The French are invading! 200 soldiers to land on Hampshire beach backed up by warships and helicopters

Landing is part of training operation for French Navy

Boy hit by emergency ambulance in Somerset

A boy is being treated for significant head injuries after being hit by an ambulance in Somerset as it answered a 999 call.

Keen as mustard: Combine orange, mustard and bold patterns with charcoal grey for a contemporary take on 1970s style. Orla Kiely House sofa, £2,195, heals.co.uk

iStyle: Can you dig it?

Give your home a groovy makeover with  some of  the greatest hits from the Seventies – just in time for David Bowie blasting back into orbit. By Trish Lorenz

Neil McCorkell: Hampshire cricketer from the 1930s to the 1950s

Neil McCorkell was a regular in the Hampshire cricket XI from 1932 to 1951, a quiet man of no great height who kept wicket and, for much of his career, opened the batting, a demanding combination in the six-day-a-week schedule of those years.

Editorial: Ukip shows its true colours

Nigel Farage is accused of dog whistle politics on migration. The foghorn, more like

After Eastleigh the Lib Dems still have a long way to go, but don't bet against them just yet

Inside Westminster: Clegg feels he has proved the critics wrong and allies say he is now 'absolutely secure' in his post for the 2015 election

Nothing much on: Stephen Gough is the Naked Rambler

Now naked rambler Stephen Gough is covered by a nationwide Asbo

Naked rambler Stephen Gough has been issued with an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from going nude in public places.

Labour fears fourth place behind Ukip in Eastleigh by-election

Labour fears it will limp in fourth in next week’s Eastleigh by-election, dealing a blow to Ed Miliband’s efforts to project it as the “one nation” party.

Trafficker jailed for using Polish workers as slaves

A “physical and mental bully” has been jailed for six years and three months for trafficking four men to the UK and exploiting them to work as slaves.

Mourners answer call on Facebook to attend funeral of former Royal Marine

More than 200 strangers have attended the funeral of a 70-year-old former Royal Marine after a vicar put out a plea on Facebook amid fears that he would be buried without mourners.

The Sketch: Dave's at B&Q so Maria doesn't do it herself

Like a human shield, he ensured the limelight on his would-be MP was not too harsh

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'Faulty' antibiotic test kits putting patients at risk, doctors told

Test kits are swabbed with sputum or urine to show patients' suitability for certain drugs

Place your bets: A woman checks the political parties’ odds in a bookmaker’s window in Eastleigh, Hampshire, yesterday

Defection mars Lib Dems' fight for Eastleigh

Former constituency chief accuses Nick Clegg of betraying NHS as he shifts to anti-reform party

Distinctive BBC radio announcers Patricia Hughes dies aged 90

One of the BBC's most distinctive radio announcers Patricia Hughes has died at the age of 90, the corporation said today.

Mike Golding has completed his third, and probably last, Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in his 60-foot Gamesa

Briton Mike Golding completes Vendee Globe race

Golding finishes in sixth place in round the world race

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
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Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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