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. 

Album: The Duke & The King, Nothing Gold Can Stay (Loose)

This rootsy debut from The Duke & The King takes its own sweet time in ruminating on the past, which I suppose is only right and proper.

Driver injured as dockyard crane topples

A crane driver was seriously injured today when the vehicle "toppled over" as it loaded a ship.

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Five chic seaside rentals

Get the most from Britain's coast at one of these sophisticated waterside retreats.

Inquiry launched into North Sea helicopter crash

Investigations were under way today after 18 people survived when a helicopter ditched into the water near a North Sea platform.

Ancient Greek vessel docks for Pompey refit

The most complete ancient Greek ship ever found – which is being painstakingly pieced back together by marine archaeology experts in Portsmouth – is shown here as it would probably have looked when it sailed around the Greek islands at the time of Homer.

Port workers to strike

Hundreds of workers at one of the country's busiest ports are to stage a fresh round of strikes in a row over the outsourcing of jobs.

Scientists hail breakthrough images of star

Astronomers have taken direct images of a three-planet solar system around a distant star, using a revolutionary technique that may one day lead to the discovery of an Earth-like planet that can harbour life.

Thompson fired with new hope

Heading west on a voyage of hope and discovery, Brian Thompson, one of Britain's senior offshore sailors, hopes to put six months of frustration behind him on Sunday as he leaves Portsmouth Harbour.

Rügen: German island's 'white cliffs' collapsing into the sea

The towering chalk cliffs that form the spectacular coastline of the Baltic holiday island of Rügen have been immortalised by 19th- century Romantic painters and are Germany's equivalent of the white cliffs of Dover – but now they are collapsing into the sea.

Port down to its last fishing boat

One of the UK's most famous fishing ports is down to its last boat.

Paperback: A Good School, by Richard Yates

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Sydney: Capital of the Southern Hemisphere

News that their city is the capital of the southern hemisphere will leave most Sydneysiders unmoved. As far as they are concerned, Sydney is the best place on earth, end of story. Many visitors agree not surprisingly, given Sydney's unique combination of attributes: a warm, sunny climate, a thriving cultural and nightlife scene, an embarrassment of high-quality, affordable restaurants, dozens of beaches that rank among the world's finest, a laid-back urban vibe, and the unrivalled natural backdrop of the harbour.

The souvenir you can live without

A trip to exotic climes means downing unusual delicacies. Mark MacKenzie meets the people who see that stomach upsets are not on the menu too
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