Book review: Hunters in the Snow, By Daisy Hildyard

Skilful probe into our links with the past

Marcel Kittel celebrates his stage win

Tour de France 2013: Frustrated Mark Cavendish involved in collision during sprint finish

Marcel Kittel went on to win stage 10 of the Tour

Last year's giant-killer Lukas Rosol as he made a first-round exit after defeat to Julian Reister

Wimbledon 2013: No heroics this year from giant-killer Lukas Rosol

The lights of Centre Court seemed a long way away for last year's Wimbledon giant-killer Lukas Rosol as he made a first-round exit today.

Liverpool fans set off a flare at the Etihad stadium

Liverpool warn fans over use of 'pyrotechnic devices' at matches

This season there have been frequent episodes of canisters being opened at away games

Fabian Delph of Aston Villa won't be able to hide at Old Trafford

Manchester United v Aston Villa: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

Book of a lifetime: Earthly Powers, By Anthony Burgess

Has there ever been a more grandiose title for a novel? In calling this book Earthly Powers, Anthony Burgess seems to be suggesting that he has written a novel about everything. The extraordinary thing is that in these dense 648 pages, he has.

Ideal for holidays: the Coolpix S3500

A week with: Nikon Coolpix S3500

Cute and cool – but don't expect too much

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli banned for three matches after insulting official during AC Milan draw

Former Manchester City striker will miss crucial games against Napoli and leaders Juventus

China girl: Mary Bevan (Lila) in Hull Truck’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter

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Add magnesium to strontium, and prepare yourself for fireworks

The view from a windscreen camera as the meteor streaked over the Urals

Visit the town that survived Armageddon: Russian city hit by meteor makes a bid for space tourism

Tourism bosses in Chelyabinsk hope to build a 'Meteor Disneyland' in the southern Russian city

A view of the Lazio crowd during the match with Tottenham

Lazio face stadium ban from UEFA amid allegations of racism

Supporters charged for the fourth time this season

Robbie Williams rumoured to be joining Take That pal Gary Barlow as X Factor judge

Take That duo Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow could be reunited on the X Factor judging panel, according to reports.

Controversial: Tony Harrison

The Week in Radio: Tony Harrison is 75 - but he hasn't aged and nor has V

In the summer of 1972 Alice Cooper, the fright-wigged shock-rocker, sent Mary Whitehouse, the blue-rinsed umbrage-taker, a bunch of flowers along with a note of thanks. Through the latter's vociferous campaigning to have Cooper's single "School's Out" banned from Top of the Pops, she inadvertently propelled it to the top of the charts.

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Dan Biggar admits his Wales career has been ‘a little stop-start’

Rob Howley confident that Dan Biggar can be better in Wales' sacred No 10 role

Coach calls for patience as outside-half admits to feeling the pressure before Six Nations debut

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Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect