American who recorded plight of children in Romanian orphanages is shot dead after dispute over pruning of trees
The Queen has been force to cancel her appearance at a major service celebrating the Commonwealth as she is continuing to recover from her recent bout of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace said today.
Why do we praise entrepreneurs and not CEOs? Plus, two cheers for the equities boom
Boss of internet giant bans working from home - weeks after she built childcare facilities in her own office
There has been no shortage this year of nauseating figures in public life
Sailing's governing body reverses decision to replace windsurfing after international outcry
Our diarist on the pickle in which Mensch's departure has left the Corby Tories, why jokes fall flat in Westminster, and a novel case of parliamentary expenses
Sanchez Manning on locals who want Quintessentially to pipe down
The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Health should be a warning for all; we must learn from our former mistakes before privatising our national institution.
It was only after 23 miles and 384 yards that the tears finally came. For more than a fortnight Claire Lomas had done a remarkable job of keeping it together, singularly focused on her goal of reaching the finishing line of the London marathon. But as she took her final step this afternoon, backed by the cheers of hundreds of supporters and a remarkable piece of engineering, there seemed little need to hold her emotions back any longer.
None of us is exactly alike in our behaviour – fortunately; but generalisations can certainly be made about human reaction to both good and bad luck. Generalisation one is that we are greatly cast down by a sudden adverse change in our circumstances, but then gradually get used to the new arrangement, and eventually become as happy (or unhappy) as we were beforehand. Generalisation two is that the anger we feel at someone taking something from us tends to be a more powerful sentiment than the gratitude we feel towards someone bestowing a favour on us (the first we feel is undeserved, the second we take as our due).
Russell Brand stole the show as American and British comics vied for laughs in New York
Illness kept him from his party, but the physicist still gave a moving talk about his life. Steve Connor reports
Yesterday we brought you some of the key parties and events from the UK this year, today here are some of big events of the celebrity world in 2011.
'Staying on Necker Island I really felt like James Bond'
It is a bright Saturday afternoon in London – so unexpectedly warm that one might even be moved to describe it as being a summer's day – and the shoppers are out in force along Kensington High Street.