News The research found that people got accustomed to the cold over time

Feeling the cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight

Now we have the euro, it is time to prepare for full political union

The euro is like putting the cart before the horse. Either Europe will federate or disintegrate

Countdown To The Euro: View from France - Europe united by apathy and ignorance

THE EXCITED children aged nine and 10 were learning about the euro in the school car park. They were also trying to stand on one another's feet when Madame was not looking.

Countdown To The Euro: Sceptics converted in first wave of nations

THE EURO has clear public support in most of the 11 countries taking part in the first stage. Indeed, public opinion has favoured the euro since the idea came on to the public agenda in the early Nineties.

Learning to live with recessions

We may, here in the UK, manage our way through the early 2000s rather better than most

Conservative Party Conference: The YCs are dead. Hooray for the new youth wing!

THAT MOST cringe-making of political animals, the Young Conservative, was finally put to sleep yesterday when William Hague unveiled his party's new youth movement. Hoping to erase from public memory countless images of black-tied Hooray Henrys engaged in food fights while singing "Hang Nelson Mandela", the Tory leader launched Conservative Future to a packed student audience.

Off with her head, says Europe; ... but one still has one's uses

A DECISION by European Central Bank bank chiefs to prevent the Queen's head appearing on euro notes if Britain joins the single currency prompted a political row last night.

Buddhist monk hired to re-energise Shell

FIRST THERE was all that nasty bother about sinking dirty oil platforms in the North Sea, then that troublesome business with the Ogoni tribespeople in Nigeria. None of it any good for the public image of a company in these environmentally conscious times.

Letter: Gaining currency

Letter: Gaining currency

Watch out, Tony - the left fears the euro, too

The most dangerous man in Britain? The question is usually reserved for paedophiles

France, a lucky nation poised on the brink of sustained prosperity

We veer between inferiority (their trains, food and style) and superiority (our airlines, food and style)

Conservative peer defects to take seat on Labour benches

ANOTHER LEADING Conservative crosses the floor of Parliament to join Tony Blair's Labour Party today.

Learning to sell the family silver

Downing Street's new inhabitants seem as wedded to the idea of privatisation as Thatcher and Lawson

The euro starts life with a squabble

Believe it or not, this is history in the making ...

They're in - but can they stay the course?

THIS weekend's summit will be a political event. Uncertainties about the economic success or failure of monetary union lie in the more distant future. After all the earlier fuss about which countries would clear the hurdles set by the Maastricht Treaty, it has been obvious for months that the single currency would start with 11 members, Greece the only wannabe that would not make the grade.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee