Repairing or improving flood defences is so expensive that areas of countryside which are still under water could be deserted, says Environment Agency
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Friday 10 January 2014
The second episode of nature documentary Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (BBC1) was like the visual equivalent of one of those "Sounds of the Ocean" CDs that insomniacs use to drift off. Nothing but calm blue seas as far as the eye can see, and the soothing Scots coo of narrator David Tennant. Well, that and the dolphins, of course.
Tuesday 07 January 2014
The landmark arches have been demolished by high tides and 70mph winds
Friday 03 January 2014
Arifa Akbar picks this year’s must-read book releases
Down to the Sea in Ships, By Horatio Clare: Book review - excellent look at ocean-bound trade and exploitation
Friday 03 January 2014
chances are that you have spent the past two weeks wrapping, unwrapping and wolfing down the stuff brought to you by people like the cheerful rating whom Horatio Clare calls "N".
Monday 30 December 2013
Monday 09 December 2013
'You saved yourself, but I will make a lot of trouble for you,' Coast Official told the captain after he left the ship
UK weather: People urged to remain vigilant as high tides and strong winds continue through the night
Friday 06 December 2013
Houses been swept into the sea over night as the biggest tidal surge in 60 years hit the east coast. The Environment Agency has urged people to remain vigilant as the high tides continue through the night
Monday 02 December 2013
It remains nothing more than a dot on the rugby horizon – the 2015 World Cup, that is – and pretty much anything could happen in the 664 days between here and there. The club-versus-union conflict could send the whole of the European game into meltdown (perfectly possible); New Zealand could hit a bad patch (it has to happen sometime, surely); the Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie could decide that his predecessor was right all along and chuck Quade Cooper out on his ear (barely conceivable on latest evidence, admittedly).
Sunday 17 November 2013
Perhaps a surprise Booker Prize winner in 1979, Fitzgerald’s novel might seem slightly out of date now with regards to its popular culture references, but its focus on the alternative families we create when our biological ones just won’t do is still relevant.
Monday 11 November 2013
The satellite has been in operation since March 2009, with its re-entry planned for by scientists and described as only a "small fraction" of annual pace debris
Sunday 10 November 2013
Debris from the European Space Agency spacecraft is most likely to fall harmlessly in oceans
Sunday 10 November 2013
A wealthy gentleman’s son, William Jackson (1791-1828), went seriously to the bad. His short life was one long round of drink, women, and debt – which meant debtors’ prisons and then transportation to Australia where, despite considerable luck, he eventually died, drunk and alone, on a Sydney street aged 38.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
The plantations of the British Empire around the world faced a serious problem in the 19th century after the abolitionists succeeded in outlawing the slave trade. Where would the labourers come from? India's vast population offered hope. But British public opinion would not tolerate a repetition of slavery.
Monday 14 October 2013
A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India’s fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed.
Sachin Tendulkar to retire from international cricket later this year after playing 200th Test for India
Thursday 10 October 2013
The multi-record holding batsman is to call time on his first class career at international level
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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