News Governor Chris Christie cannot ignore the impact of ‘Bridgegate’

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 Confession, By John Grisham

This is a book about which John Grisham clearly felt deeply - perhaps because he has recently become concerned about wrongful convictions, and the treatment of that theme here has a very passionate edge. Although Grisham has dealt with the countdown to an execution before in The Chamber, a similar plot device here has produced even more focused results. Grisham has translated his thoughts about what the real killer might be thinking and doing into an unsettling narrative, as the last hours of life ebb away for an innocent mann. The real killer's identity is given away at the beginning of The Confession.

John Ajvide Lindqvist: A magician of genre fiction

Lindqvist revitalised vampires in 'Let the Right One In'. Now the former conjuror calls up monsters of the sea.

Tilbury docks help Forth profits rise

Forth Ports reported a 29 per cent rise in interim profits to £16m yesterday after an increase in container volumes at Tilbury docks.

DVD: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (PG) Albert Lewin

Albert Lewin's 1951 film reworks the Flying Dutchman legend, transporting us to a 1930s Spanish seaside town where Pandora, played by a radiant Ava Gardner, falls for a mysterious man who sails into the harbour.

Williams crashes out of Stena Cup

In a reversal of fortunes, former world champion Ian Williams went crashing out of the Stena Cup in Sweden while the man he so proudly beat in the pool stage, America's Cup skipper and triple Olympic gold medallist, walloped the current tour leader Mathieu Richard of France to go through to the semi-finals.

Slavic secret: Solta is steeped in history and rich in beauty

In travel, as in life, you should never confuse quantity with quality. Yet the amount of space that guidebooks assign to a particular location can provide a useful indication of a destination's relative merit. Lonely Planet's volume on Croatia devotes just 16 lines to the bulky chunk of limestone that comprises the Adriatic island of Solta – the same modest space as assigned to cinemas in Dubrovnik. The Rough Guide is more generous in its coverage, with nearly a page on Solta, but nightclubs in Zagreb enjoy a much higher word count.

First ship docks at damaged Port-au-Prince harbour

The Port is finally back in Port-au-Prince after a cargo ship called the Crimson Clover gingerly docked at the city’s commercial pier, becoming the first vessel to successfully land in the harbour since large portions of it were violently knocked into the Caribbean Sea.

Crichton catches breeze to leave rivals standing

A four-leaf clover was working its magic for Kiwi Neville Crichton’s 100-foot Alfa Romeo yesterday as his main rivals saw him steal away on a zephyr of breeze as they sat wallowing and becalmed half way across the Bass Strait .

Jeremy Laurance: Last goodbyes that keep our loved ones' memories alive

I had never seen human ash until Sunday morning, when my brother-in-law shook a small part of Grandma out of the green plastic urn into the lid and handed it to his sister, my wife. It was much grittier than I expected. My first thought, which I guiltily suppressed, was that it looked like the Growmore I scatter on the roses each spring. Then I thought: could there be a better one-word epitaph for grandparents?

Wave electricity generator capsizes in sea

A power company's plans to create energy by harnessing power from sea waves suffered a setback after an 80-tonne generator capsized off the coast.

End of an odyssey: Boy sailor returns to harbour

Mike Perham battled 50ft waves and months of loneliness to become the youngest person to sail round the world alone

Body found in hunt for boy swept out to sea

A body was found today on a stretch of coastline near to where a teenage boy was swept out to sea a week ago.

Heatwave attracts an unwelcome visitor

Algae chokes estuaries on south coast as England enjoys hottest day of year

The Act of Love, By Howard Jacobson

Felix Quinn, the narrator of Howard Jacobson's tenth novel, is from a long line of Marylebone antiquarian booksellers. A seemingly contented man of the world, he harbours a secret perversion – he not only longs for his wife to find a lover, but arranges for it to happen.

Grace Boyle: 'Before, our fish would keep fresh for 4-5 hours. Now, they go dry after only an hour'

Sitting cross-legged on the harbour, one hand steadying the prow of his boat, Sahijid’s pink shirt is unbuttoned at the neck, a woven reed hat with a painted blue brim keeping the sun from his eyes. His skin is dark and taut, shiny from years of working at sea.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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