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Alliums - decorative onions - are splendid plants for the border, writes Kirsty Fergusson, but be sure to hide their ugly ankles

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Everest Diary: Dingboche, Nepal: With Houdini helping, I break my own record

THE GREAT Houdini yesterday took me to a personal altitude record in our expedition's preparation for the oxygen-thin air of Mount Everest.

A gentle evangelist takes Irish dream to the top of the world

Everest Diary; Khumjung, Nepal

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A bag of sugar: the acid test for Italian virility

Italian men show a rare enthusiasm for sex - or at least those who agreed to test a new drug for impotence did.

Stand on top of the world. (For a price)

If you have the cash (about pounds 24,000 in Everest's case), you can be guided up almost any mountain in the world. Great, says Mark Dudley

My holiday? I'm off to Greece, to put Socrates right

In my cybersuit I could ski in the Congo or smoke a joint in Singapore

Seven feared dead on Everest

Mount Everest has claimed seven more victims, mountaineers said yesterday after the climbers were caught by a blizzard near the summit of the world's tallest mountain.

Everest climbers feared dead

Everest climbers feared dead

They're going back to Mars - but they won't be looking for life

A fter a gap of 20 years, we're on our way back to Mars. On 6 November, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) will lift off from Cape Canaveral on a Delta launch vehicle; a month later, Mars Pathfinder will follow. Both probes have been planned for years, and are definitely not a knee- jerk reaction to the possible discovery of a microfossil in a Martian meteorite. In fact, neither probe is able to look for microfossils, although they are equipped to perform an otherwise impressive range of tasks.

Boro find cold comfort as Dons are denied

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The last great challenge on earth: but will the best man win?

Antarctic adventurer left at the starting gate as sponsors melt away

Bath without the tourists

Edmund Bealby-Wright discovers the pleasures of the historic spa town's unfashionable country relation, Frome

A chilly outpost of the Solar System that mimics Earth

Titan could be an analogue for our own planet, new pictures suggest.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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