News Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill recreated wakeboarding, similar to that pictured, in a carpark in Guildford

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

Son of ousted Kyrgyz leader flees to UK

The son of toppled Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev is seeking asylum in Britain, it was revealed today.

Chapter One, Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, Kent

I don't want to be negative about the "Garden of England" but the area around the Chapter One restaurant suffers from a slight reputation problem. Since the 1950s, this suburban district on the edges of Farnborough, Croydon and Bromley has been considered Desperado Central: a lawless terrain of mock-Tudor homes and gated communities where retired armed robbers, Cockney racketeers and their kohl-drenched partners in crime used to retire to spend their ill-gotten gains. Of course, this is a foolish cliché, like the idea that Kent is full of gin-soaked lechers motoring to roadhouses in Maidstone with young popsies called Joy or Samantha in the MG's passenger seat. But there's a real feeling of stepping into the past about stepping into Chapter One.

Leslie Hodson: Particle physicist and pioneer in the study of cosmic rays

Leslie Hodson was an experimental particle physicist who developed cloud- and spark-chamber techniques in the study of cosmic rays.

'They made us the poorest of the poor' say Gurkhas

They celebrated victory in their fight for the right to live here. Now the Gurkhas feel betrayed and exploited. Terri Judd hears their grievances

US contract loss torpedoes BAE profits

Defence giant BAE Systems today said profits had been torpedoed by the loss of a key US contract and hefty fines to settle bribery allegations.

The Big Six: Plane hotels

Costa Verde Resort

Age & Sons, Charlotte Court, Ramsgate, Kent

Despite a rumoured sighting of Samuel L Jackson in a Herne Bay barbers, it's fair to say that the Kent coast has some way to go before it rivals the Italian Riviera as a tourist destination. Anyone who, like Billericay Dickie, fancied a rendezvous with Janet quite near the Isle of Thanet would hardly be spoilt for choice when it came to boutique hotels and atmospheric local bistros.

Mother relives horror of plane crash that killed son

A woman told an inquest today of the terrifying moment when a plane she was flying in crashed on take-off and killed her six-year-old son.

Teacher jailed for lesbian affair with pupil

A public school mistress, who was "pressured" into a lesbian affair by a 15-year-old pupil, wept today as she was jailed for 15 months.

Three charged over 'Facebook' party brawl

Three teenagers were charged today in connection with a fight which broke out after more than 100 people gatecrashed a party advertised on the social networking website Facebook.

1,100 jobs axed as defence giant quits site

Defence giant BAE Systems is to axe 1,100 jobs and close one of its sites, unions said today.

Professor Christopher Elrington: Historian who devoted his career to the 'Victoria County History'

Christopher Elrington devoted the whole of his professional life as a historian to the Victoria County History, that magnificent encyclopaedic work attempting to provide fully researched and properly referenced historical accounts of all the counties of England and their more than 10,000 individual parishes. Some 250 large red volumes of the VCH have appeared since the endeavour began in 1899. Elrington had an increasingly influential hand in all the volumes that have appeared in the last 50 years.

Take five British treats

In the year of holidaying at home, you may be looking for something with that extra special oomph to turn a UK vacation into a really memorable occasion. Ian McCurrach selects some potential winners

Five held after Facebook party brawl

A police helicopter was scrambled after a fight broke out when more than 100 people gatecrashed a party advertised on the social networking website Facebook, officers said today.

Fisher has every chance of bringing this baby home

Father-to-be reproduces his finest form even though his mind is on events at home
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