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It may surprise you to learn that an Islamic flag once flew over this tiny fragment of the British Isles. Lundy Island's compactness has made it an attractive target for all sorts over the centuries, and 300 years ago it was Barbary pirates who seized possession of this 445 hectare eddy in the Bristol Channel.

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Richard Hawley's affinity for the sea has long been evident, through songs such as "The Ocean" and "The Sea Calls", so this slim portfolio of maritime pieces is no great surprise.

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Mark Cavendish has been withdrawn from the Tour de Romandie, which finishes today, by his HTC-Columbia team following the two-fingered salute which accompanied his second win of the season.

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A teenager has admitted spreading false rumours about the location of one of James Bulger's killers, police confirmed today.

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Britain's Zoe Gillings booked a place in the women's snowboard cross semi-finals on Cypress Mountain.

Walter Foster: Champion of Anglo-Austrian friendship

Walter Jonathon Foster was an Austrian who as a teenager fled from the Nazis and went on to spend a lifetime dedicated to advancing relations between his homeland and Britain, his adopted country. The Nazis killed most of his family, the Second World War propelling him on a hazardous journey which took him to England and Australia, then Austria, and finally to England again. His post-war efforts brought him both an OBE and the Republic of Austria's highest civil award for his work in promoting cultural and political understanding between the two countries.

Clinton Ford: Singer and entertainer whose versatility was both his strength and his weakness

Clinton Ford was among the UK's most versatile entertainers and although he made hit records, notably "Old Shep" and "Fanlight Fanny", he could have had several more. His versatility was both his strength and his weakness as he recorded jazz, country music, romantic ballads, comedy songs, children's favourites and music hall standards. He told me in 2005, "I can't be put in a pigeonhole and when people ask me what sort of songs I sing, I say, 'The ones with words and music.'" There was an additional problem: given two options, Clinton Ford invariably chose the wrong one, but he commented, "Nearly everything I've done seemed like a good idea at the time." (Pause) "Even 'Old Shep'."

Lottery 'needs more clarity on foreign bans'

Lottery operator Camelot has been told to make it clearer that Britons abroad in certain countries are barred from buying a ticket.

Insurance giant 'Axa' to cut 350 jobs

A further 350 jobs are to be cut at insurance giant Axa as the group's UK arm ramps up annual cost savings to £150 million, it was announced today.



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