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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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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence