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The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Fighting out of the Fringes: The last of the lake

After talking about our current Rough Fiction project for almost a year now the first draft has finally been written. "The Last of the Lake" is finished, for now.

Album: Esben & the Witch, Violet Cries (Matador)

Judging by the titles on their debut album – "Argyria", "Chorea" and "Eumenides" – Brighton trio Esben and the Witch are a band who paid attention in Classics.

Not Lakes, but floods for Cumbria

Flood water covers many of the fields around Derwentwater after the River Derwent burst its banks in Borrowdale, Cumbria, over the weekend.

A Day That Shook The World: Campbell dies in Bluebird crash

On 4 January 1967 Donald Campbell died when trying to break the 300 mile an hour speed barrier on water when his Bluebird vehicle crashed.

Album: Surf City, Kudos (Fire)

The Jesus and Mary Chain-derived band name is an indication of the sound of Kudos, which features booming indie drones drenched in effects; but it's the infectious melodic sense of fellow New Zealanders The Chills that comes through most strongly on songs such as "Crazy Rulers of the World" and "See How the Sun", with their blend of primitive pop smarts, keening vocals and ringing drone guitars.

Lucerne Festival comes to the big screen

London's Odeon Covent Garden may not be as idyllic as the lakeside setting of the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. But classical music lovers can catch the final concert in its summer festival with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic broadcast in a handful of cinemas in the UK, on Saturday at 5.30pm.

Man arrested over lake deaths crash

Police arrested a 21-year-old man today after a car plunged 20ft down an embankment into a lake, killing two teenagers.

Goldengrove, By Francine Prose

Thirteen-year-old Nico's idyllic family life by Mirror Lake is shattered one summer's day when her sister Margaret drowns. The family is thrown into freefall: Nico's mother becomes dependent on pills, her father seems to be having an affair with his bookshop assistant, and Margaret's boyfriend, Aaron, seems bent on making Nico take his dead girlfriend's place.

Boy catches biggest goldfish

A schoolboy angler reeled in what is thought to be the biggest goldfish ever found in Britain.

Teenage girl, 15, dies after lake rescue

A teenage girl who was pulled from a lake at a water park in Wiltshire has died, police said.

Girl, 15, critical after lake rescue

A teenage girl was fighting for her life today after being pulled from a lake at a water park.

Bad Intentions, By Karin Fossum, trans Charlotte Barslund

A dip into troubled waters

Teenager goes missing while canoeing in Lake District

A canoeist was feared drowned today after failing to resurface in the Lake District.

Lake District killings reminiscent of previous massacres

The Lake District killings are reminiscent of previous massacres in Hungerford, Berkshire, and Dunblane, Scotland, which sent shockwaves through the local communities and the country as a whole.

Helicopter ditches in loch since boat search

A pilot escaped serious injury today when his helicopter crashed into a loch while he was searching for his missing cabin cruiser.

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