Air Force probe expands to UK air base and five more in America

Investment: No Pain, No Gain: Our Man's Portfolio: Little 'uns show big returns

AFTER SEVEN months the no pain, no gain portfolio is comfortably in profit with 11 of the 14 constituents recording gains - some of them quite spectacular - and the three laggards suffering only modest reverses.

No Pain, No Gain: Our Man's Portfolio: Chew over a tasty chain

THE ONE and only no pain, no gain portfolio share traded on Ofex - the lightly-regulated "off exchange" market - is to disappear. Montana, a fledgling restaurant chain created by Kevin Finch, has fallen to a takeover bid from Hartford, an AIM-listed operation taking in the up-market Pharmacy eaterie in London's Notting Hill. It's an all-share deal which values Montana at around 340p a share, based on the price Hartford shares are being placed.

Books: Tinkling tea cups and toxic waste

Twentysomething love in London may be their theme, but Anita Brookner's a genius, and A A Gill is pure filth

No Pain, No Gain Our Man's Portfolio: I see profit, so it's time we moved to a new Era

ERA, THE retail chain, is a splendid example of the stock market's walking wounded. In two horrendous years, the company lost pounds 24.5m and seemed destined for the corporate graveyard.

Garden: Weekend Work

CUT BACK broom when it has finished flowering, shortening the shoots that have flowered to within a couple of inches of the old wood. Do not cut into this older wood.

Woman dies on US ranch holiday

A WOMAN who went on a riding holiday at a ranch in Montana in the United States died after her horse bolted, dragging her along the ground.

Youth shoots two in school

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy shot two students at a high school in the west Canadian province of Alberta, killing one.

Investment: Your jackpot dream is when tiddlers grow into giants

EVERY INVESTOR, big or small, dreams of hitting the stock market jackpot by alighting on a tiddler which grows into a giant. Very few do. Giants tend to evolve rather slowly. Many of the major groups of today were already big, or at least significant, players in the Sixties. There are exceptions. Colt Telecom, floated at 67p two years ago and 1,341.5p in January, is a splendid example of a current, sure-fire winner.

Snake assault conviction upheld

Snake assault conviction upheld

Focus: The day Americans count their blessings

Family values in the US have taken a battering this year. But that won't reduce the significance of Thursday's Thanksgiving celebrations. By David Thomson

Restaurants: Transatlantic crossing

A new crop of restaurants is showing that the US has more to offer than burgers. By Nikki Spencer

A Unabomber's Home Is His Cabin

IT IS ONLY a cabin measuring 14ft by 13, hardly a thing of beauty. Yet photographer Richard Barnes worked awfully hard to take this picture of it. He had to negotiate with government prosecutors for access to it; he had to sign a waiver promising not to look inside it; he also had to agree never to be alone with it. For the entire two-day shoot, he had minders watching his every move.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Vikings are rampant

RANDY MOSS terrorised Green Bay's defense for 190 yards and two touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings halted the Packer's 25-game home winning streak with a convincing 37-24 victory.

Hero Brown's Column

Oh how we laughed (in the second half anyway). Steve Coogan's new stand-up show, "The Man Who Thinks He's It", created quite a stir this week when it opened in the West End. Yours truly did her duty and went along for the opening night, along with a celebrity audience whose collective cashflow could sort out the entire Russian deficit. Plus change for bortsch all round.

Music: My Country, right or wrong

Lambchop is not your average Nashville band. For a start there are 14 of them. Also, their leader thinks Nashville product sucks. By Andy Gill.
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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album