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Selfless act: Nicholas Grace donated his kidney in an operation which made him Britain's oldest living donor

Britain’s oldest living organ donor

He’s 83 years old, but after his wife died, Nicholas Crace decided he wanted to give someone else a second chance. Here, he tells how he gave a kidney to a stranger in her 60s

Album: Tracey Thorn, Tinsel and Lights (Strange Feeling)

Rather than do the easy thing and lend her famously languid tones to a set of Christmas standards, former Everything But the Girl singer Thorn has come up with a selection of 10 cover versions (and two self-penned originals), many only tangentially Christmassy, from tasteful, cheese-free sources.

The top astronomy pictures of 2012

Astronomy is a beautiful science.

Flaming Lips singer regrets fake grenade at airport

The frontman of the rock band The Flaming Lips, who attempted to take a replica grenade on to a domestic flight, prompting a security “lockdown” at Oklahoma City airport, has admitted he had “not quite thought” about the possible consequences of his actions.

James Ashton: Knives out for the Lynch mob as Whitman calls foul over Autonomy founder's books

The two sides repelled almost as soon as Mr Lynch banked his £500m cheque

Portfolio: Fabian Oefner

Few of us have heard of ferrofluids. But, thanks to their magnetic properties, these oily liquids, packed with tiny iron particles, have a number of applications, from sealing computer hard-drives to enhancing medical imaging – and, more recently, their use as an art medium.

Germany keeper
Manuel Neuer is
beaten by Frank
Lampard's shot
in 2010

Better late than never: goalline technology gets international clearance

New systems to be used at Club World Cup, with Premier League eager for early introduction

John Terry clears the ball away

Goal-line technology set for go-ahead

Goal-line technology is certain to get the go-ahead from football's law-makers next week, according to sources on the International FA Board (IFAB).

Kathy Burke: 'I'm sick of dramas about crime and murder which always make young actresses take their clothes off'

Kathy comes home

Kathy Burke has written a sitcom about her childhood, but most shows about young women make her puke, she tells James Rampton

Lampard's ‘goal’ against Germany at the 2010 World Cup was not given

Fifa announce first live testing of goal-line technology

The first live test of Hawk-Eye's goal-line technology will take place at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium next month, FIFA have announced.

The decision to award a 49th-minute goal to Juan Mata, putting Chelsea 2-0 up, appeared to be wrong after video replays suggested the ball hadn't crossed the line when it was cleared away by Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

FA reiterate desire for introduction of goal-line technology

The Football Association have stressed their desire to see goal-line technology introduced as soon as possible following Chelsea's 'ghost goal' against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final.

New direction pays off for Laird with as results rise

Laird, the former shipbuilder that reinvented itself as a maker of electronic components used in tablets and smartphones such as Apple's iPhone, recorded a 31 per cent jump in profits to £53m last year as revenues rose 19 per cent to £491m.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves - Lots of excellent new adventures

Keanu Reeves goes behind the camera for the newdocumentary Side by Side. He tells James Mottram about this passion project and how Bill and Ted could soon be returning

Lady Gaga left 'blood' in hotel bath

Lady Gaga allegedly left "large amounts of blood" in a hotel bath. 

Space debris has reached 'tipping point'

Space junk has made such a mess of Earth's orbit that experts say we may need to finally think about cleaning it up.

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