News The photo that the mother of a suicide victim sends along with his ashes to strangers so her thrill-seeking son can fulfill his dream of travelling the world

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

Gardening: Flowering tearjerker

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

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Top to bottom

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

Football mania has a lot to answer for

the trouble with boys

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


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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A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
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Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
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A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
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Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being 'hot', rather than 'charming', 'romantic' or 'beautiful'
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Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam