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We landed at Heathrow from Hong Kong at the very anti-social time of 4.30am. I'd been scouring the online news for anywhere in the UK that was still above water. Our best bet was probably to swim to Windsor, and then try to get a boat down through the old land areas of Reading and Swindon then hope to beach somewhere in the mid-Cotswolds. Once there, we would have a chance of finding a friendly local tribe to give us safe passage back to our valley. But who might be running the valley now? While we'd been away in Asia the great waters had come, and old social orders had been reversed.

Our green cathedral: Look how the Eden Project has grown

Ten years ago, a rural corner of Cornwall was transformed into an environmental paradise.

Lily Allen wants paper to pay for CCTV system

Lily Allen has suffered personal trauma and continued paparazzi harassment for the past 12 months. Now the real cost to her privacy has emerged: a state-of-the-art £60,000 security system for her new home.

Amanda Holden suffers stillbirth tragedy

The actress Amanda Holden is expected to undergo a series of tests to try to determine what caused the stillbirth of her baby seven months into her pregnancy.

Lily Allen sets wedding date

Lily Allen has set a date for her wedding.

Lily Allen's lesson for Easter

Lily Allen, once described by David Cameron as unsuitable listening for his daughter, is being recommended to churchgoers before Easter. Steven Croft, the Bishop of Sheffield, suggested Allen's song "The Fear" would put Bible students in the mood for a course entitled Exploring God's Mercy.

Lily Allen's illness reveals danger of blood poisoning

Lily Allen’s hospitalisation with septicaemia has focused attention on a little understood but potentially fatal condition which affects thousands of people every year.

Lily Allen loses baby

Singer Lily Allen has lost her baby, the singer's spokesman said today.

Professor Green, Koko, London

From his humble beginnings as an ambitious battle MC, Professor Green has certainly come a long way.

The man behind 'Skins' hops channels as new BBC1 controller

The man who brought us Supernanny and Skins but has a passion for Charles Dickens and thinks EastEnders is the best programme on television has been appointed controller of BBC1.

Lily Allen wins damages over fake interview

Lily Allen has accepted damages from the publisher of a football magazine about a fake interview in which she was quoted making offensive remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Ashley and Cheryl Cole.

Lily Allen accepts damages over football magazine article

Singer Lily Allen accepted damages today over allegations that she had made offensive remarks about David and Victoria Beckham and Ashley and Cheryl Cole.

Mark Steel: Solving disputes the Boris way

The marvellous part about a transport strike, such as the one on the London Underground on Monday, is the reports on the news afterwards. This is where we're told that, "one plucky commuter beat the strike by breaking into the Imperial War Museum and stealing a Spitfire, which he used to ferry grateful passengers who'd been left stranded by the union in a swamp with little hope of ever seeing their children again. And an insurance clerk got permission from London Zoo to borrow a leopard, and rode on it to his office in Shoreditch. There was a slight hitch on the Camden one-way system when it mauled a queue for the 159 to Westminster, but he arrived only 10 minutes late, and was able to do plenty of filing."

Lily Allen and Elton John honoured for songwriting

Stars including Lily Allen, Sting and Elton John were honoured for their songwriting by the US music industry.

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A new Russian revolution

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

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