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Boyd’s Bond is driven but torn

Pensioner is hurt 'tombstoning'

Coastguards warned about the dangers of "tombstoning" yesterday after a 75-year-old man jumped from an 80ft beauty spot and was seriously hurt.

Geoffrey Hutchings: Veteran character actor who portrayed Sid James on stage and screen and played 'minted' Mel in 'Benidorm'

Although he was much admired for taking many character roles on screen and stage over almost half a century, Geoffrey Hutchings did not become a "star" until he appeared in the television sitcom Benidorm. He played Mel Harvey, the working-class businessman who frequently boasted of becoming a millionaire after setting up, then selling, his "five sunbed shops in the Greater Manchester area". Even then, the actor was a household "face" rather than name.

Miss Jones goes online to help hard-pressed PAs

Here's another woman with a booming online business.

Hair dye blamed for Shaftesbury car blaze tragedy

A young hairstylist from Dorset probably died as a result of her cigarette igniting hydrogen peroxide in her car and engulfing it in flames, her parents said.

Cheltenham Diary: Sign of the times on Cleeve Hill

Nothing, it seems, is sacred in the commercial world in which we live. The timeless Cheltenham racecourse backdrop of Cleeve Hill has been desecrated Hollywood-style. There, in the rolling folds of the edge of the Cotswolds, are 270-feet worth of giant white letters, courtesy of the Irish bookmaking firm Paddy Power, allowing it to promote its name across the whole racecourse. The edifice is 50 feet high, making it bigger than Tinseltown's eponymous landmark. It is also longer than the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorchester, Dorset, although which bit of that is not specified.

The Big Six: Indulgent British spas

From a five-star 1920s country pile in Scotland to a countryside retreat complete with 'spa butlers' and an igloo...

Fewer people marrying than any time for a century

Marriage rates in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest level since records began in 1862.

Travel Agenda: Manchester's skydiving centre; Dorchester's Bafta afternoon tea; Kenya's Roft Valley Festival

Today: Experience the sensation of freefalling, without jumping out of a plane, at the new Airkix Indoor Skydiving centre at Trafford Quays in Manchester. It's the UK's biggest indoor skydiving tunnel: imagine being suspended by a giant upturned hairdryer. Find it next door to the Chill Factore indoor snow centre ( airkix.com ).

Michael McCarthy: My Christmas quest for the golden plover

Nature Notebook: While a flock of lapwings all look like disorganised stragglers, goldies in a flock are tightly bunched and fast and resolute

Green-fingered gifts: Mail-order christmas presents allow you to shop without leaving the comfort of your potting shed

Mail-order catalogues are riveting things. There are so many items in them that you cannot imagine anybody ever wanting or using. Bathroom things, especially.

Letters: 'Vegetative state' victims

The tragic truth about 'vegetative state' victims

Shoppers flock to value stores

Two former Woolworths directors predict good times ahead for the independent high-street sector, reports Virginia Matthews
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

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

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
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

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?