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Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur in the world and the brooding face of an evil genius, has sadly passed away.

World's oldest dog dies at 147

A dachshund that held the record as the world's oldest dog has died at 21 - or 147 in dog years.

Blast ends fireworks record hopes

An explosive world record attempt came under fire today as a barge carrying fireworks appeared to blow up and burst into flames.

3,000 days and counting... the lonely life of Brian

His body is weak, but Brian Haw’s spirit is still willing – even after eight years of protesting

Cruise Jr follows dad into the family business

Adopted son to take leading role in remake of 'most violent film of all time'

Bad vibrations: Is it time to crank down the volume at concerts?

Loud bands have existed since the birth of rock'n'roll, but now earplugs are to be given out at concerts.

Great war veteran Allingham dies at 113

Henry Allingham, the oldest surviving British serviceman from the First World War, died today at the age of 113, his care home said.

Observations: Gonzales keeps on keeping on

"Being onstage is a physical challenge even for an hour" says pop musician Gonzales, who is setting his sights a little higher with a 27-hour performance marathon, starting tomorrow. The Canadian star is known not only for his own excellent Solo Piano album, but also for his collaboration with Peaches and his work as the producer behind Feist's award-winning albums. Taking a break from his current work in the studio with thecocknbullkid, Gonzales is now aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the longest concert by a solo artist, currently held by Prasanna Gudi in India for his 26 hours and 12 minutes sitar recital in December.

Chanel, world's oldest dog, celebrates birthday

Chanel, the world's oldest dog, celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday with a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records and a visit to a dog hotel and spa.

Indian woman blazes through chili-eating feat

The "ghost chili," the world's spiciest chili, seems to suit her palate.

Overkill is 'most profane game ever'

An "outrageously crude" computer programme has entered record books as the most profane video game ever.

The gamer's book of records

It takes dedication and skill to make it on to the pages of the Guinness World Records. Jimmy Lee Shreeve learns the secrets of the lightning-fingered gamers who've done it

Who's on TV? Monta Mino, of course!

He is a ubiquitous presenter with a portfolio of shows that draw Japanese viewers in their millions. Now he's getting political – and the government is worried.

Inclined to luxury £1m spent on concrete for Hyatt hotel

The builders of Capital Gate, the landmark tower in a $2.2bn (£1.4bn) office and residential development in Abu Dhabi, pre-ordered more than £1m worth of concrete to tame volatile prices and a national shortage of the material.

Captain Fantastic claims world's longest name

A Glastonbury teenager is claiming to have the longest name in the world - Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.

Preview: Miss Behave's Variety Nighty, Roundhouse, London

It was after reading Memoirs of a Sword Swallower by Daniel P Mannix that the Bristol-born sword swallower Miss Behave (Amy Saunders) found her calling. Now, she is one of the few female sword-swallowers in the world and was a Guinness world record holder, having gulped six swords in 2000.

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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

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Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
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How did our legends really begin?

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Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on