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Group splits up as animals flee, with four taking the odd decision to just stand still in the path of the snow

On the lookout: Skipton’s well-preserved medieval castle

Tales from the Trees: The Lord of the Rings comes to the Yorkshire woodlands

It's not often you can walk from a high street into the heart of an ancient woodland. One minute I am in a bustling Yorkshire market town, takeaway cappuccino in hand, the next I am ducking down stone steps to Eller Beck, a strip of canal and river that runs through a steep-sided gorge fringed with ash, oak, sycamore and pine. The buzzing repartee of stall owners is soon replaced by the songs of robins and chaffinches, shop awnings for a weeping willow in bud.

Nomadic women milk Pashmina goats on the Changthang plateau

Thousands of Pashmina goats perish in India after heaviest snowfall in decades

Thousands of Pashmina goats, the source of famed shawls and blankets and a mainstay of the local Himalayan economy, have perished in northern India in the some of the heaviest snowfall in decades.

Editorial: Straight from the horse's mouth

The death of Richard Briers prompted plaudits and tributes lauding the 79-year-old actor's professional skills and private character in almost equal measure. Well it might. From Hamlet to Ever Decreasing Circles, from Watership Down to Roobarb, for the best part of half a century, Mr Briers has been a much-loved fixture of British television, radio and film.

Serve goat curry with basmati rice and scatter with the sprigs of coriander

Goat curry

Serves 4-6

David Flatman: Signing Alex Corbisiero and his knee allows Saints to be flexible

From the Front Row: Gomarsall looked like Bilbo Baggins dressed up as Boy George

Snowdon: The Story of a Welsh Mountain By Jim Perrin

An iconoclastic survey of Wales's highest mountain peak is infused with the writer's identity

Christmas with the child soldiers

Even as instability continues in the Central African Republic, Unicef are doing everything they can to give former child soldiers a proper Christmas day

This GM breakthrough could be the first of many

An American licence to permit the commercial development and sale of genetically modified salmon could open the door on a new era of GM animals designed for human consumption, although at present there are few signs they are wanted by either consumers or supermarkets.

Golden eagle toddler attack: YouTube clip captures the moment a large bird of prey swoops down and snatches a child - but Canadian students confess it's a hoax

Video proved popular on Twitter, but was produced in animation workshop with the eagle and child added in post-production

Animal rights protesters to picket Hobbit premiere

Animal rights protesters plan to picket the UK premiere of The Hobbit after whistleblowers came forward to claim three horses died unnecessarily during filming.

<b>The Hobbit:</b> Director Peter Jackson is back at work on a two part
adaptation of Tolkein's classic tale

Peta to picket The Hobbit premiere after whistleblower reveals 'preventable' deaths and 'needless suffering' of animals on set

The premiere of the eagerly anticipated blockbuster The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will also be met with angry protests from animal rights activists after a series of animals died during filming.

Gavin Henson

The Scapegoat, By William Holman Hunt

(1854-6), 86.5 x 139.9 cms, National Museums Liverpool, Lady Lever Art Gallery

It is the first time ground tiger claws, which may have come from tigers which were illegally poached, have been found by customs in the UK

Tiger claw products seized at Suffolk port

Herbal remedies and massage oils containing ground tiger claws, poisonous plants and cow urine have been seized by border officials at a UK port.

Five-minute Memoir: Susan Fletcher goes to Jamaica in search of a long-dead relative

As a child, there were words that I knew were part of me, and had resonance. My name, of course; 'red-headed', too; also, the word 'April', for while it meant Easter eggs and school holidays, it also meant my birthday – so it was a special word, to me.

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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