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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Divers help in river search for missing eight-year-old boy

Police divers were today helping in the continuing search for an eight-year-old boy who fell into a swollen river while playing with friends.

Big One Rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

World records: When life is – literally – a rollercoaster ride

Richard Rodriguez must have a strong stomach. The American rollercoaster enthusiast announced yesterday that he'd be attempting to ride the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for 102 days – from 31 May to mid-September.

Rain fails to alleviate drought

This week's heavy rain has not alleviated the drought gripping swathes of the country, the Environment Agency said today.

Album: Eric Whitacre, Water Night (Decca)

Water Night demonstrates the wider compositional abilities of American choral wunderkind Eric Whitacre, incorporating orchestral pieces alongside choral favourites such as "Her Sacred Spirit Soars".

Tipping point: I win the 25km open water swim in Shanghai last year
Jarno Smeets in full 'flight'

News to get in a flap about

It was a shaky video of such an astonishing feat that it was hard to imagine it wasn’t an act of computer-generated viral marketing. In a clip that had been viewed more than a million times by last night, a Dutch hobbyist appeared to have succeeded where Da Vinci and generations of dreamers had failed – and flown like a bird.

West Beach in Newhaven failed to make the grade, but other beaches could gain village green status

When is a beach not a beach? When it's a village green...

Naming technicality in legal test case may give public the right to use 'private' coastlines

P&O receives £150m cross-Channel ferry

P&O Ferries has taken delivery of a new £150 million ship set for service in one of the world's busiest waterways.

HMS Victory to be raised from the sea

The remains of the first HMS Victory are to be raised from the sea bed nearly 300 years after it sank, it was reported today.

70-year-old oldest to swim the English Channel

A retired breast cancer surgeon achieved his ambition of becoming the oldest person to swim the English Channel today.

Pensioner in bid to break Channel swim record

A 70-year-old retired breast cancer surgeon hopes to become the oldest person to swim the English Channel.

Competitors prepare for a race with a fearsome reputation

Fastnet Race Preview

Lost at sea – the £1bn of wasted cod

Almost £1bn worth of North Sea cod has been discarded by UK fishing vessels since 1963.

Anglers rescued after boat capsizes in English Channel

Three anglers had to be rescued this morning after their fishing boat capsized and sank in the English Channel.

A Day That Shook The World: First hovercraft run

On 25 July 1959, the fiftieth anniversary of Louis Blériot's successful flight across the English Channel, a totally new form of transport made its own first crossing of the Channel - the hovercraft.

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor