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Lying low as the lane closure storm blows all about him hasn’t really been an option for New Jersey’s Chris Christie, least of all today. His diary said “State of the State”, the speech every Governor must give at the start of each year just as the President must give the State of the Union. There was no ducking it. 

The boat was carrying utility company workers and their families to famed Victoria Harbour to watch a fireworks display in celebration of China's National Day

At least 36 killed in Hong Kong ferry collision

A boat packed with revellers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens in the deadliest accident to strike the Chinese territory in years.

Alan Bissett: The Red Hourglass, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Here's a Spider-Man reboot with a difference. Over the course of a hypnotic hour, Scottish Writer of the Year Alan Bissett weaves together a series of compelling, odd little monologues, performed in character as various species of spider.

Volcano, Vaudeville Theatre, London

The eponymous volcano rumbles ominously in the distance and the skies darken. It’s the Pathetic Fallacy in full throttle as extramarital desire correspondingly seethes and churns amongst the cocktail-swiggers gathered on the verandah of Adela, a widowed forty-something plantation owner.

Redwing Bar & Dining, Church Road, Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon

Does Redwing have what it takes to be the restaurant Lympstone needs?

Diver dies in hospital after Devon sea rescue

A diver who surfaced unconscious from the water in Devon has died.

The convention venue’s location next to the harbour is a top concern

Tampa in lockdown – because the Republican convention is coming

Protesters and terror attacks among the potential threats

Britain's sailor Ben Ainslie crosses the finish line in a Finn class practice race

Ben Ainslie upbeat ahead of sailing challenge

Ben Ainslie has asked the race organising committee to make some changes ahead of Sunday's sailing race.

Search for sea rescuer called off

The search for a man missing after he dived into the sea to rescue a young child and a teenager has been called off.

Rock On Ruby will leave Paul Nicholls for Harry Fry’s new set-up

Harbour Watch still on hold

Richard Hughes is closing the gap on Ryan Moore at the top of the jockeys' table so quickly that some bookmakers now make him odds-on for that elusive first title. And, of course, he reliably makes hay at Goodwood. Unfortunately, however, one of his sharpest scythes will not make the big meeting next week.

Divers rescued after boat capsizes

A lifeboat rescued 11 divers from the sea after their boat capsized off the east coast of England.

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DVD/Blu-ray: Trishna (15

Michael Winterbottom tackles Thomas Hardy for a third time (after Jude and The Claim, his take on The Mayor of Casterbridge) with this suitably grim version of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, set in modern-day India.

Les Troyens, Royal Opera House

With its tale of love, duty, destiny, and the rise and fall of empires, Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’ was well-selected as Covent Garden’s contribution to Olympic year.

Dom Joly: I make a great garden gnome, but a lousy house-seller

Trying to film a hidden camera show in this "summer" is starting to get me down.

Tony Blair is driven away from the Leveson Inquiry last night

Leveson invites defiant former PM to help him decide the future of press regulation

Tony Blair has been invited to draw up proposals on how to regulate the press in future. In an unusual end to more than four hours of testimony, Lord Justice Leveson asked the former Prime Minister to join a select group of witnesses who will help guide his thinking in writing his final report.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape