Arts and Entertainment Olivia Newton-John pictured in 2008: An unidentified man has been found dead at the singer's Florida home.

A man has been found shot dead at the home of Grease star Olivia Newton-John.

Kournikova's mother charged with child neglect

Tennis star Anna Kournikova's mother has been arrested in Florida and charged with child neglect.

Dom Joly: The shocking truth about golf on Barra

Weird World of Sport: It's this kind of activity that keeps them ready to fight off another Viking invasion

The beach hut goes upmarket – in Whitley Bay

The traditional British refuge from the rain gets the luxury resort treatment

The 'living' beach hut advent calendar

A very special version of the traditional calendar is on display along Hove seafront throughout December. Alex Johnson takes a peek inside and follows its progress on this page

Album: Tricky, Tricky Meets South Rakkas Crew (Domino)

The fear, when you hear that an artist has handed last year's album over to remixers, is that they're suffering writer's block and stalling for time.

Artistry and technology combine to create 'hyper-photos'

Jean-Francoise Rauzier at the Waterhouse & Dodd Gallery

Amol Rajan: Failing and flailing with Churchill's great speech

Ever since reading Christopher Hitchens' collection of essays, 'Love, Poverty, and War', I have maintained (usually quite forcefully) that Winston Churchill did not in fact read his "We shall fight them on the beaches" speech.

Testing and assessment: We will fail him on the beaches

A computerised system is increasingly being used to mark exam papers. It's a good job Churchill wasn't being examined...

50,000 dead starfish found on Irish beach

Extreme weather conditions have killed tens of thousands of starfish and left them strewn across a sheltered beach.

Two charged over girl's death in Goa

Two men suspected of involvement in the death of the British teenager Scarlett Keeling in Goa last year have been charged.

Step into my office: Agnès Varda's new career as an installation artist

The little old lady who's lived off the Rue Daguerre since 1951? She started the French New Wave, chronicled the Black Panthers and was a pioneering feminist...And now, aged 81 she has a new career...

Rio erupts in celebration

Nearly 50,000 people erupted in celebration when Rio de Janeiro was announced host of the 2016 Olympics, jumping and cheering in a Carnival-like party on Copacabana beach.

The Beaches of Agnes (18)

This patchwork self-portrait charts the life and work of the French New Wave director Agnès Varda: it's basically "bits of memory, jumbled up", interwoven with her special fondness for the Belgian coast where she grew up.

Awesome autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peeping

It’s official: summer is over, autumn has begun. But rather than pine for beach barbeques and balmy nights, why not embrace autumn instead?

British woman raped in Thailand

A British woman was raped on the holiday island of Koh Samui, a spokeswoman for the Thai Tourist Police said today.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker