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The Tent

Try the new inflatable tent range, the Vango AirBeam. Just pump it up and peg it down – Vango says it takes less than five minutes.

Find out more at vango.co.uk

The 100 Words That Made the English, By Tony Thorne

What a great idea for a book. Thorne gets his lexical portrait of the English off to a good start with "actually", defined as "a timid conveyor of a contradiction", though he might have included the warning given by Felix Leiter to James Bond when 007 was about to impersonate an American that the use of "actually" was a dead giveaway of Englishness. (The same applies to foggiest, as in "I haven't got the", which appears here under "foggy".)

BmiBaby cuts British flights

Budget airline BmiBaby is to stop flying from Cardiff and Manchester after the end of this summer, blaming the tricky economic climate.

CBS News coy on Couric 'departure'

CBS News has refused to confirm reports that presenter Katie Couric will be leaving once her contract is up on 4 June.

Online House Hunter: Here is the news...

There are many resources available online to help you find your next home, but the local newspaper can prove to be one of the most beneficial.

'Limitless' microscope to aid virus research

An optical microscope that uses light and is so powerful that it can capture living viruses and be used to view the working biological machinery that keeps human cells alive has been invented by British scientists.

Smith: McCoist news can give Rangers a boost

Walter Smith hopes the news that Ally McCoist will be replacing him at the helm in the summer will provide Rangers with a timely boost ahead of their Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon tonight.

Landlord CSC to vote against JJB rescue bid

JJB, the beleaguered sportswear chain, has suffered a further blow after one of the UK's largest landlords said it would not support its plan to stave off administration.

Four-year-old stabbed several times

A four-year-old girl found dead next to her seriously-injured mother had suffered multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Hoy denied sprint gold by Kenny

Britain's women won the opening final of the Track World Cup last night but there was to be no gold for four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy in Manchester.

Girl found dead with injured mother

A four-year-old girl has been found dead and her mother is in hospital with serious injuries, police said today.

The News Where You Are, By Catherine O'Flynn

Catherine O'Flynn's prize-winning debut What Was Lost was set in the dystopian world of a Midlands shopping mall. In her second novel, it is a regional TV studio that becomes the symbol for mass culture gone sour.

Leading article: Public inconvenience

When Manchester announced that it intended to achieve necessary spending cuts by closing, among other things, all but one of the city's public lavatories, it looked as though the city council was merely accelerating the lamentable trend observed in so many of Britain's towns and cities, where the public convenience is fast becoming extinct.

Woman, 92, attacked on doorstep

A robber kicked a 92-year-old woman in the head and left her bleeding and badly injured on her doorstep.

Manchester to sack 2,000 council staff

Two thousand council workers will be made redundant in Manchester over the next year, bringing the total jobs cull caused by Coalition spending cuts to 114,000 across 145 councils.

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