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

Grid plans undersea Manx cable

Grid plans undersea Manx cable

Letter: Local radio

Sir: Your article on local radio was excellent and timely (The Independent Magazine, 24 April). However, your reference to Premier Radio as Britain's first Christian radio station is incorrect. United Christian Broadcasters (UCB Europe) began local broadcasting in 1987 from the Isle of Man, then gained a licence in 1993 to broadcast to the UK, Ireland and Europe on the Astra Satellite, Sky Sports 1, 7.56Mhz. We would like to express our support and enthusiasm for the work that Premier are doing to share the Christian message to the people of London.

Rallying: Rowe back in the driver's seat

Rallying: Rowe back in the driver's seat

It's not all cats and kippers

The Isle of Man has its own laws and a quirky way of life. But there's its serious side too - a pounds 15bn tax-haven.

Call for UDI on the Isle of Man

THE FLAG of independence was brandished yesterday in the home of the Tourist Trophy races and tail-less cats.

Letter: Man of the years

Sir: Please thank Nicolas Walter (letter, 12 January) for coming to the defence of Dionysius Exiguus in the discussion about the millennium and the Year Zero. It would be terrible to go down in history as

Obituary: Phil Heath

ONE OF the final links with 1930s racing at Donington Park in Leicestershire was broken with the death of Phil Heath. Today Donington is the established host to the British Motorcycle Grand Prix; Heath knew it as a parkland racecourse in more carefree days and in recent times was an organiser in classic racing.

New Year Honours: The Prime Minister's List

Life Peers

British seabirds living to be 100 years old

FORGET THE wise old owl. Evidence is growing that some British seabirds may live up to 100 years, one of Britain's leading bird experts said yesterday.

'Away in a manger in frosty

The single mother, the angel, the carpenter, the inn-keeper - Hester Lacey and Victoria Yiasoumi revisit the nativity and discover what the modern-day participants are doing on the 25th

Personal Finance: EU puts the bite on tax havens

BRITISH residents with money in UK-based investments have nothing to fear from the proposed European directive on the taxation of investment income. Their tax treatment would not change, and those who are eligible to receive interest and dividends untaxed because their total income is less than the tax threshold, for example, could continue to do so.

Focus: Welcome to Wall Street-on-Sea

Britain's tax havens are under scrutiny. But in the strange little world that is Jersey, warnings are going unheeded

Police dig on Manx moor for bodies

POLICE WERE digging for bodies believed to be hidden in moorland on the Isle of Man yesterday as part of an investigation into a series of suspicious deaths.

Tragedy echoes Manx inferno

THE DEATHS of 60 young people in a Swedish disco fire during the early hours of yesterday morning brought back memories of the horror of a British leisure centre blaze over a quarter of a century ago.

Airline's shares in dive after warning

SHARES IN British Regional Airlines, which was floated less than three months ago, crashed by more than half yesterday after the group warned of falling passenger yields and its broker slashed its profit forecast for the year by pounds 1m.
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz