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When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.

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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is to offer extra-wide seats to cater for super-sized passengers in an effort to match “trends in demographics.”

Jesus 'Chuy' Silva Jr: Bodyboarding champion

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Jesus “Chuy” Silva Jr was one of the top riders on the world professional bodyboarding tour, representing not only himself but his native Mexico. He helped popularise the sport – once better-known as boogie-boarding – around the world, and not least in his home town of Puerto Escondido on Mexico's Pacific coast.

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Sam Edgerley scored the match-winning try

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England produced a stunning comeback to beat a remarkable Kenyan side 24-19 in sudden-death extra-time in Wellington to secure their first tournament victory of this season's HSBC Sevens World Series.

Northampton lock Samu Manoa charges through the Castres defence at Franklin’s Gardens last night

Toothless Northampton sneak home against Castres thanks to Ryan Lamb but miss bonus point

Northampton 18 Castres 12: Saints have to hope and pray for half a dozen results to go their way next week

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Fiscal cliff crisis forces Obama to abandon Hawaii trip

With only days to go before the US goes over the “fiscal cliff”, President Obama cut short his Christmas break in Hawaii to arrive back in Washington DC in a last-ditch attempt to hammer out an alternative to the more than $600bn in looming spending cuts and tax rises.

Obama takes an island break from the pressures of office

With Washington struggling to come to an agreement on the "fiscal cliff", President Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii at the weekend for a Christmas break with his family.

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Wales on the ropes and eager to avoid seventh defeat on bounce

Gatland plays down effect on World Cup hopes should his side lose to Australia

Robinson under pressure after Tonga defeat

Scotland 15 Tonga 21

Album: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, The Jazz Age (BMG)

As reinventions go, this is unexpected: Roxy Music's futurist pop re-recorded as Dixieland jazz instrumentals by Bryan Ferry himself.

Alun Wyn Jones will miss the rest of the autumn series with a shoulder injury

Jones and Turnbull ruled out for Wales

Wales were still suffering yesterday from the damage caused in their opening autumn series encounter against Argentina in Cardiff. Three days on from the blow of the 26-12 defeat inflicted by Santiago Phelan's Pumas, the 2012 Six Nations Grand Slammers were hit by the withdrawal of lock Alun Wyn Jones and flanker Josh Turnbull from their three remaining fixtures at the Millennium Stadium: against Samoa on Friday, the All Blacks on 24 November and Australia on 1 December.

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2015 rugby showpiece risks being devalued by incentives offered to Pacific Islanders to ignore countries' call

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