News Erena Wilson was struck by a cedar branch in wet and windy weather

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Missing: my darling Jacqui... the search for a lost tulip

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Beetroots and rocket and mustard leaves and radishes. If only I had the gumption to do it myself, says Emma Townshend

The News Matrix: Monday 29 July 2013

Testicular cancer is ‘almost cured’

Wildfire warning as Britain enjoys best summer in years

Fire chiefs say nature reserves are under threat while forecasters expect 32C in the South-east

Weekend work: Time to trim hornbeam hedges

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Exhibition Curator Lauren Porter holds a sketch book owned by Queen Victoria containing various sketches drawn in Scotland, which is part of the Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present exhibition which runs from Saturday, 22 June 2013 to Sunday, 26 January 2014, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

Queen Victoria's sketches and watercolours go on display at Windsor Castle

Intimate sketches by Queen Victoria of her children will be one of the highlights of a new exhibition featuring artwork by the royal family through the centuries.

Five pairs of tickets to see Leona Lewis to be won

Kew the Music: summer concerts at Kew Gardens, 9-14 July

A letter in which Charles Darwin describes the death of his beloved daughter-in-law will be released by University of Cambridge

Revealed: Darwin's secret anguish over daughter-in-law’s death

Naturalist pouring out grief is among thousands of personal letters soon to be released online

‘The Loire Valley is utterly beautiful’

My life in travel: Cressida Cowell

‘The Loire Valley is utterly beautiful’

Creamfields dance music festival ends a day early after 'heavy flooding'

The Creamfields dance music festival became a casualty of the weather today, ending a day early after torrential rain caused "heavy flooding".

Bank holiday weather: Britain set for respite from rain

Britain should get some respite from the dismal Bank Holiday weather today before further heavy rain and strong winds bring a disappointing end to the long weekend.

Let dark petals bloom

Flower power is back but don't try to channel the 1960s. Instead a moody, more gothic look is trotting off the catwalk and heading for our homes

Olympic torch to be carried on London Underground

The Olympic flame will ride the London Underground today as it continues its week-long journey through each of the host city's 33 boroughs.

Today marks 100 days to go

Olympic slogan 'inspire a generation' launched at Kew Gardens

London 2012 today marked 100 days to go to the start of the Olympics by launching their slogan for the Games: 'Inspire a generation'.

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