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A Canadian company has discovered that Nenthead may be sitting on one of Europe's biggest deposits

After the Rainfall, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

A blurb describing After the Rainfall, a new production by Curious Directive, says that the drama explores “ant migration patterns”. It does, in depth, but don’t let that put you off.

Danny Boyle, with London 2012 crew and volunteers, unveils a model of the Opening Ceremony yesterday

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While the sun may be shining on Team GB's cyclists after their historic results in the Tour de France, there is a risk of showers for London on the day of the Olympic opening ceremony.

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A 22-year-old man has died after apparently jumping from a bridge renowned for attracting thrill-seeking "tombstoners".

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Chronic shortage of doctors, nurses and porters – and patients fainting from pain

Shafilea Ahmed’s father denies murder after wife changes story

A father accused of murdering his daughter because he believed she had brought shame on his family broke down in court today as he denied the charge.

Dry rivers kill rare mussels

The best site for the freshwater pearl mussel – supposedly the reason Julius Caesar invaded Britain – has been seriously damaged by low flows in the Cumbrian river.

Government flood defence spending criticised

The Government was forced to defend its spending on flood defences today as the clean-up from a weekend of more flooding continued.

High tide: Hebden Bridge under water yesterday

Flood havoc in North and there's more to come

The clean-up starts as public urged to stay vigilant and the Met Office warns of further heavy rainfall

Homes evacuated as month's worth of rain falls in a day

More than 11,000 homes and businesses are being protected by flood defences and owners of 7,000 properties have been issued with warnings as people were forced to flee after more than a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours.

UK on flood alert as deluge predicted

Large parts of England and Wales are on flood alert tonight after a month's worth of rain was predicted to fall in just 24 hours.

Former paperboy Farrell has eye on making his own headlines during London 2012

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Northern League tackles offensive language

Teams such as Darlington Railway Athletic, Horden Colliery Welfare and Billingham Synthonia continue to evoke the era when men toiled in pit and factory all week before donning a pair of baggy shorts for a Saturday afternoon kick-about.

Shady character: All hail the mighty fern

It's spent millennia perfecting itself, unfurls its fronds like a Zen master, and can liven up the dullest bit of tarmac...

Carlisle takeaway boss jailed for child sex

A takeaway boss has been jailed for 15 years after paying under-age girls for sex and inciting others to become child prostitutes.

Swan glide through the flooded riverside walkways in the shadow of the cathedral in Worcester yesterday

Heavy rain may cause more flooding

More localised flooding could hit parts of southern and eastern England and Wales as another band of heavy rain sweeps in, the Environment Agency has warned.

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