Romantic hero, sex addict, troubled intellectual, IRA hunger striker. He can play the lot, and more. And an astonishing run of performances has taken him from obscurity to the brink of the Oscars
Christmas Island is a naturalist's dream, finds Kathy Marks (but a kabourophobe's nightmare)
English rugby is divided into two camps: those who consider Jonny Wilkinson to be the best player ever to pull on the white jersey – pretty much the only player worth watching, in fact – and those more realistic souls who decided long ago that the outside-half was not quite the genius his many thousands of supporters made him out to be. There is no disputing this much, however: no individual ever gave more of himself to, or prepared more thoroughly for, life in the international arena.
Larry Leight has been designing sunglasses for the famous and fabulous for 25 years. He talks to Harriet Walker about the relaunch of his most enduring styles
A look at the life of the BBC political editor
The crowds passing through Westminster on Wednesday evening would not have been too surprised to encounter one of the political village's most famous faces, with its trademark thick black spectacles and the lights of the camera crew bouncing off his shiny dome.
Jonathan Franzen must have believed the British leg of his book tour could get no worse. Last week, more than 70,000 UK editions of the American author's acclaimed new novel, Freedom, were recalled when it emerged an uncorrected version of the text had been sent to print inadvertently.
This week, Sky launches its 3D-television service. The cinemas are full of three-dimensional movies and a heap of hardware has hit the shops. But is this what consumers want?
That guy. The one opposite you on the train, hunched over his iPhone, stabbing away at the virtual keyboard and making ssllp-spittle noises. He's probably at it. That other guy, the one in Starbucks with the black Moleskine, the MacBook Pro, skinny latte, Oliver Peoples spectacles and intermittent finger-to-chin pauses for "thought": he's at it. Cube Girl over there is at it, and the Mumsnet brigade are at it, both on and off Mumsnet.
Cataracts don't only affect the elderly – they almost made three-month-old Charlie Brennan blind. Tim Walker reports
A soldier blinded by a grenade in Iraq today described how his life has been transformed by ground-breaking technology that enables him to "see" with his tongue.
A British break with added value that granny can come on, too. Is this the ultimate family holiday in 2010 asks Katy Holland
Could you do your job without reading emails, searching the web – or being able to see your boss? Paul Ryb can, thanks to the gadgets that have helped to give him back his sight. By Mary Harboe
Twenty-one years after his last-place plummet, the 'abominable snowman' will soar again when he carries the Olympic torch before the Winter Games...there's even a Harry Potter star playing him in a new film
engraving published in his Micrographia
Moving an exhibition of priceless artifacts across the globe is no simple matter. Rob Sharp meets the museum removal men who make light work of heavy lifting