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

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'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.

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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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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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