pic

Snap away to your heart's content and never buy a film again; oh the joy of going digital.

The mission Sometimes you just have to face it, says Maggie O'Farrell, beauty is more than skin-deep

have a nose. A big one. It has a bump in the middle which polite people describe as "aquiline" or "Roman" and rude people as "ski jump". But it has, with the passing of adolescence and the growth of much hair, long since ceased to be an issue. So when I am asked to go on a foray into the world of cosmetic surgery, I agree, partly because I am full of scorn for the self-interested, self-mutilating industry (I, for one, intend to reach the end of my life as 100 per cent biodegradable), and partly because I'm curious as to what cure they will offer for my particular protrusion.

Experiencing highs and lows of plane speaking

A COLLEAGUE of mine recently had the fortune to find himself sitting next to Tony Banks on a flight home from Geneva.

Money: The Trader - A terrible mistake

Paying off your mortgage early leaves you free to spend more on enjoying life.

Books: To have and to hold, in football and in love

Middle age and youth: Lilian Pizzichini on recent story and essay collections

Science: It'll be tight, but he might just do it

DR ANDY BAKER, of Newcastle University, is hoping to answer the most frequently asked question at Stumps Cross Caverns, a set of caves under the Yorkshire Dales: how fast do stalagmites grow?

Travel: Tartan but spartan

The modern, cheese-wedge buildings of Scotland's new national museum contrast sharply with historic Edinburgh. But will its contents be as striking?

Personal Finance: The shock of the 'new'

The third in our series on consumer rights and how to spot a good deal

Dance: The architecture of life

BABEL INDEX BRITISH LIBRARY LONDON

pounds 500,000 for school of the future

THE SCHOOL of the future has become science fact at Cranford in west London, writes Ben Russell.

Philosophy: delicate flower or essential tool?

Philosophical Notes

Leading Article: Mind-blowing ideas for the future

IF SCIENTISTS really have managed to bridge the gap between computers and the brain by inserting a chip into someone's head, the implications are immense. If someone can move a cursor on a computer screen simply by the power of thought, picked up by an electronic device, it will be possible eventually for thoughts to be transferred directly into words on a screen. Some of the implications are valuable, some are frightening: all are, in a very new sense, mind-blowing. Most immediately, the prospect is a hopeful one for those like Stephen Hawking whose minds race ahead while their bodies are left behind.

Network: My Technology: Just call me a copycat

The playwright Ken Campbell extols the many virtues of his Xerox photocopier

Personal Finance: Let your screen help you take cover

SCREENTRADE is an online insurance broker offering motor and home contents insurance. You can search, book and pay for your policy on line.
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz