Sport On your bike: Atherton hopes her success will inspire more young women to try the sport she loves

Rio is now in the sights of World Cup champion who has capped a highly successful year by being named the first BT Sport Action Woman of the Year

Focus DIY chain unveils rescue plan

Britain's biggest commercial landlords will back a deal to save DIY chain Focus at a creditors' meeting today.

Homebase set for another year of DIY retail gloom

Home Retail Group has forecast another year of double-digit falling sales at its DIY chain, Homebase, as it battles against dire trading conditions in the wider home improvement market.

Unable to move, Britons are set to splash out £4.5bn on DIY over Easter

Britons are planning to spend £4.5bn on home improvements this Easter, according to research by the Co-operative Bank Mortgages. Londoners will splash out the most, with an estimated £200 to be spent on DIY during the holiday. Those in the north-east will spend a more conservative £116.

Travis Perkins axes dividend as profits slump by 44 per cent

Builders merchant admits right issue is an option if trading conditions worsen

Craftsman top of the rankings

Aidan O'Brien's Mastercraftsman was yesterday rated last year's top two-year-old in Europe but his handicap mark of 122 was 4lb lower than that achieved by 2007 champion New Approach.

The 50 Best Power Tools

Resolved to do it yourself this year? David Phelan picks all the plumb lines, carpet cleaners, drills and DIY kit you’ll ever need.

DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture, By Amy Spencer

It's difficult to know quite what to make of this book. Spencer is an enthusiastic writer with some good things to say, but maybe she isn't the best person to say them. That's the problem with the DIY ethic and the people who remain rooted in it. Hard work regularly wins out over inspired creativity and in her earnest, leaden way, Spencer's writing epitomises what you regularly find when you dip into lo-fi culture. There's a reason why most of the best artists who begin by doing things for themselves either messily implode or cross over into the mainstream, finding their niche on record labels, in galleries or at commercial publishers: doing things for yourself can force bigger compromises on your energy and time than coping with the soulless demands of business.

Woolworths' new chief stands to net £7m in high street's toughest job

The DIY retailer Steve Johnson stands to collect a £7m windfall if he succeeds in what is reckoned to be the toughest job in British retailing – turning round the ailing high-street chain Woolworths.

Profits fall at Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins warned that the housing market will deteriorate further, as it posted a drop in first half pre-tax profits yesterday.

Album: We Are the Physics, We Are the Physics are OK at Music (DIY)

While Franz Ferdinand toil over their third album, there's a gap in the market for danceable art-pop from Scotland, and fellow Glaswegian quartet We Are the Physics have dashed into it.

Use of DIY stem cell blood kits curbed

New regulations are to be introduced to curb the use of DIY kits for collecting blood from umbilical cords.

Leading article: A waste of energy

Several years ago, when confronted with the environmental damage inflicted by gas-powered patio heaters, B&Q sought solace in the old arms dealers' defence: "If we do not sell them, then our competitors will."

London Zoo: Did we leave anyone in the tiger's den?

London Zoo is raising money with a new scheme allowing members of the public to care for wild beasts, as keepers for a day. But it's not easy to keep on the right side of a penguin or a big cat, finds Peter Conchie
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Make the most of British tomatoes

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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