Sport Tiger Woods looks on from the first hole during the second round at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods endured one of the worst days of his distinguished career as he shot a 79 at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday to miss the third-round cut.

Angry Birds heads for US listing

Rovio, the developer of the Angry Birds game for mobile phones, is looking at an initial public offering in the US.

Finland's oldest city puts on her glad rags

City Slicker - Turku: This medieval Baltic port is a European Capital of Culture for 2011. Eithne Nightingale offers tips for new and returning visitors

Turku: a beacon in the Baltic

The Finnish city of Turku is expecting more than two million visitors during its time as European Capital of Culture for 2011. And now's the perfect time to visit this enlightened wonderland, says Jo Caird

Travel challenge: Visiting Santa Claus in Finnish Lapland

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a short winter break in Finnish Lapland. Prices are for an early December departure for a family of two adults and one pre-school child.

Baxter leaves Finland post

Stuart Baxter has left his role as Finland coach but will stay on in a consulting role.

Chance of allergy 'depends on season of birth'

A child's chance of developing an allergy could depend on the season in which the youngster was conceived, experts said today.

Trail of the unexpected: Tampere

From Miro to the Moomins, the Finnish city of Tampere is full of surprises, says Chris Leadbeater

Ainslie leads way for Britain in Finn

Britain turned on the power on the Olympic track that is Weymouth Bay yesterday, going into the clubhouse with three of the top seven Finn sailors, among them triple gold and silver medallist Ben Ainslie, second, and Giles Scott third.

World sauna contest ends as contestant dies in 110C room

A Russian man trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 110C room as water was tossed on to a searing stove, officials and witnesses said.

Speedway: Great Britain put trust in experience

While it may lack some of the hype of this summer's South African extravaganza, the two-wheeled version, the eight-team FIM Speedway World Cup, gets underway this evening in the slightly less exotic location of King's Lynn.

18th century champagne found in shipwreck

Divers discovered what is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable champagne in a 200-year-old shipwreck under the Baltic Sea.

Travelling Light, By Tove Jansson, trans. Silvester Mazzarella

It was just exactly as she had imagined it, a great silken-smooth life-force caught and held in her hands. To her astonishment, the rare, furious joy of clasping the creature in her arms suddenly went right through her and took her breath away." The creature is a huge, friendly, importunate herring-gull, whom the woman, Elsa, has named Casimir. She and her husband Arne have come to a remote island to help him get over a breakdown induced by teaching unruly classes. The seabirds will be their solace and diversion. But though there are generic truths about these sharers of their island for the couple to perceive, there are particular ones also – and Casimir remains Casimir, with unique demands.

Broadband access made a legal right in Finland

Finland has made internet access a legal right for all citizens.

Finland suffers double dip

Finland has become the first European Union country to suffer a double-dip recession after its economy contracted again in the first quarter of 2010, hit by a port strike in March and a colder than usual winter.

Short people 'face greater heart disease risk'

Short people are at higher risk of heart disease than those who are taller, research out today suggests.

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