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

Diamond Jubilee celebrations: Pimm's panic as Britain brings out the bunting

Bunting, Pimm's and gnomes have become sell-out products as people hold outdoor parties to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Topps bears up despite economic strife

There was a small reason for optimism about the retail sector yesterday when Topps Tiles delivered results that show it is at least holding its own.

The Insider: How to add interest to splashbacks

A friend is re-doing her kitchen and wants to incorporate an interesting splashback to replace the simple square, coloured tiles she has. So I did a bit of hunting around for some off-piste ideas...

Chilly outlook for Bank Holiday weekend

Barbecues and beach trips will be off the agenda this Bank Holiday as sub-zero temperatures and even some snow are set to keep people at home.

Market Report: Weather threatens to rain on Kingfisher's update

It is always easy to blame the weather. While most stocks on the Footsie were heating up yesterday, Kingfisher ended up looking rather soggy amid warnings that the recent downpours may result in the retailer's trading update at the end of the month turning out to be a bit of a damp squib.

Bank Holiday decorating: The Dos and Don'ts

Emily Jenkinson picks up some top tips for DIY-ers at the new decorating course for Homebase staff

Some insurers are accused of taking motorists for a ride

Hidden fees are increasing the cost of car cover

When buying motor insurance, you need to look at all the fees and charges, not just the quote price.

Album: John Jacon Niles, The Boone-Tolliver Recordings (LM Dupli-Cation)

Back before the folk revival of the Sixties, John Jacob Niles was the repository of an American folk tradition rooted not in the topical-song movement of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, but an older, stranger world traceable to the ballads of the British Isles brought over by early settlers.

And the prize for great literature goes to... nobody

For the first time in 35 years, the Pulitzer Prize board has announced there's no fiction prize for 2012. US publishers are in uproar: the prize money is nugatory ($10,000) but the boost to sales incalculable. It's as if the board announced there's no Christmas this year.

Holy Jihad, from the inside: Timothy Mo

Pure, By Timothy Mo

Just past the halfway mark in Timothy Mo's seventh novel, his heroine – a strapping Bangkok ladyboy who has joined a company of bloodthirsty Islamist warriors – wanders through a serene orchard on an island close to Singapore. Snooky's jihadi platoon (sanook = fun in Thai) has halted for a brief rest en route to help the insurgent Moros of the Philippines as fellow holy warriors. She (and for all the unwanted testosterone that jungle warfare brings, Snooky's chosen pronoun never wavers) samples the fruit of the ebony tree. It is not dark and dense like the wood, but pale, delicate and enigmatic: "tart and sweet in the same mouthful, soft but crunchy... If marzipan dormice grew on trees... they would taste like this". If this moment smacks of Eden, and forbidden fruit, it also helps initiate Snooky into the mysteries of the jihadi pursuit, where darkness yields to light, stark contradictions resolve themselves, and chaste perfection grows from the crooked timber of humanity.

Shauna Richardson's Lionheart Project features three giant crocheted lions

Animal artist Shauna Richardson has roar talent

"When I tell people I crotchet animals they immediately lose interest," says Leicestershire-based artist Shauna Richardson. But in her hands, the quaint and grannyish technique of crochet is in no way dull. She calls her craft "crochetdermy", a mashing of words that neatly describes the knitting of life-size animal heads that can be mounted on walls.

Reels on wheels: French rally biker Gilles Planson rides with a GoPro Hero

Who dares films

Helmet-mounted HD cameras are capable of recording riders'face-on thrills, which is why extreme sports fans love them. Will Coldwell gets a heads up

Reels on wheels: French rally biker Gilles Planson rides with a GoPro Hero

Who dares films: Why extreme-sports fans love helmet-mounted cameras

They're capable of recording your every move. Will Coldwell gets a high-def heads-up.

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (25/03/12)

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Kingfisher reports profits boost

B&Q owner Kingfisher hailed the success of its four-year turnaround today after seeing profits more than double to £807 million over the period.

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

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'Timeless fashion'

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If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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