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At least not in the way we perceive them now, he suggests

Williams home after 'amazing' Vancouver triumph

Amy Williams arrived back in London last night admitting her gold medal at the Vancouver Games felt "absolutely amazing".

British medal hopes crash to earth

Suddenly the glory of Amy Williams' skeleton gold looked, well, skeletal as Britain's Winter Olympics slid away on what had looked the most promising of the ice.

Britain's bob team see medal hopes slide away

Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke went into last night's final rounds of the women's bobsleigh with their hopes of winning a medal hanging by a thread after they trailed in 10th place following the first two runs.

Britain's bobsleigh medal hopes fade

Nicola Minichiello's hopes of claiming Olympic gold on the same Whistler track as Amy Williams suffered a blow when she trailed in 10th place after the first two runs of the women's bobsleigh.

What to watch today: Day 12

Williams roars to gold for Britain in skeleton

Amy Williams roared to Britain's first Olympic gold medal in an individual winter event since 1980 in the women's skeleton last night but had an anxious wait before Canada had an appeal against her helmet rejected.

Women's Skeleton: Williams fast emerging as Hollingsworth's true rival

Struggling Rudman in danger of being eclipsed by Bath's fearless contender

Album: Yeasayer, Odd Blood (Mute/Secretly Canadian)

Yeasayer's second album starts by trying to scare the living hell out of you, then spends the rest of its time putting a comforting arm around your shoulder.

The Immigrant, By Manju Kapur

Since her popular debut, Difficult Daughters, Manju Kapur has written a series of comic and worldly novels detailing the common concerns of middle-class Indian women, including a lesbian romance. Her fourth novel chronicles the lives of two NRIs (non-resident Indians), Nina and Ananda, and their newly-married life in 1970s Canada.

Pontypool, Bruce McDonald, 93 mins, (15)

Starring Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle

The missing: Each year, 275,000 Britons disappear

The number of people vanishing is at record levels, with the recession a key factor. Many soon return, but who helps the agonised families of those who stay away?

Norman Tebbit: 'Margaret and I both made the same mistake. We neglected to clone ourselves'

I meet Norman Tebbit, that old icon of the Right, loyal keeper of the Thatcher faith and now Baron Tebbit of Chingford, in the central lobby at the Houses of Parliament.

Diary of a Third Year: 'In Britain you get a degree – in Canada you get an education'

I got a bit bored studying history at Sheffield University in my first year. I felt like a change, so when the chance to study abroad came up, I seized it and fetched up at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Margaret Atwood: 'People should live joyfully'

The celebrated writer's new novel is another dystopian tale of environmental catastrophe, but in person she is far from gloomy

Passchendaele (15)

The name of this small Belgian village is synonymous with one of the most horrific attritional campaigns of the First World War.

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House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

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War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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