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Philip Hensher: Faraway places mean more to us now

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What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness, By Candia McWilliam

By her mid-fifties Candia McWilliam knew the meaning of suffering better than most. As a child her mother committed suicide; she lived through two failed marriages; became an alcoholic, and, yet more cruelly still, while judging the Booker Prize in 2006, started to lose her sight.

Doctors turn on each other as sectarianism tears Bahrain apart

In another sign of the growing sectarianism in the crisis in Bahrain, friends of imprisoned Shia Muslim doctors in the country are circulating lists of Sunni Muslim medical staff whom they claim have been sent to spy on them and to give false evidence against them in courts.

Leading article: A promotion that gives no comfort

The man who has taken over from Osama bin Laden as head of al-Qa'ida is said to lack the charisma of the terrorist leader the Americans killed six weeks ago. But few believe that he will be less deadly. Ayman al-Zawahiri, a former ophthalmologist, is credited with being the man who lifted Bin Laden's eyes from the local to the global in the days when the chief complaint of the violent jihadist was that US troops were trampling their infidel boots on the Saudi soil which is home to Islam's holiest places. Zawahiri alerted him to a whole range of Muslim grievances – from Kashmir to Palestine – and set up with him the World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders. Some say he was also the operational brains behind 9/11.

Opera of the surreal gives Dali an encore

The tortuous story behind the making of a new musical tribute is true to the artist's spirit

How I was blindfolded – then tried to 'see' like a bat

Blind people are being taught a revolutionary technique that allows them to live independently. Jerome Taylor tries it out

Guide dog for the blind...guide dog

A guide dog who had his eyes removed after developing glaucoma has been provided with his own guide dog. Edward, an eight-year-old Labrador, had been at the side of Graham Waspe, a partially sighted man from Stowmarket in Suffolk, for six years. After Edward lost his own sight in October, Mr Waspe decided to keep him as a pet and the pair are now led around by another Labrador, two-year-old Opal.

Video: Books for the blind appeal launches

A new campaign has been launched that aims to greatly increase the number of books made available to blind and partially sighted people.

Ali Parsa: The banker bringing the market to the NHS

The Monday Interview: Are Ali Parsa's luxury hospitals the future of healthcare? Oliver Wright meets him

Health warning for children over new 3D games console

Users report headaches, eye strain and nausea

Fashion for coloured contact lenses poses eyesight threat

A trend for wearing coloured contact lenses inspired by the pop singer Lady Gaga could damage people's eyes, opticians warn.

Cuban medics in Haiti put the world to shame

Castro's doctors and nurses are the backbone of the fight against cholera

John Lee: Pioneering ophthalmologist and teacher

John Lee was the pre-eminent surgeon for eye-movement disorder (strabismus) of his generation. A consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he pioneered the use of botulinum toxin therapy in the UK, and went on to develop the leading toxin clinic in the world.

Lasers aimed at planes put flights in danger

Worried US aviation officials have warned that a rise in the number of people pointing lasers at aircraft cockpits has increased the risk of blinding pilots and could lead to crashes.

Pioneering retina chip helps blind patients see

Revolutionary surgery has helped three blind patients to see again, following the implantation of an artificial retina in an operation which brings hope to thousands of people who have lost their sight.

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