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Tunnels of love

Rush hour on the Jubilee line, northbound. In a city full of singles, love blossoms in the strangest places. Howard Byrom hears tales of love on the tube

Millennium plans lose pounds 3m funding

The Millennium Commission has withdrawn funding from two projects - the first to be refused in such a way - because they have failed to meet the necessary conditions, it emerged yesterday.

Cattle cull doubled to clear backlog

More than 55,000 cattle are now being culled each week in order to eradicate BSE from the national herd, the Government announced yesterday. The backlog of 400,000 cattle should be completed by Christmas

Six held after Irish arms raid

Cattle cull doubled to clear backlog

Rare puff ball back on Earth

A 10-year-old girl has amazed mushroom experts by finding a puff ball believed to be extinct in Britain for more than 70 years.

Junk shop chic

Junk shop chic is the creed, and After Noah the name that husband and wife team Matthew Crawford and Zoe Candlin chose for their shop - they liked its suggestion that they would sell absolutely anything post- diluvian. Upper Street, Islington - the King's Road of north London - was where they decided to found their business. Success came swiftly, and earlier this year they opened a second shop on the real King's Road in Chelsea.

Sunny outlook for Oxfordshire's groves of academe and ... olives

What future for the olive tree in Oxfordshire? Can the silver- green symbol of the Mediterranean flourish in a landscape of oakwoods and bluebells? Can we sip chianti under its leaves without leaving Britain?

Smut-worm, mildew and chuckle-rot: how to cultivate comedy weeds

The press have it in for me! I'm convinced of it. Folks, I have a stonking great show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, and it's not my fault if the audience doesn't get it! The reviews have been scathing, but what do they know? This is what I get for trying to do something different, for trying to knock down a few walls.

Threat of extinction looms large for world's flowering giants

Paul Simons on the monster blooms whose plight has failed to reach the public eye

Memories of a smelly floral giant: Letter

Sir: News that Amorphophallus titanum was about to bloom at Kew Gardens (report, 30 July) reminded me of when I first heard of the world's largest flower, from a man who assisted at a similar flowering in the late 1930s.

So, this is what's behind the wrinkled nose epidemic

Like all greatest entrances it was behind schedule, but the appearance of the world's largest (and smelliest) flower, for the first time in 33 years was no less spectacular for that.

A pregnant pause as titan fails to bloom

In a scene reminiscent of the maternity ward of a busy hospital, a crowd of tourists, botanists and journalists paced up and down with worried expressions. The largest flower on earth, graced with one of the most nauseating smells on earth, was due to open at Kew Gardens for the first time in 33 years yesterday.

Beware: Chinese herbs that can do you harm

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The star turns of rockery 'n' roll

Britons spend pounds 2bn a year on their gardens. Next week the faithfu l will make their pilgrimage to the Chelsea Flower Show, but for those who cannot attend there is row upon row of willing experts to advise - and entice them to spend even more. By Louise Levene
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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape