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The Pope described abortion as part of modern ‘throwaway culture’ which has grown to encompass human beings themselves

GOD - A CURRICULUM VITAE

God is unknowable and indescribable - but is it really impossible to profile him, or her, or them? Here, Paul Handley investigates - while over the following pages we examine the spiritual state of the nation

Christmas presents: Gifts for men

Subjected to a perennial onslaught of useless gizmos and novelty boxer shorts, it is hardly surprising that many men seem a little harried by the entire christmas gift scenario. About their true desires however, men are notoriously reticent and remain difficult to please. But according to a reliable source, the most important factors to bear in mind are surprise, humour and practicality. And if your imagination fails you, booze and football paraphernalia are always a winner.

Motor Cycle Show: Battle of the 150mph monsters

As the Motor Cycle Show opens, reveals Roland Brown, there's never been a better time to sit on a bike.

The Intelligent Consumer: Wash, wax and polish

cleanse, tone and moisturise; Why's skincare like car care? Because if you don't do it regularly, boys, the rot sets in. Annalisa Barbieri on products for men

For goodness sake, do something

Learn to play golf or drive a steam train. Your holiday can offer the chance to gain new skills.

Books: The mild one who revved up for an uneasy ride

From biker gangs to mob clans: Laura Thompson (left) and Ian Thomson on women in a man's world; The Perfect Vehicle by Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Granta, pounds 10.99

Motoring: Raging Buell

Packing an 86 horsepower punch, the Lightning is a weapon on wheels, writes Roland Brown

Johnson pulls up as drama proves lame

The answer to the question of who is the fastest man in the world remained open here in the SkyDome last night as Michael Johnson pulled up limping 70 metres from the line in his 150 metres One-to-One Challenge against Donovan Bailey.

Hide and chic

Is it worth it? : Millionaire Hell's Angels take note, pounds 3,800 buys the last word in biker gear

HOW WE MET; EMMYLOU HARRIS AND PHIL KAUFMAN

The singer Emmylou Harris, 47, was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She started her career singing with country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, then after his death in 1973 went on to record 15 albums, including last year's acclaimed Wrecking Ball. She has been married three times, has two daughters, aged 17 and 26, and now lives in Nashville with her mother.

The thing about... Zippo lighters

One of the bits of wisdom disseminated by those advising smokers on how to give up is to throw away all the accoutrements of the weed. Ditch the nacre-covered party case, heave that art deco holder, turn the ashtrays into peanut bowls, sling that tiny silver spoon on a chain - whoops, wrong habit. If you're going to prove your determination, they all have to go.

Golf: Europe's big inspiration

Andy Farrell talks to Laura Davies about the need to tame the Americans

Spam Queens and empty briefcases

WAITING FOR THE SUN: The Story of the Los Angeles Music Scene by Barney Hoskyns, Viking pounds 20

How to master the art of showing off

Today we turn to the subject of master classes. No festival would be complete without a master class. No TV schedule would be complete without a master class or two, especially if the TV station is looking to have its franchise renewed and wants to look a bit cultural, cheaply.

Britain: Hogs hit the road

More than 100 Harley Davidson owners converged on the Hard Rock Cafe in London's West End yesterday to celebrate the restaurant chain's 25th anniversary. After breakfast, the riders, who included singer Paul Young, set off in two groups for Paris. They were to meet French Harley owners just outside the city, and then move on to the Hard Rock on Boulevard Montmartre, where a party had been organised.
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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