Punxsutawney Phil, rubbish weather forecaster

Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrated groundhog, was taken out of his burrow this weekend to reveal that spring would come early this year. Good news for those Americans who have suffered from the extremes of weather of late, but things look less good for those who prefer a more scientific approach.

Reflections on a journey

A road trip along the shore of Lake Michigan reveals a world of beauty, says Chris Leadbeater

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One hell of an Austrian postmark

It was a Fucking nightmare for the 104 residents of the unfortunately-named hamlet in Austria. Fuckingers, as they are called in Fucking, whose name is apparently derived from Focko, an old Bavarian nobleman, were told yesterday they could not switch to Fugging to avoid ridicule and the theft of road signs (a dozen have been pinched).

Relief for Romney as Santorum finally bows out

Rick Santorum, the standard bearer of the social conservatives, yesterday effectively pulled out of the Republican presidential race, making certain what has long been obvious: that Mitt Romney will be the party's nominee to face Barack Obama in November.