News Roy Harper performed with Pink Floyd and influenced rock band Led Zeppelin

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper has been charged with a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.

Brian Viner: Netball perfectly positioned to pass on higher skills

Netball, though one of the nation's most popular participation sports, occupies only marginally more space than mountain unicycling in the back pages of our national newspapers.

Miner's son invited to sing 'Otello' by Placido Domingo

Walter Storey was determined that his son, Ian, would not follow the path of previous generations of his family by working in the coal mines of Durham. But singing Otello in Los Angeles at the invitation of Placido Domingo is unlikely to have formed part of either man's wildest dreams.

Scarlett, author of the Iraq war dossier, is knighted

John Scarlett, who took responsibility for the error-ridden dossier that justified the war in Iraq, is knighted in today's New Year's Honours list. The award will enrage peace campaigners, who have accused the veteran spymaster of saving Tony Blair's skin over the flawed case for the invasion.

US Marines 'murdered innocent Iraqi out of frustration'

A US Marines unit frustrated by the hunt for insurgents east of Baghdad picked on an innocent man, bound his hands and feet, threw him into a roadside hole and shot him in the head at least 10 times, according to the testimony of a unit medic being court-martialled at his home base in California.

Charles Nevin: Try a holiday at home this year

Recent brief outbreaks of sunshine have shown this country in a different light. I had been regretting the conspiracy of circumstance - absence of initiative, finance and friendship with an Italian prince - which prevents me from holidaying abroad this year, but now I'm not so sure. Have any of you, given the current confusions, wondered if you'll be allowed back in?

Swansea City 2 Barnsley 2 <i>(Aet; Barnsley win 4-3 on pens):</i> Colgan atones for clanger as Barnsley go up

Swansea left crestfallen in Cardiff after shoot-out failure of Akinfenwa and Tate

Inside the Tardis, by James Chapman

Experts in alien killer armchairs: A scholarly analysis of Doctor Who is all very well, but the prof's been beaten to it by the fans, contends Matthew Sweet

Book Group: Ciar Byrne reviews 'Clear' by Nicola Barker

Witty snapshot misses the mark

Brian Viner; Country Life

Country Life: A fire blazed and industrial measures of port were handed round to fortify us against the westerly wind

The pheasant shooting season finished yesterday. Those peculiarly beautiful yet brainless creatures need no longer live in fear of men in waxed jackets, although there are still the deadly perils of the A44; the pheasants round here like to play chicken with oncoming traffic, and frequently come off

Country Life: Mistaken in the Metropolis

One morning, not long after we left London to live in Herefordshire, I picked up a hitch-hiker on the A44. I've written about this encounter before. He was a bright guy of about 25, seriously down on his luck, jobless and about to become homeless. Still, at least he wasn't a heroin addict unlike, he told me, most of the people he'd been at school with. We talked awhile about the social and economic problems afflicting rural England and then he sniffed the air in my Volvo and asked me if I was a chicken farmer.

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