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Diamond Jubilee: Flag-waving, bunting and street parties from Padstow

From Thurso to Truro, communities came together yesterday in a riot of bunting and Union Flags despite the rain and overcast skies. An estimated six million people sat down to tens of thousands of jubilee-themed lunches across the UK, with 10,000 alone partying in Greenwich.

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.

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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The Diary: Orange Prize; Glenn Miller; Last Of The Summer Wine; Colin

Reflecting on the emotional rollercoaster that was Daisy Goodwin's internship as chair of the Orange Prize jury, the TV producer likened it to "Sex and the City but with books instead of shoes". Despite being diametrically opposed to some on the jury at the start, she says, she felt an immense level of girlie bonding by the end of the process. "I was definitely Charlotte," she adds, although it is still a moot point which of her fellow judges – Lib-Dem peer Baroness Neuberger, novelist Michèle Roberts, journalist Miranda Sawyer or Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman – would stand in for Samantha. Daisy says: "At the start, it felt like a blind date with five other women, with whom you didn't talk about shoes but about stuff that really mattered to you. It was a weird way of getting to know people." Meanwhile, Shulman was believed to have been rooting for Attica Locke's excellent noir debut, Black Water Rising, to win the grand prize, which in the end went to fellow American Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna.