Property The Magical Teapot, Linthill Studio, Lilliesleaf, Melrose, Scottish Borders TD6. Guide price £10,000. On with Rettie.

Plus exchange-to-completion times, 'Granlords', and a detached teapot

Ennerdale in the Lake District, one potential site for underground nuclear waste

Crunch vote on nuclear dump in Lake District

Plans to bury radioactive waste in Cumbria face growing local opposition. Mike Glover reports

Odemwingie to stay at Albion

West Bromwich Albion have rejected a transfer request from striker Peter Odemwingie, the club's sporting and technical director, Richard Garlick, last night confirmed.

The Big Six: Tanzanian safari lodges

Singita Mara River, Serengeti

Scottish wildcat

'2013 will decide whether the Scottish wildcat lives or dies': Highland tiger on its last legs following persecution by gamekeepers and interbreeding with domestic cats

Control by gamekeepers and interbreeding with domestic cats means an historic species is dying

America's yule log blazes no more

They are wandering around the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, disoriented and stunned. Like George Bailey as if he'd never been born. Or Scrooge glimpsing Christmas future.

Must watch: Crocodile leaps at man swimming in Australia

If you were swimming and saw a crocodile resting on a rock, would you:

A) get out your camera

B) go and investigate

C) leave it the hell alone

Nepalese army hunts elephant that killed four

Soldiers in Nepal are hunting a wild elephant that is terrorising villagers in the south of the country and has killed four people in the past three months.

The rules of attraction

Simon Veness guides you around Florida’s major parks and shows

Seen through Ernest's eyes

The Florida Keys were a favourite of Hemingway – and they still enchant.

The Big Six: Wine country hotels

Beltane Ranch, Sonoma, California

Set in the heart of the Sonoma Valley north of San Francisco, the Beltane Ranch is a family-run working farm producing wine, grass-fed beef and olive oil. Built in 1892, the romantic verandah-wrapped shingle house is one of the area's most charming places to stay. There are five airy guestrooms decorated with antiques and heirlooms and a cottage looking out over gardens of organic vegetables, flowers and orchards. The property, which grows chardonnay, zinfandel, syrah and cabernet sauvignon grapes, produced its first vintage in 2009. It's also well placed for exploring the wineries of the 17-mile long Valley of the Moon.

Enjoy the outer limits

The US territories offer a different perspective, says Chris Leadbeater

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<p>Rhino tracking offers thrills to bush detective and adrenalin junkie alike. With the huge but placid white rhino, this is not too hard. The smaller, shyer and stroppier black rhino is more of a challenge. Imfolozi Game Reserve, in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal, is Africa’s rhino capital. Mkhaya Game Reserve in nearby Swaziland also offers excellent tracking of both species. Imagine Africa (020-7622 5114; <a href=imagineafrica.co.uk) has a six-night self-drive South Africa/Swaziland package, including the three-night Imfolozi Wilderness Trail and two nights at Mkhaya, Swaziland, from £1,569, including car hire and international flights. The same company also offers a one-week self-drive safari to Namibia, including three nights at Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland and two nights in the Etosha National Park, for £2,600, including international flights and car hire.

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Rhino killings for horns rise rapidly in South Africa

By the time ranchers found the rhinoceros calf wandering alone in this idyllic setting of scrub brush and acacia, the nature reserve had become yet another blood-soaked crime scene in South Africa's losing battle against poachers.

Hissing – to imitate the sound of gas – was heard from some Hammers supporters

Harry Redknapp 'disgusted' at racist 'filth' as West Ham issue life ban

Former Spurs and Hammers manager leads condemnation of 'cowardly' chants at White Hart Lane

Giant tortoise George wasn't so Lonesome

The death of Lonesome George in June this year was mourned by environmentalists worldwide. The centenarian reptile from the Galapagos was said to be the last Pinta Island tortoise left, and his passing meant the extinction of his subspecies. But now it seems George wasn't as lonely as scientists imagined.

There are 250,000 adult badgers in the UK

Three badgers illegally shot in Shropshire may have been killed after farmers started own cull

Three badgers that were illegally shot in Shropshire may have been killed by farmers “let down” by the postponement of the badger cull, an animal welfare group has claimed.

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