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Gardeners have a habit of going on about their planting disasters, instead of celebrating their successes, says our green-fingered correspondent...

Hillary's ashes set for final ascent

A Nepalese sherpa will scatter the ashes of Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest, on the top of the world, two years after the death of the climbing hero.

Baby dies amid clashes in Indian Kashmir

An 11-day-old baby died and a dozen people were injured during protests in restive Indian Kashmir, police said today.

Dominic Lawson: So all these climate revelations were a dastardly foreign plot

It hasn't occurred to King that the emails might have been leaked by an insider

A distraction of Himalayan proportions

A claim that the mountain glaciers of the Himalayas will vanish by 2035 has been debunked. Climate-change sceptics are jubilant. They shouldn't be, says Steve Connor. Their disappearance is still only a matter of time

Himalayan glacier melt overstated

The UN panel of climate scientists yesterday expressed regret for exaggerating how quickly Himalayan glaciers are melting in a report that wrongly projected that they could all vanish by 2035.

On the trail of snow leopards in India

A tourism initiative is helping Indian farmers learn to love the endangered predator that targets their flocks. Adrian Phillips reports

Bookies row in with Zeb for Creek

Irish raider short price for Sandown two-mile test in absence of Master Minded

Nepal's cabinet to meet on Mount Everest

Nepal's government says it will hold a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest on 4 December to highlight the threat from global warming to glaciers in the Himalayas.

Top of the world: The horticultural high life

Anna Pavord heads for the Himalayas in search of the horticultural high life

Dalai Lama angers China with visit to disputed area

Thousands of Buddhist monks in maroon robes joined secular supporters of the Dalai Lama yesterday to welcome the Tibetan spiritual leader as he arrived in the Himalayas for a four-day visit that is testing already strained relations between India and China.

Doctor Charles Houston: Mountaineer who tackled K2 twice and became the foremost authority on altitude sickness

Charles Houston's territory was the "thinne aire" of big mountains. He almost gasped his last of it in 1953 during an epic retreat on K2, the world's second highest mountain, and later immersed himself in the study of why we get sick at high altitude, and sometimes die there.

How the happy kingdom in the clouds lost its smile

Bhutan has made its people's happiness a national priority. But a spate of suicides suggests it is struggling to cope with the modern world

Balti Britain, By Ziauddin Sardar

In Urdu, "balti" refers to a large receptacle for carrying water. You would no sooner cook with one than with a bucket. A Birmingham Balti magnate explains to Sardar, "It all started as a joke." Yet an Oxford dictionary now contains an entry for "Baltistan" in the Himalayas.

In Tearing Haste, By Deborah Devonshire & Patrick Leigh Fermor

This collection of relaxed epistles between two chums is packed with gossip, creaky jokes and gadding about. Fans of Patrick Leigh Fermor's books, such as A Time of Gifts, will enjoy his traveller's tales, which include the Himalayas, the Pindus Mountains of Greece and swimming the Bosphorus: "I had beaten all records for slowness and length of immersion". The adventures of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire (née Mitford), are equally impressive, if less far-flung. When she meets the President, "Jack [Kennedy] asked what I do all day. Stumped." The remarkable cast that crops up in their missives are treated with a blasé nonchalance that only the very grand can manage. An embarrassing encounter with the Queen Mum, known as Cake by Deborah Devonshire due to her fondness for a slice, is described as "nought of great interest". She regards Jackie Kennedy as "a queer fish. Her face is one of the oddest I ever saw."

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