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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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable