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Hundreds of strangers on Facebook have helped Hallie Twomey with her mission

Science: X-ray eye on the invisible Universe

A new space telescope promises to shine a light on the parts the Hubble can't reach.

When cruises are bargains and luxury villas look like good deals, what does it take to blow real money on a holiday?

! t is a God-given truth: not everyone wants a year's supply of beer or even a family car. But everyone wants "a luxury holiday for two". Or do they? The winner of the luxury holiday in Australia described on the front page of this section seems to have had a moderately good time, though not as good as you might have hoped. Was his holiday not expensive enough?

Mallory `did not conquer Everest'

GEORGE MALLORY probably did not reach the top of Mount Everest in 1924, according to the team that discovered his body on May 1.

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What in the name of Keith Floyd is a filled sandwich? ALL sandwiches are filled!

Obituary: Dr Charles Warren

CHARLES WARREN was one of the last surviving members of the British pre-war expeditions to Mount Everest. Although an eminent physician, he also had a passion for art and literature and was the kind of civilised polymath all too rare nowadays in both the medical and mountaineering communities.

Hatter is first Briton to conquer Everest both ways

GRAHAM RATCLIFFE has stepped on to the summit of Mount Everest and into the record books, becoming the first Briton to scale the world's highest mountain from its north and south sides.

Financial Notes: The buying power of illegal narcotics

IMAGINE A multi-national company so big and powerful that its annual turnover is equal in size to China's gross national product, making that company 11th in the world rankings ahead of the Netherlands, Australia, Russia and India. A company whose gross turnover for just one financial year is sufficient to buy at current market value the world's three largest public companies, General Electric, Royal Dutch Shell and Microsoft. A company that if it dipped into its petty cash could in the same year buy Coca-Cola. A company where just 10 days turnover is in excess of the combined assets of the world's top 50 banks.

Obituary: Derek Nimmo

PLAYING THE clerical buffoon, poking gentle fun at the Church on television in the Sixties, made Derek Nimmo a household name. During his small-screen heyday and beyond, Nimmo also enjoyed a long and successful career in London stage comedies and was something of a modern-day Ralph Lynn, the monocled farceur with the idiot grin who in feature films and Aldwych Theatre productions of the Twenties and Thirties brought laughs to adoring audiences with his portrayals of bungling bachelors.

Captain Moonlight: Brilliant, Rupert! Super, fantastic, Rosie!

t HELLO there! Well, as you can imagine, the telephones have been going absolutely mad here all week! And no prizes for guessing why: yes, that's right, nearly every call posed the same simple question: "Captain, what on earth is this bold and brassy `British Way' that William Hague is banging on about and how can I follow it?" It's a good question, isn't it? And, of course, the Captain can help. Let me give you my Top 10 pointers for following the British Way. 1) Always wear your baseball cap with the peak facing the front. 2) On a sunny day, greet everyone you meet with the traditional saying, "Warm enough for you?", then raise both eyebrows and wink. 3) On a rainy day, greet everyone with the traditional saying, "Lovely weather for ducks!", again raising the eyebrows, but replacing the wink with a sigh. 4) Mostly, though, it is safer to whistle. If in doubt, apologise. 5) Let your Yorkshire pudding mix stand for at least two hours. 6) Never chew a boiled sweet. 7) Always wear a tie with your anorak. 8) Cycle through morning mists to Holy Communion on the pavement. 9) Hum while home improving. 10) Vote New Labour. Thank you.

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Obituary: Lord Hunt

THE DEFINING moment of John Hunt's life was his leadership of the 1953 Everest expedition when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of the world's highest peak. Hunt will always be remembered for Everest, but his qualities of warmth, humour and kindness, tempered by shrewd judgement and prodigious organisational skills, left their mark far beyond the world of mountaineering, in a long, distinguished career as soldier, explorer and statesman.

Travel: Because it might be out there

Graham Hoyland has already conquered Everest. Now he wants to return to search for photographs that were lost back in 1924

Paragliding: Thermal riders risk all for the thrill of flight

Paragliding has become more competitive, but pilots are putting their lives on the line in search for victory.

THE JOURNEY TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD

Twenty years before Hillary and Tenzing, an intrepid team of British pilots became the first people to gaze down on the summit of Everest. Now the extraordinary photographs of their trip have been rediscovered. Robert Winder reports

Travel: The online guide to......Mount Everest and Nepal

IF BAGGING Everest was one of your resolutions this year, there's bad news: you've blown it. The vital May window in the weather between the end of the winter winds and the start of the summer monsoon, is closing for another year.
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