Life and Style A study by UK Active has found that Manchester is Britain's laziest town

Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

Book review: The World Is Ever Changing, By Nicolas Roeg

Cut by cut, the great maverick director creates a scintillating montage of memory

House prices hit new heights in Britain as overheated market continues to boil

British house prices rising at fastest pace in more than three years as government house-buying schemes push prices higher and demand outstrips supply

Market Report: Miners in a hole after dollar soars

A better-than-expected US jobs report pushed the dollar up, which in turn melted metal prices yesterday and miners ended up buried at the bottom of the blue-chip index.

Homes in Surrey village Virginia Water climb to £1m

Bruce Forsyth's home village has been crowned the most expensive village in Britain

The building wrap around Kensington palace as renovations take place

Sexy scaffolding: The renovating royals love a good cover-up

Vast photo of Kensington Palace hides vulgar site of poles and builders’ bums

Secrets within these walls: the MI5 headquarters at Millbank by the Thames

MI5 officer harassed fellow spy after 'passionate and volatile' relationship ended as they watched Andy Murray lose at Wimbledon, court told

Mark Barton denies harassment, sexual assault and common assault against female colleague

Travel agenda

From Corsica and Karnataka to snug sleeping bags and new hotels

The chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw

Wealthy suburban schools risk losing 'outstanding' status over failing poorest pupils, warns Ofsted chief

Sir Michael Wilshaw says affluent West Berkshire is the worst place in England to be a child from a poor family

The artist Delphine Delphine Boël and, right, the man she claims is her father, King Albert II of Belgium

Royal family affair: Artist demands DNA to prove she’s king’s daughter

Delphine Boël in court bid to prove that the Belgian monarch Albert II is her father

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iStyle: Haute on the range

Make hay while the sun shines and take inspiration from the prairie with denim and gingham this season, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi

Nigella Lawson photos: Police examine images of Charles Saatchi with hand on wife's throat

Art collector and his wife were photographed at a restaurant on Saatchi’s 70th birthday during a seemingly bitter argument

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The moment Mourinho returned there was talk that he would usher David Luiz out the door. Why on earth he would want to move on one of Chelsea's best and most loved players is unclear. However, there are some valid reasons why the future of another popular (among Chelsea fans at least) centre-back has come into question. John Terry isn't getting any younger and with uncertainty at the back, a new central defender is among Mourinho's priorities. The player most consistently linked with the Bridge is Mangala. Mourinho was reportedly tracking the 22-year-old Frenchman while at Real Madrid and hasn't lost his interest. It's thought his club Porto will demand £30m for him.

Who might Chelsea sign during the summer transfer window? Wayne Rooney, Hulk, Xabi Alonso...

A round up of the players linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge

Australian cricketer David Warner (R) answers questions from the media as he sits beside team captain Michael Clarke during a press conference in central London

'I put my hand up and apologise': David Warner 'extremely remorseful' for attack on Joe Root

The Australian batsman has spoken publicly about the incident for the first time

Henry Cecil preferred to rely on instinct

Champion horse trainer Sir Henry Cecil dies after battle with cancer

Astonishing highs and lows are staples of the racing world. But the story of Sir Henry Cecil, the champion trainer, who died today aged 70, is remarkable for its swings of fortune both on and off the turf.

The Osbornes’ cat Freya on the prowl in Downing Street

Lost pet or double agent? Meet Freya, the roving tabby of the Treasury

Downing Street insiders have noticed that Osborne’s cat is inquisitive... perhaps a little too inquisitive

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital