Environment The new Revenio Carbon racer from Raleigh

Lacking a little oomph, but some very nice touches

Salvador paints, but Walt Disney! A surreal friendship (and an old joke)

Archives reveal how a successful creative collaboration became a strong long-lasting friendship

Visitation, By Jenny Erpenbeck, trans. Susan Bernofsky

That short fiction can be potent is no secret. From Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea to Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose, John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down (possession of which was punishable by death in parts of occupied Europe) to Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse and Thomas Mann's oeuvre, the special qualities of the form are acknowledged. Publishers such as Melville House in Brooklyn, or London's Peirene Press, have made the genre their sole focus, while the Left Bank establishment Shakespeare and Co celebrates it through the newly-launched Paris Literary Prize. Vive the novella.

Leading article: Troubles as deep as the oceans lie ahead

Discard fish is merely an egregious by-product of a fundamentally broken system

Callum Roberts: This practice is no good for fishermen or fish

Discards are wasteful, damaging and need to be stopped. And measures to bring them to an end are long overdue. Good money is spent catching fish that you then have to throw away with little prospect of them reviving. It's a crazy waste of marine resources and of the effort put in by fishermen. Discards are a big problem for most of the seas around the UK. They cause unwanted mortality in fish stocks and they undermine fishery management. They are no good to us as consumers, they are no good to the health of fish stocks and they are no good to the fishermen.

North Sea fisheries madness

Outcry grows at 'ridiculous' waste of fishing catch

Google offers staff 10 per cent pay rise to beat poachers

Google's 23,000 employees around the world will each get a 10 per cent pay rise in the new year, the latest move in what the internet giant has called "a war for talent" in the technology industry.

France signs death warrant for the eel

Europe's eel populations face being wiped out because France has refused to accept a continent-wide complete ban on the export of glass eels.

A sucker for succulents: See them through the frost, and you'll have Californian sunshine all year round

My grandma sounded very pleased on the phone earlier; she'd just persuaded my uncle to come round and collect her plants. Not all of them. Just the precious collection of succulent plants that sit in pots on her balcony – they are off to spend the cold spell in his greenhouse. Succulents are desert plants that survive in the wild by filling their leaves with stored water – a reservoir that makes them prone to frost damage when the temperature goes down. Which it does, every so often, in the non-deserts of mid-Oxfordshire.

Protest at Anglo's Alaskan quest

Top jewellers are refusing to use gold from a proposed mine because it threatens a major fishing ground

Japan signs mining and nuclear deal

Vietnam has chosen Japan as a partner to mine rare earth metals and to develop nuclear power in the Communist country, the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said yesterday.

Snooker: Teenage kicks: the 15-year-old eyeing world domination

As Barry Hearn sets about implementing his masterplan to drag snooker up by its boot straps, it could be that the long-term wellbeing of the sport rests in the hands of an introverted 15-year-old boy from Belgium.

Cure for seasonal blues: Skye Gyngell cooks with cod

It's over-fished and under threat – but sustainable stocks of cod are available, and, says Skye Gyngell, if you salt it, very little will go an awfully long way
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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?