Environment A baby northern gannet stands next to one of its parents

The first “world championship” for eating pickled baby gannets, known as “guga”, has sparked new calls for a total ban on the Hebridean tradition of hunting chicks by clubbing  them with sticks.

Model wears jacket £100, jeans £50; sweater £60; all Crafted In by Asos,asos.com

Style File: A crafty idea from ASOS

There’s more to ASOS than meets the eye, as proven by its latest Crafted In collection, which takes wardrobe classics back to their roots, says Lee Holmes

A Japanese competitor gets support from the crowd at the World Stone Skimming Championships on the Scottish island of Easdale

Stone skimmers of the world unite at World Championships on Scottish island

Stone-skimmers from across the globe gathered on Sunday at the World Stone Skimming Championships on the Scottish island of Easdale.

60 new woodlands announced to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Sites for 60 new large woodlands marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee have been announced by the Woodland Trust.

Pick a spot: Tiree’s pristine beaches

Around the Hebrides on the crest of a wave

Jonathan Bennett braves a surfer's chilly paradise

BP strikes deal to drill new oil well

BP will begin a highly controversial campaign of drilling for oil in the deep waters off the Shetland coast within days, after a green light from the Government.

Island hopping on two wheels

A new cycling trip covers the Outer Hebrides from end to end. Following its 131-mile route, 'casual cyclist' Ben Lerwill falls under the archipelago's spell

The Summer of the Bear, By Bella Pollen

Ex-fashionista turned bestselling novelist, Bella Pollen returns to the troubles of childhood with a fable-like story set on an island in the Outer Hebrides.

View from a letter box

An artwork by Tim Knowles reveals the sights and sounds of a Royal Mail parcel's journey from London to the Outer Hebrides

Met office forecasters 'off screens'

One of the BBC's most popular weathermen is to be removed from an on-screen role as part of cost-cutting measures, it was revealed today.

Team Origin remain on top in Audi MedCup

For the second night running, Britain's Team Origin led the Audi MedCup regatta in Cartagena, not because of continuing skill and dominance but because there was so little wind that the organisers gave up mid-afternoon and sent the fleet home.

Stop using toasters, islanders are told

Residents of a Scottish island that claims to be the world's greenest have been told to cut their power use because a shortage of rain is starving its hydro-electric generators.

Lost in the Western Isles

In the paw prints of a dog called Reubs, Lucy Gillmore hikes the Uists and Barra

Mary Dejevsky: The future is warmer – and smaller

Survival, it seems, is no longer about being bigger. Hooray!

Parents blame Army for daughter's 'murder'

The parents of a teenage cadet who drowned in a boating accident after instructors had failed to follow basic safety procedures, yesterday said they were "disgusted" at the findings of an official inquiry into her death and accused the Army of murder.

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Composed and recorded in London, Toronto, Prague and Abilene (Texas), with the involvement of a small host of worthy musos, most of whom have form with Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, British Sea Power and Patti Smith.

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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