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Chris Killip and I are looking at the same photographs. But we are seeing different things. They are dense, vivid, solid, black-and-white images of working people in the North of England in the Seventies and Eighties. To me they speak of a grim, bleak, alienated breed – unsmiling, ground-down, resigned or even perhaps crushed and defeated. To him they celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.

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Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico today to claim his fourth victory of what he hopes will be a momentous 2012 season.

Mark Cavendish (left), of Team Sky, sprints ahead of Tom Boonen to win the third stage of the Tour of Qatar yesterday

Cycling: Cavendish shows early form in Qatar

Mark Cavendish fought off the aftermath of a fever to claim his first victory in the world champion's rainbow jersey for Team Sky here yesterday, fulfilling his promise to "hit the ground running" in a year where a crack at Britain's first Olympic gold of 2012 is beckoning.

Cavendish wins BBC sports personality award

Mark Cavendish tonight became only the third cyclist to win the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award when he pipped golfer Darren Clarke and athlete Mo Farah to the main prize in Salford.

TT: Closer to the Edge (15)

Released in 3D in the cinemas, first-time director Richard De Aragues' documentary is clearly shot for huge Imax screens.

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Saint Lucia's luxury resorts and idyllic beaches are undoubtedly impressive, but it's the traditional culture that makes a visit so special.

The wild west of Wales

Just off the Pembrokeshire coast lies Skokholm Island, where puffins, rabbits and myriad birds rule the roost. Emma Gregg pulls ashore at an unspoilt outpost

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The keystone to the Irish Sea is British, but not in the UK. Welcome to an intriguing outpost, says <b>Chris Leadbeater</b>

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Our oceans are complex systems, about as well (mis)understood as the human brain. A census of marine life was published last year, and, although extremely insightful, only covered a small percentage of the ocean’s biosphere. In many ways, this led us to realize just how much we don’t know.

Small Talk: 3Legs to support platforms for shale gas across Europe

One way to attract attention to your listing is by settling on an unusual name, and few are as unusual as 3Legs Resources. Seeking to work out its roots, we asked the chief executive, Peter Clutterbuck, who pointed us to the Isle of Man and its flag, with its three legs against a red background.

Motorcycling: Irish rider Brien killed in accident at Isle of Man TT

Irish rider Derek Brien has been killed in an accident at the Isle of Man TT. The 34-year-old from County Meath crashed at Gorse Lea on the second lap of yesterday's Supersport race, which was subsequently red-flagged. An investigation into the circumstances of the accident is under way.

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