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Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

The first gold medal of the London Games goes to... the Olympic Torch

As anticipation for the London Games heats up, the first serious prize has gone to the Olympic Torch itself, as its British designers last night picked up the coveted "Oscar of the design world".

Left to right: the losing candidates, Jackie Whiteley, Jeanette Sunderland and Imran Hussain

It was 'the best day of Galloway's life' – then the eggs rained in

Bradford West's new MP describes his victory as a 'truly historic result'

These perky perches from Irish knitwear/furniture designer Claire-Anne O'Brien come in various shades and stitches. From £495, claireanneobrien.com

Like Crazy (12A)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Alex Kingston

British designer and museum founder Sir Terence Conran, unveils plans for the new British Design Museum

£80m Design Museum plans unveiled

Plans for a new £80 million museum of design and architecture were unveiled today.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (12A)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Jared Harris

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (12A)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Jared Harris

Elle Macpherson models her own designs - well , if you've got it, why not flaunt it?

A head for business and a body for lingerie

It's been 10 years since Elle Macpherson launched her underwear label in the UK – and turned us all into frill-seekers

Dyson warns of shortage of engineers in Britain

Sir James Dyson yesterday warned the country will face a desperate shortage of engineers "unless something drastic is done".

Heads Up: Kenneth Grange

The Guv'nor – how one man shaped modern Britain

The Secret History Of: The bubble chair

It's a bit space age, a bit glamorous, a bit indoor hammock. The Bubble chair was built to swing lazily on a landing or to be suspended in a room full of books but within reach of a martini.

My Secret Life: John Makepeace, furniture designer, 71

My parents were... My father was a Midlands motoring engineer and my mother came from a long family line of farmers.

Lightbulb takes design of the year top prize



A sculpted low-energy lightbulb by a British designer scooped an international design prize today.

Shortlist for design awards announced

The category winners for the 2011 Brit Insurance Design Awards were announced today.

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum