Scilly season: The year's first daffodils can be tracked back to the pharaohs

I got a letter this week from Churchtown in the Scillies. I love this letter – it's one I get every year in November, as the Julian family gears up its daffodil farm for a winter of blooming and picking, boxing and despatching.

Typhoon Haiyan: Family fears for British man, his Filipino partner and their daughter in Tacloban

A Briton, his Filipino partner and their three-year-old daughter are feared to have been killed when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the city of Tacloban.

FA Cup: Tamworth play host to Bristol City

Conference side Tamworth have been rewarded for beating Cheltenham with a home tie against League One Bristol City in the second round of the FA Cup. Swindon’s conquerors Macclesfield will play the winners of the Gillingham and Brackley replay, while Conference South side Dover Athletic travel to MK Dons.

Despite voters’ apathy, PCCs are here to stay

Such was the relief when a woman exercised her democratic rights in the Devon town of Exmouth that staff broke into spontaneous applause. No such joy for their colleagues at one polling station in Gwent – they spent the whole day waiting in vain for a voter to darken their doors.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Magnitsky's law will be the legacy he deserved

Our man in Westminster

Woffinden, who grew up in Australia, becomes the eighth British champion

Tai Woffinden rushes to world speedway title at just 23

Tai Woffinden was crowned world speedway champion in Torun last night, becoming the first Briton to take the title for 13 years. The Wolverhampton rider, who is only 23, accumulated the six points he needed as early as the fifth heat of the final race of the season at the Polish Grand Prix.

Great works: Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound (1914) by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time

Court case aims to force MoD’s hand with Freedom of Information requests on drones

Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time.

Indyplus video: Interview with D-day veterans

Walter Marshall, 88, from Grimsby was a Royal Navy officer, who commanded part of the approaches to the British landing beaches on 6 June 1944. Watch him speaking about his Normandy experiences below:

Sara Barton runs the Brewster's Brewing Company in Grantham

Return of the 'brewsters': New beer drinking 'sisterhood' helping to stimulate thriving real ale market

Women are rising through the ranks at some of Britain's biggest breweries as well as opening new ones

Hope Powell could make a swift return to football in a revolutionary move

Hope Powell admits she did not expect to be sacked as England coach

The long-time manager of the women's senior team was dismissed after a poor European Championship

Man charged with attempted murder after rugby player attacked with claw hammer

Matthew Probert is 'lucky to be alive' after being struck

Martin Luther King’s ‘dream’ is not fulfilled by a first black President

King warned it would not be easy to “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood” and he was right

Croydon skyline

Croydon: the debt-worry capital of the UK

London suburb tops list of places where people are seeking financial help

Margate is one of Britain’s most deprived seaside towns

Deprived seaside towns to get funding boost

Ailing seaside towns are to receive almost £30m to boost growth, the Treasury has announced today, following statistics showing they suffer from above-average levels of deprivation.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
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Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

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Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

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The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

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Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum
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Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’

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Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report'

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Radio 1’s new chart host must placate the Swifties and Azaleans

Radio 1 to mediate between the Swifties and Azaleans

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

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Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

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