Sport A snowboarder flies through the center ring of the Olympic Rings, triggering an explosion of snow and ice off the rings during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Almaty, Krakow, Lviv and Oslo are the others hoping to stage the games

Cloister perfection: The Bath Priory Restaurant

It's so long since I dined in a country-house hotel, I'd almost forgotten their qualities: the dust of centuries rising from fat velvet cushions, the Miss Havisham curtains, the leather-bound menus, the raised eyebrows when you ask for a second apéritif before dinner... Bath Priory features some of these delights, but transcends them in considerable style. It's a small, Gothic mansion dating from 1835, built with the town's honey-coloured stone, on land once owned by the Priory of Bath Abbey: there's a cloister-like tranquillity about it still. The rooms are blissfully comfortable, and overlook a croquet lawn and swimming-pool. The restaurant's decor seems unchanged in half a century – high-backed leather chairs, worn staff-room carpet, oil paintings of imperial ladies disembarking at Shanghai or Kuala Lumpur. It's extraordinary to find that the present owners did up the place in 1994; you wouldn't be surprised to learn it was 1954. But behind the scenes in this utterly traditional place, something new and rare is being hatched.

Struggling Johnston Press in emergency £212m fundraising

Malaysian investment group to take 20 per cent stake and replace family as largest shareholder

Senior executive seeks £1m from Al-Jazeera for sexual discrimination

A former senior executive of Al-Jazeera English is seeking compensation that could be more than £1m, after her dismissal by the broadcaster.

Last Night's TV: IDentity Fraud: Outnumbered ,BBC1<br />The Human Spider: cutting edge, Channel 4

The problem with identity fraud, well, the big problem, obviously, is other people using your name to spend vast amounts of money, leaving you to explain to your nearest and dearest that you have never subscribed to any of those internet porn sites, and, no, that doesn't imply that there are other internet porn sites you have subscribed to. But the other problem, speaking now from a televisual standpoint, is that there isn't a lot to see. People rifling through dustbins, or licking illegally obtained stamps to send out letters informing unsuspecting punters that they've won the Nigerian state lottery: this is not the stuff of Baftas, or even decent ratings.

Once Upon a Time in England By Helen Walsh

The grim, unremitting cycle of family unhappiness is unflinchingly depicted in a gritty second novel

Howard Jacobson: Many are the ways we might feel frightened, embarrassed &ndash; or just not at home

Study is meant to make you feel at sea. The self is not a precious entity to be soothed at every turn

Professor Philip Corbet: Entomologist whose work revolutionised the field of dragonfly studies

Philip Corbet was a world expert on dragonflies, which he studied first in England and later in tropical Africa, Canada and New Zealand. He was the author of books which have become entomological classics and are read throughout the English-speaking world. Few have done more to establish the present-day science of odonatology and the popularity of dragonflies as "birdwatcher's insects". To borrow the name of his favourite insect, in the dragonfly world Corbet was an Emperor.

Is the US really bringing stability to Baghdad?

To judge from the talk in Washington, the 'surge' that put 30,000 more US troops on the ground in Iraq has succeeded in bringing stability to a nation still riven by ethnic, religious and tribal conflict. Life, the Pentagon boasts, is returning to normal. But the truth is a very different story.

Simon Calder: The Man Who Pays His Way

Never mind dancing in the aisles - how about a brief stretch?

Five Best: First-class Airline Lounges

Fine food, foot massages: Phillip Wellman checks out where to kick off a long-haul flight in style

Five Best: Hotels with butlers

Let an expert take the strain from your stay

Something To Declare: Australia; Warsaw and Krakow; "James Bond" cable car out of action

The traditional low season for flights to Australia and New Zealand usually sees some tactical seat sales in January, but the fare cuts offered by Malaysia Airlines until next Wednesday, 19 January, are even lower than expected.

My Life In Travel: Sir Roger Moore

'My work for Unicef has taught me about the inhumanity of man'

Different schools of thought as Hoey and Caborn square off

Sports ministers past and present are at odds over playing-field numbers
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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

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The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

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Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

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