Life and Style A study by UK Active has found that Manchester is Britain's laziest town

Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

A view of the Olympic Stadium at night

Opening ceremony rehearsal gives glimpse of the Olympic Games: chaos on trains

One of London's main Olympic transport routes failed its first major test ahead of the Games yesterday when tens of thousands faced severe delays as they journeyed to the Olympic Stadium to watch a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony.

Severe delays affect key Olympic transport routes

Passengers travelling on key Olympic routes endured delays today as a series of problems hit Tube and light railway systems in London.

The Beatles (left to right, Paul, George, Ringo and John) in a still from their 1964 film 'A Hard Day's Night', directed by Richard Lester

Twickenham Studios saved by new owners

The studios where the Beatles filmed Help and A Hard Day's Night have been saved for film-making after new owners took over.

Sarries' new home in sight

Saracens have announced that the first game at their new home ground in Barnet next season will be a Premiership match against Exeter on 16 February.

Unshakeable integrity: Laurie Rimmer

Laurie Rimmer: Headmaster and rugby international

An outstanding sportsman and a charismatic schoolmaster, Laurie Rimmer made his mark in the educational world during 18 exciting years as Headmaster of Framlingham College. There as elsewhere, the breadth of his intellect and the warmth of his personality made him an inspirational guide for countless generations of aspiring young students.

Ex-Mirror man held in corrupt payment probe

A prison officer and a former Mirror journalist were arrested today in connection with the police probe into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

Anderson reunited with Purtill as Giants expand

Huddersfield have assembled an all-British coaching team for when Australian Nathan Brown leaves at the end of the season.

Manu Tuilagi 'tips' Danny Care in the Premiership final

Manu Tuilagi cited for 'tip tackle' on Danny Care during Premiership final

Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi could miss England's tour of South Africa after being cited following an incident during the Aviva Premiership final two days ago.

'The Sage of Twickenham': Vince Cable

The 'socialist' insult that turned into a compliment

When Adrian Beecroft denounced Vince Cable as a "socialist" yesterday, the reaction – for many – may have been: "Is he? Oh. Good."

Power Point: Sean O'Brien celebrates after scoring the first of Leinster's five tries against Ulster at Twickenham

O'Driscoll heralds a Leinster 'dynasty' as cup final records fall

Leinster 42 Ulster 14: Irish province win their third Heineken Cup final in four years by blowing away battling Ulster with five-try display of power, pace and precision

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has once again used his Twitter
account to express his feelings

IRB rejects claim that it banned Samoan centre

Samoa may be a small rugby nation, but it makes an awful lot of noise – especially when the brilliant centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu is in the thick of things.

Leicester prop Dan Cole is enjoying a purple patch

Weekend preview: Flood, form and Cole fire favour red-hot Tigers

With or without Venter's support on the sidelines, Saracens will find their title hard to hold on to

Saracens captain Steve Borthwick

History on Saracens' side ahead of Premiership play-offs

Saracens will face one of the toughest tasks in English rugby tomorrow - but recent history suggests it is not one they should fear.

Third Majorca hotel fall death as 23-year-old woman plunges from balcony

A British tourist has died after reportedly falling from a hotel balcony in Majorca - the third Briton to die on the Spanish island in less than a month.

Bakers demonstrate in front of Downing Street against the Government's proposed decision to impose a 'pasty tax'

Bakers protest against 'pasty tax' at Downing Street

Cornish pasty makers have turned out in force outside Downing Street, braving torrential downpours to deliver a petition from half a million people opposing the controversial "pasty tax".

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there