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Tories stage 'open primary'

Three Tory candidates put their cases to the public today in Britain's first "open primary" style election for a prospective MP.

Burke's Peerage to include illegitimate children

Being bastard born is no longer the social disaster it once was.

Why Chislehurst has a special reason to mourn

A Kent landowner could lose out on a huge pay-cheque as a result of Michael Jackson's death. Jackson had booked up to stay in Foxbury Manor in Chislehurst, moving its owners out to a pad in Orpington.

Ben Chu: Mervyn King is still stressed about lending

A sobering line in Mervyn King's Mansion House speech last night: "Stress tests designed to assess the viability of banks are very different from tests of the capacity of the banking system to finance a recovery".

Fidelio, Garsington Manor, Oxfordshire

Chilling villain is cold comfort

Deluge at Manor raises Ryder Cup fears

If Celtic Manor becomes flooded in the first week in June, then imagine what could happen in the first week of October. Never mind the Gortex, it is frogmen uniforms the American Ryder Cup team should consider decking out in stars and stripes.

The Back 9 - 5 June

Tycoon hands over villa and mansion to Sibir

The Russian tycoon Shalva Chigirinsky has pledged his French Riviera villa and proceeds from the sale of his London mansion to Sibir Energy, the London-listed oil company he holds a 46 per cent stake in.

The Sonnets: 146

By William Shakespeare

The Sonnets: 95

By William Shakespeare

Mansions burn in California wildfires

Firefighters expected another day of heat, gusts and potential destruction today as they battled a growing blaze descending on the scenic coastal city of Santa Barbara that forced more than 5,000 homes to evacuate.

The Private Patient, By PD James

Never call her cosy. The ethics and economics of private practice for a busy NHS consultant; the conscience - and its limits - of a top-flight investigative reporter who fatally oversteps a line; the stable commitment of gay couples set against the psychic wreckage of trad marriages: all this, and a cracking mystery in a creepy Dorset mansion too. Murder aside, James does modern work so much better than her peers.

Squatters take over £3m Bristol mansion

Squatters have taken over a Grade-II listed mansion, said to be worth up to £3m, in an upmarket area of Bristol.

Body in burnt-out mansion confirmed as daughter

The third body found at a burnt-out rural mansion has been identified as that of 15-year-old Kirstie Foster, police said today.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment