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The single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the town of Forbes yesterday afternoon when the pilot lost consciousness

The Pages, By Murray Bail

In his 1998 novel Eucalytpus, Murray Bail argued that writers spend less time on "applied psychology" and more on "story-telling." Here, his main characters, two women in their forties, embark on a road journey and a long bout of therapeutic chit-chat.

Police thwart suicide attack on army base

Police yesterday made four arrests after uncovering a plot to launch a suicide attack on an Australian army base.

Watson shakes off troubled past to shine in starring role

Shane Watson has long been a cricketer searching for a role but perhaps he has found in it his new and most unlikely persona.

Bush survivor discusses ordeal

Jamie Neale said thinking about his mother kept him going through the 12-day ordeal when he was lost in the bush.

Terence Blacker: 'Thought For The Day' has had its day

The soundtrack to our lives contains certain noises which exist primarily to reassure the more vulnerable citizens of middle Britain that old values and traditions live on. The shipping forecast, eager middle-class voices singing "Jerusalem" on the Last Night of the Proms, the Queen's Speech: the content of all these things is unimportant beside the fact that they still exist. They are little comfort blankets of sound. It is time to admit that one of these aural symbols of national continuity has well and truly outlived its usefulness. Radio 4's Thought For The Day has got to go.

Backpacker who came back from the dead... to a scolding

Teenage Briton emerges to face his father after 12 days lost in Aussie bush

Actor left to ask: 'Where's the money, Skip?' after court case

An actor who starred in the iconic 1960s Australian television show Skippy has lost a legal battle for a share of the millions of dollars it has generated in the past 40 years.

Trail of the Unexpected: Parkes in New South Wales has two big claims to fame

On the adrenalin scale of thrills, Parkes scarcely rates. Or so it seemed at first. This sleepy bush town of 11,000 people is five hours' drive from the heart of Sydney, Australia, threading west beyond the wheat fields of Manildra, across dry creeks, on narrow capillary roads that are studded with wilting cypress trees and drooping eucalyptus.

Girl, 2, thrown out of Australia's Senate

The ejection from Australia's Senate of a member's two-year-old daughter, who subsequently screamed in distress, ignited a national debate today about whether parents should take their children to work.

Moore learns of England call through internet leak

An investigation has been launched by the Rugby Football League into how some England players selected for the Test against France later this month learnt of the honour from a leak on the internet after a sealed area in the RFL's website was hacked into.

Max Hartwell: Influential economic historian unafraid to provoke controversy

By happy chance, Max Hartwell erupted into British academic life at a time when the subject of economic history was growing in importance and regard. He arrived at Oxford's Nuffield college in 1956, and shortly afterwards published, in the Economic History Review, an article entitled "The Rising Standard of Living in England, 1800-1850". Few academic articles have generated more controversy and Hartwell's argument – that industrialisation had immeasurably improved the lot of the poor – put him at odds with Marxist historians such as Eric Hobsbawn. During a scholarly career largely spent at Nuffield college and, in later years, as a visiting professor at the universities of Virginia and Chicago, Hartwell was a major figure in his field, becoming assistant editor of the Economic History Review in 1957, editing it between 1960 and 1968.

Thousands evacuate Australian floods

Thousands more people in Australia's flood-hit east were told to leave their homes yesterday as gale-force winds lashed the coast and emergency services said up to 20,000 people had been cut off.

Fresh faces offer hope as Aussies name Ashes men

So much seems to impede Australia. Of their much-awaited squad for the 2009 Ashes announced yesterday, 11 have never been on an Ashes tour, eight have played fewer than 10 Test matches, seven are more than thirty years old, only five were part of the team that hounded England from pillar to post and won 5-0 two years ago.

Australian topless bathing ban urged

A group of conservative politicians is making headway towards a ban on topless bathing on some of Australia's best known beaches.







Australia's dirty little colonial wars

20,000 Aborigines died As Anzac Day approaches, campaigners want Australia's war memorial to recognise the forgotten Aborigines killed by white settlers

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After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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