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.

Domestic househunters increasingly important in London property market

Balham and Clapham most popular spots outside the traditionally prestigious central areas

Demba Ba

'Racial abuse' of Chelsea striker Demba Ba on Facebook leads to arrest

A 39-year-old man from Gateshead was detained

The 19th Century Garrison Church is surrounded by wasteland on the site of the former Chelsea Barracks which is being redeveloped into a glass-and-steel design by architect Richard Rogers in 2009

£3 billion Qatari Diar redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks put on hold as UK economy stalls

Prince Charles is unlikely to be best pleased. A £3 billion redevelopment in one of London’s swankiest postcodes which the heir to the throne lobbied ferociously to be built in his preferred architectural style has been placed on hold by its Qatari owners.

The Holland Park house

Calm down, dear. It's only a £60m mansion

At least, that's what Michael Winner hoped it would be worth. That now looks unlikely

We'll remember Michael Winner for achieving what few can - a total reinvention

He stood uncompromisingly against political correctness, as those of us who heard him dismiss some of the best-loved people with a single word can attest.

SIR MICHAEL WINNER:

Michael Winner's remarkable career was driven by equal parts energy and cheek

No other column in British journalism elicited such genial abuse from readers every week

Film director and foodie Michael Winner dies aged 77 after long illness

Film director, food writer and bon viveur Michael Winner died today aged 77 after a long illness.

Girl and mother injured in Cricklewood shooting

An 11-year-old girl and her mother were injured when a gunman opened fire at a house, Scotland Yard said.

Properties coming to market up 22% year-on-year

Seven out of 10 are ‘discretionary movers’, outnumbering those forced to sell because of death, debt and divorce

The workout room in the Equinox Gym in Kensington

Exercise: Working out in the £2,000-a-year gym

In the US, the Equinox gyms have been working the likes of Cameron Diaz and Bradley Cooper into a sweat for years.

Canon fodder: Barb Jungr re-examines icons of popular modern music on her new album

Barb Jungr, 606 Club, London

Barb Jungr’s applies a jazz singer’s art to the extraordinary lyrics which have filled rock and soul albums of the last, post-Dylan half-century.

Occupy protesters have set up a camp to try to halt staffing cuts at Battersea Park

When Occupy met the mums of a middle-class nappy valley

An unlikely alliance has been forged to save an adventure playground from council cuts

The demise of blue plaques: it's not about just bricks and mortar

As budget cuts look set to bring an end to London’s Blue Plaques, Jerome Taylor laments the demise of a cultural landmark

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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