Briton dies in Alps ski accident

A British man has died in a skiing accident in the French Alps.

Paul Vallely: There's more than one way to kick a tramp

We shake our heads at the apparent callousness of those who passed a sick man in the snow, but are we any better?

UK aid worker was killed by US grenade

British aid worker Linda Norgrove was killed by a grenade thrown by US forces during a rescue attempt in Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary said today.

Fezeka's Voice (PG)

You'd have to be quite flint-hearted not to be touched by the energy and commitment of Phumi Tsewu, choirmaster at Fezeka High School in Gugulethu, South Africa.

Lord Acton: Hereditary peer who was instrumental in ending the inherited right to vote in the House of Lords

Although a hereditary peer, Richard Acton was one of the prime movers of Lords reform that in 1999 led to the end of the inherited right to vote in the Upper House.

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That's a fine Figaro of a man. But Rossini's not at home to Jane Austen

Workforce still struggles to match Arc expectations

Connections of Workforce have long reserved the right to keep prevaricating until this morning. All being well, however, it has generally been assumed that the Derby winner would ultimately take his chance in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. Then, yesterday, Betfair punters suddenly allowed a colt quoted as short as 5-1 by bookmakers to trade at 14-1.

William Golding, By John Carey

Golding may have been pursued by demons in life, ranging from alcoholism to a devastating loss of confidence when his leisure boat was sunk by a freighter, but he struck lucky post-mortem.

Moore finally returns but Hughes is still the main threat to Hanagan

A pleasant destination on any pretext, Salisbury today compounds its usual charms with some interesting sport and the first public sighting of the champion jockey in over three weeks.

Tall tales: Meet the storytellers spinning edgy new yarns for the digital age

Spinning a good yarn is the most ancient of entertainments &ndash; but thanks to the iPod generation, it's getting a new lease of life

Stoute thinks of Workforce in wake of Harbinger blow

Sir Michael Stoute remains top of the trainers' table but this week must feel like the nadir of his season. On Saturday his blossoming champion, Harbinger, broke down in the course of what should have been a perfectly innocuous workout. Then, on Monday, his stable jockey had a fall at Windsor and suffered a wrist injury that yesterday remained ominously vague in extent. Ryan Moore has given up all his rides until Friday at the earliest and may lose critical ground in his pursuit of Paul Hanagan in defence of his own title.

Final farewell for murdered family

Hundreds of mourners turned out today to say their farewells at the funeral of a mother and her two daughters who were found murdered in their home.

Family of canoe death teenager pay tribute

The family of a teenager who died when his canoe overturned in the Lake District paid tribute to him today, saying he "brought joy" to many people.

The Sketch: Oiling the wheels of our select committees

The Speaker had them all in fits with his intro. He had to slow down and pad out what he was saying with extra long words in order to finish speaking dead on the chime of Big Ben. It was Just A Minute with Nicholas Parsons, the place was roaring with laughter: good old John, no repetition or deviation from him!

Police seek man after mosque break-in

A raider took off his shoes in a mosque before he broke into an office inside and stole a large amount of cash, police said today.

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