Irish climber Ian McKeever inspired others to follow their dreams
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Ol Parker, the director of "Now Is Good", tells our writer how the loss of a friend inspired him to make a life-affirming film.
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Controller tells Ian Burrell why 12m listeners can't be wrong
Back home, they have fame and fortune. So why do American stand-ups risk the perils of British gigs? Veronica Lee reports
Schoolboy's ascent of Everest makes him youngest person to scale 'seven summits'
Of the 50 climbers who reached the peak of the world's highest mountain in the early hours of yesterday morning, one stood head and shoulders below the rest.
"Bring your right leg up to that little ledge. Come on, it's just one small step." Our guide, Joel, was doing his best to encourage me, at nearly 5,000m up Uganda's Mount Stanley, that the summit was within reach. It may have been a small step to Joel, but to a rock-climbing novice like me, it required a leap of faith to expect one spike on my crampon to support my weight as I clung like a limpet to a four-metre wall of sheer, icy rock.
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Group will attempt to retrace Captain Bligh's epic journey in an open boat – using navigation tools from 1789.
Ice on Africa's highest peak is vanishing at fastest rate for 100 years
It's another gloriously sunny day, and dozens of young children at St Andrew's Preparatory School are setting off on their weekly run. Led by their fleet-footed teachers, the pack races several kilometres around the school's 300-acre plot before returning for prep and early supper.
A renowned British gem expert has been hacked to death with machetes by a gang of illegal miners who ambushed him in Kenya.
Chris Moyles is famed not so much for failing the "cornflakes test" – the media benchmark by which bad-taste stories and remarks are tested for offence – as for spitting out the milk and smashing the breakfast bowl against the studio wall.