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Seabird born in Summer of Love still breeding in Wales

A seabird that hatched in the Summer of Love – 1967 – is still breeding on the Welsh cliff where it was born, 41 years later. Hippies were wearing flowers in their hair and the Beatles were singing "All You Need Is Love" when the bird, a razorbill, emerged from its egg on the island of Bardsey off the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales.

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Motorcycling: Toseland makes a splash in Italian rain

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The Complete Guide To: The Isle of Man

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Last Night's TV: This is no country for funny old men

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Bowie and Bloom join Gervais for new series of 'Extras'

His comic creation Andy Millman is a wannabe actor frustrated by his inability to land anything other than bit parts in movies. But in real life, Ricky Gervais has the clout to attract stars of the calibre of David Bowie and Orlando Bloom to appear in his sitcom Extras.

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Letter: Man overboard

Ienjoyed Michael Williams' column ("No man is an island", Readers' Editor, 30 January), and agree about there being more than the two islands to the British Isles, and that "England" does not embrace Wales, Scotland and Ireland. But you missed out the Isle of Man. Here on our rock we are not part of the UK, but we are part of the British Isles. We have a parliament, which has been in existence for 1,000 years. If I were to send you this by snail mail you would see we have our post office and stamps, too.

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