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The annual electronics fair has kicked off once again with all the oddities a geek could wish for; see below for pictures of some of the best gadgets so far

6pm deadline for Elian reunion

Fallen Klitschko leaves big hole to fill

Promoters and TV moguls relaunch search for next heavyweight hope after giant Ukrainian's demise

Column one: Our new (disputed) undisputed world champion

AFTER A century of false dawns, Britain finally crowned its own undisputed heavyweight champion of the world when Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield on points in Las Vegas on Saturday night, adding Holyfield's World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles to his own World Boxing Council belt.

Hotel boss expands - into outer space

ROBERT BIGELOW has a dream: he wants to build a hotel in outer space. A big, fantasy hotel that would orbit the moon and provide earthlings with the ultimate day-trip experience.

Strange days

In the heart of the Black Rock Desert, there's no water and temperatures rise above 100 degrees. It's an extraordinary place - and the perfect venue for the weirdest event in the cultural calendar

The wildest little whorehouse in the West

Call yourself the most famous brothel in the West, and you are bound to attract trouble. The Mustang Ranch, which became the stuff of legend as the first legalised whorehouse in America, has had to endure arson, bankruptcy, the intense scrutiny of federal investigations and numerous closures, in its chequered 40-year history.

Freak flooding leaves Las Vegas submerged

FLASH FLOODS in the Nevada desert left much of Las Vegas sloshing around in a lake of murky orange water, with roads transformed into giant puddles, bridges and mobile homes swept away and at least two people dead.

Pursuits: Blackjack

BLACKJACK IS the only casino game you can beat. The technique known as "counting" is based on keeping track of the cards as they are dealt so as to increase the size of your bets when the remaining cards in the shoe are favourable, that is, when there are more tens than low cards left.
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

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From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

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