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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

A marathon effort: 26-mile bridge opens

A bridge so long that it could host an entire marathon race has been opened between the Chinese port of Qingdao with the industrial suburb of Huangdao. It crosses Jiaozhou Bay and is the world's longest sea bridge.

To the River: A Journey Beneath The Surface, By Olivia Laing

I am haunted by waters", Olivia Laing tells us, as in this book she joins the best nature writers, becoming part of the revival begun by Richard Mabey. With it comes an inclination towards rhetorical ornament that can become self-consciously obtrusive. But not here. Laing is a brilliant wordsmith and this is a beautifully accomplished book. It recounts a walk she made, in the course of one week, tracing the path of the River Ouse in Sussex. The catalyst was a "minor crisis". The loss of job and boyfriend in quick succession proved an immediate stimulus. But this walk also engaged the depths of what she knew, and preparation for it must have begun in childhood.

Man presumed dead after ship plunge

A man was missing presumed dead today after falling overboard a cruise ship into the English Channel, officials said.

Lucien Pissarro in England, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Pissarro fils experimented with Camille's pointillism. but it was as a printer that he made his own mark

Christmas Day goes swimmingly in sun and snow

With temperatures dropping to -18C in parts of north-east England and Scotland, even the prospect of the coldest winter since 1890 was not enough to dampen the spirits of Britain's intrepid adventurers eager to mark Christmas Day.

Trio airlifted to hospital after ship fire

Three sailors were airlifted to hospital tonight after suffering smoke inhalation from a fire on board their ship.

Found after 300 years, the scourge of the British navy

Wreck found off Plymouth is identified as feared French corsair

Crew rescued after Channel ships collide

All 13 crewmen from a chemical product tanker were safely rescued today after they abandoned ship in the English Channel following a collision with a cargo vessel.

Four amputations, 13 hours – one extraordinary swim

16 years after losing all his limbs, Philippe Croizon crosses Channel

Simon Calder: Sailing by - our shrinking links with Europe

Tomorrow at midnight, the historic passenger ferry link between Dover and Boulogne will end. Already, one of the two ships that LD Lines uses for the route has been taken out of service: the Norman Bridge is expected to sail west along the length of the English Channel this weekend, then turn sharply to port around the tip of the Breton peninsula to make for the city of Nantes.

Branson aims for cross-channel record

Sir Richard Branson will attempt to set two world records today when he kite-boards across the English Channel to celebrate his 60th birthday.

‘Crocodile’ sighted in Channel was a log

A large crocodile sighted in the English Channel on Friday was actually a piece of wood, coastguards in Dover and France said yesterday.

How the booze cruise hit the Rocks

Weak pound and cut-rate offers by our supermarkets spell end to cars filled with cheap French plonk. Rob Hastings reports

Flint findings in Kent reveal new era of prehistory

Archaeologists have discovered a previously unknown epoch in British pre-history when Stone Age hunters re-entered Britain after an absence of up to 90,000 years – because of climatically induced sea-level changes which turned the English Channel into dry land.

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