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Some villages cut off by floodwater by almost a month

Between the Covers 25/08/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Wagner's Tannhauser at the Proms

Classical review: Triumph for the BBC SSO and Deutsche Oper's Tannhauser at the Proms, and Tine Thing Helseth's brass ensemble at the Cadogan Hall

Prom 29 – Tannhauser, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, Runnicles/ Chamber Prom 4, Tine Thing Helseth

Rivals leaving Britain behind in ‘global race’ for recovery

Analysis of IMF data claims UK growth will trail most other major economies by the end of Coalition’s term

PSV and Lyon take first-leg leads in Champions League qualifiers

Teams are vying for a shot at the play-offs to the full competition

This painting of French artist Lucien Pissarro by J B Manson is worth up to £30,000 and can now be sold to pay for dementia care

Council wins right to sell heirlooms to fund a father’s care

A man has lost his battle to prevent family heirlooms, including a painting by Lucien Pissarro worth up to £30,000, from being seized to fund his father’s care.

Lisicki defeated Kanepi 6-3 6-3 to equal her previous best at the All England Tennis Club with a semi-final appearance

Wimbledon 2013: Serena Williams' conqueror Sabine Lisicki books her place in the semi-finals

23-year-old German defeats Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-3 to equal her previous best at the All England Tennis Club

Wimbledon 2013: Sabine Lisicki believes the best is yet to come after stunning win over Serena Williams

Serena Williams' conqueror Sabine Lisicki believes the best is yet to come ahead of today's quarter-final clash with Kaia Kanepi.

Laura Robson’s run was ended in straight sets

Wimbledon 2013:Tearful Laura Robson admits pressure hurt her chances

Home-favourite beaten in straight-sets by Kaia Kanepi

Wimbledon 2013: British hopes dashed as Laura Robson's run comes to an end against Kaia Kanepi

Home-favourite is beaten in straight-sets 6-7 5-7 by Kaia Kanepi

The Romanians at heart of UK tech boom

Eastern European immigrants won’t all steal British jobs

The Romanians at heart of UK tech boom

Eastern European immigrants won’t all steal British jobs

Wimbledon 2013: Laura Robson prepares for doubles campaign

Laura Robson begins her doubles campaign today after becoming the first British woman to beat a top-10 player at Wimbledon for 15 years.

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Return to action on hold again: Jessica Ennis-Hill pulls out of Tallinn

Jessica Ennis-Hill has had to put her 2013 heptathlon debut on hold again – raising doubts over whether she will be fully fit for the World Championships in Moscow, which start on 10 August.

Great two-wheeled breaks this summer

Will the Tour de France inspire you to ride off on a cycling holiday?

Andy McSmith's Diary: Woolwich Twitter witness, Boya Dee, refuses to sell story

The first that many people knew about the ghastly murder in Woolwich was from the Twitter feed of an eye witness, Boya Dee, a south London musician and filmmaker.

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