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Coach's thorough approach, including use of underwater treadmills, helped earn victory

'Fly Mo' owes his golden moment to mental strength and moving to US

Coach's thorough approach, including use of underwater treadmills, helped earn victory

My Secret Life: Chuck Palahniuk, author, 49

My parents were... timid towards the world. They passed that on, very much.

Farah in form to break Bekele's stranglehold

The considerable assets of Kenenisa Bekele have been in deep freeze since 9 January last year. At a snowbound Holyrood Park that Saturday afternoon the all-conquering Ethiopian king of distance running was reduced to a mere also-ran, finishing a shivering fourth in the 9km feature race in the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country meeting. It was only his second defeat in a cross-country race in eight years.

DVD: Meek's Cutoff, Soda (For rental & retail)

Tedium is a virtue of Kelly Reichardt's revisionist Western, a viscerally ponderous tale of 19th-century American pioneers travelling across Oregon at the speed of a creaking wagon wheel. Michelle Williams is in fine, flinty form as the piece's proto-feminist heroine, but it's the enveloping mood of paranoia and the Malickian immensity of Reichardt's camerawork that truly make this a slog to savour.

New lead in America's only unsolved hijacking

After parachuting into folklore in 1971, the hijacker known only as D B Cooper may finally be identified

Mo Farah focuses on 10,000m for Korea

Mo Farah looks set to focus solely on the 10,000 metres at the World Championships in Daegu next month.

Anglers rescued after boat capsizes in English Channel

Three anglers had to be rescued this morning after their fishing boat capsized and sank in the English Channel.

America: Head out on the highway

There are few better ways to see the cinematic expanses of America than taking a classic road trip. Chris Leadbeater maps out the best fly-drive options

Search for missing diver called off

Rescuers looking for a missing scuba diver off the south coast of England have called off their search.

Farah sidesteps the danger to smash British record in style

Somali-born runner races to a nerveless victory in the 5,000m in Monaco on a dramatic night featuring season’s-best for Usain Bolt and a bizarre punch-up

Investment Column: Great Portland builds on London demand

888 Holdings; Howden Joinery

Story of the Song: The Dandy Warhols, Bohemian Like You

A defining song of the last decade, "Bohemian Like You" is rooted in rock's paradigmatic "cars 'n' girls" format. Courtney Taylor-Taylor, the Dandy Warhols' guitarist and principal songwriter, was at his apartment window watching traffic pull up at the lights below. "

Meet the holistic guru who is helping Mo fly

Anti-gravity treadmills and recovery chambers are two innovations Alberto Salazar has used to turn British distance runner Farah into a world-beater

The jungle look: Anna Pavord is captivated by a magnificently theatrical front garden in Walthamstow

Many roads in suburban London have a similar feel about them: terraced or semi-detached villas of the late Victorian, early Edwardian kind, the front gardens too often obliterated by concrete slabs and wheelie bins. Maynard Road in Walthamstow is different. The first thing you see, turning into the street from Beulah Road, are two brick flower beds, magnificently planted with Brussels sprouts and sunflowers, red cabbage and bright yellow African marigolds, nasturtiums, lilies, tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, borage and pumpkins. The beds stood alongside half a dozen tatty garages set in a block on the right hand side, but this didn't look like council work – too eclectic. If not them, who?

Commercial tours: Sunshine, facilities ... and cash

Even Arsenal and Wenger have fallen for the long-haul lure of an Asian summer jolly, seeking to grow fan bases in a fat market
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital