hei-fi 'I have very strong feelings on the matter,' says Anton Ferdinand

As the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand broke his long silence by saying he had "very strong feelings" about any possible racial abuse, Chelsea last night continued their backing for John Terry, who is likely to captain the team in a Champions League tie here this evening.

Country Life: Privy to information

For my 43rd birthday last week I was given a book called Herefordshire Privies.

Greens say wind power must be kept away from beauty spots

The Greens yesterday came out against the siting of wind farms on natural beauty spots, saying locations such as the Devon coastline and Loch Ness were under threat.

Robinson's men will train with league side

England head coach Andy Robinson was full of buzzwords as he made his first public utterances since being appointed to succeed Sir Clive Woodward last week.

Basketball: Raiders wary of revitalised Bullets

The National Cup is out of bounds for title-holders Plymouth Raiders this season after stepping up to the British Basketball League, whose clubs are still barred for having too many non-English players to comply with the eligibility restrictions of the sport's governing body, England Basketball.

The village ensnared by animal rights protests protest of animal rights prot

In the finest October traditions of rural Staffordshire, a rendition of "We plough the fields and scatter" was ringing out from Needwood Church of England primary school in Newborough yesterday afternoon. If events had run their normal course, the pupils' customary "circle time" with their headmistress would have been occupied with thoughts of harvest thanksgiving too.

Jill Farwell

Founder of a children's hospice for the West Country

Deacon and Harris provide Bulls with renewed heart

Leeds 12 Bradford 26

Hill's injury adds to Saracens sorrows

London Irish 20 Saracens 3

Wales win battle to host Lions warm-up game

There was a clear victory for Red Dragon rugby when it emerged that the 2005 British and Irish Lions would play a warm-up international against Argentina before leaving for their three-Test tour of New Zealand.

Harmison boycott starts soul-searching in England team

England's players have been given a week to decide whether they wish to tour Zimbabwe in November, or boycott the controversial trip.

Boy killed after hunt mistakes him for a fox

A schoolboy was shot dead while on a night hunting expedition after apparently being mistaken for a fox.

Thai murder suspect seeks deal from police colleagues

The policeman suspected of murdering two English backpackers in the Thai resort town of Kanchanaburi on Thursday contacted colleagues yesterday in the hope of brokering some kind of deal,

Robinson's scowl masks enthusiasm for England role

England's new head coach - a head coach of the "acting" variety for the next week or so, but one already exuding an air of permanence - spent much of yesterday fielding questions about everything under the sun.

Harlequins flattened by a late Sackey punch

London Irish 18 - Harlequins 12

Costin puts dent in Hull's play-off hopes

Huddersfield 22 - Hull 20
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system