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Police said to be ‘delighted’ by footage from camera which streams 24-hours-a-day to the TV presenter's website

Once we grew all our own vegetables, now I hang my head in shame at the weeds…

It's been a ropey old year down on the farm. When I retired from London life 10 years ago, accompanied by a copy of The River Cottage Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and romantic dreams about self-sufficiency, I was full of hope for a new dawn. Never again would I visit a supermarket. All eggs would be laid by our hens. Organic vegetables would spring forth from the garden. Home-brewed ale would comfort the evening and I would chop wood and cart muck every afternoon. The smell of freshly baked bread would fill the kitchen and the children would run free in the fields. The vulgar world with its television talent shows and mobile phones would not disturb our Epicurean retreat.

It’s time to shoot down the game hunting myths

As National Anti-Shooting week draws to a close, guns are in the news, but it's not only humans that fall victim to violence

Team GB's shooter Di Coates

Shelagh Fogarty: Some mothers do have 'em – nerves that is

Alastair Hignell said that he was overwhelmed by the scale and variety

Zara Phillips proudly wears her silver medal

I messed up and cost us the gold, says tearful Zara

It remains 40 years since Great Britain won gold for eventing but there has been no need for Baddiel and Skinner to write a song about it. Far from being years of hurt, they have been four rich decades of achievement in equestrianism, to which yesterday's silver in the team event added further distinction. It was a fifth runners-up finish in the team event during that time, and an improvement too on the bronze of four years ago.

Zara Phillips comes a cropper at the Postage Stamp, ironically featuring her grandmother

Equestrianism: I messed up and cost us gold, says tearful Zara Phillips

Silver medal for GB's eventing team but Phillips berates herself for poor round

Fox: She revelled in natural forms

Christine Fox: Acclaimed sculptor whose work explored time and myth

Christine Fox was a sculptor whose output, over some 50 years, reveals her work to have been of national stature, versatile in subject, exploring a huge range of materials and styles. Walk the sculpture trails of Cambridge, where she lived, and her work is not overshadowed by that of such luminaries as Lynn Chadwick, Eric Gill, Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell and Peter Randall-Page.

Amor proves worth to leave old club floundering

Wakefield 38 Leeds 18

William Fox-Pitt excited by 'extreme' eventing course for London 2012 Olympics

World number one William Fox-Pitt believes the pivotal phase of London 2012's Olympic eventing competition promises a journey into unknown territory.

Not always great outdoors: Opera Holland Park

Walk on the wild side

Stag beetles, bats and rainy days are among the many hazards of outdoor performances, says Michael Volpe, of Opera Holland Park

Not always great outdoors: Opera Holland Park

Opera al fresco? What could possibly go wrong?

Stag beetles and bats are among the hazards of outdoor performances, says Michael Volpe, head of Opera Holland Park. And don't get him started on the weather...

Britain's butterflies in trouble due to wet weather

Some of Britain's butterflies and moths are experiencing a terrible season because of the unrelenting wet weather, experts said yesterday.

Once-extinct moth has recolonised large parts of the UK

A once-extinct moth has recolonised large parts of the UK by gaining a foothold in abandoned industrial sites, conservationists said today.

Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips hoping it's third time lucky after being selected for Olympics

Zara Phillips hopes it can be a case of third time lucky after being selected for her Olympics debut.

Zara Phillips and High Kingdom celebrate their third place at the Bramham International Horse Trials yesterday

Equestrianism: Phillips looks to High Kingdom to book overdue Olympics ticket

After Toytown's injuries in 2004 and 2008, eventer eyes Games spot with new 'relaxed' horse

The bats' coastal habitat has been destroyed by urban development

Sydney tries to evict troublesome fruit bats with aural onslaught

It was not quite as bad as the heavy metal music played by the US Army to wear down detainees in Afghan prisons and elsewhere before interrogations. But for the giant fruit bats which roost in Sydney's Botanical Gardens, the cacophony of whistles and bangs was enough to drive them away – at least temporarily.

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