Sport Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

Irish rider killed in Isle of Man TT race

Irish rider Derek Brien has been killed in an accident at the Isle of Man TT.

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Space: The ascent of Manx

Forget Houston, the Isle of Man is the location for the world's latest space hub. It's a tiny island with grand ambitions, says Jonathan Brown

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The billionaire Denis O'Brien, the minister Michael Lowry and a deal shocking Ireland

After a 14-year corruption inquiry into the sale of a mobile-phone licence, the real feud is just heating up

Dazzling spectacles: How arthouse film-makers are helping to rid 3D of its gimmicky image

As a host of enticing movies get set for release, James Mottram welcomes cinema's vivid new dawn

Lives Remembered: Ean Wood

Thank you for Tony Sloman's obituary of my old friend and erstwhile flatmate, Ean Wood (10 January), writes Euan Pearson. I knew Ean (pictured right) as a fellow film director at the National Coal Board Film Unit and we shared a rather dingy flat together off Ladbroke Grove in the mid-Sixties. What was missing from the obit, I felt, was a reference to Ean's wonderful sense of humour – he was a walking compendium on The Goons – and his natural warmth.

New superbug strain affects youing and healthy

A new strain of the superbug MRSA has been detected on the Isle of Man, said health bosses.

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Explorers in India find something almost unheard of: a new language

Researchers who had used bamboo rafts to ford surging rivers and climbed steep mountains in the remote north-east of India were rewarded for their toil with the discovery of a rich new language spoken by fewer than 1,000 people.

Lives remembered: Eddie Crooks

My godfather Eddie Crooks, who died on 6 August in Douglas Hospice, was a motorcyclist who made his name on the Isle of Man. He was also the first Suzuki dealer in the UK.

Cycling: Thomas and Hunt to support Cavendish

The two men who will support Mark Cavendish's attempt to win the International Cycling Union World Championships road race were yesterday named by British Cycling.

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