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They remain one of its most popular attractions

Farley Granger: Actor best known for his roles in Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train’ and ‘Rope’

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Rhodes reaches top 20 to keep Huddersfield's challenge on song

Huddersfield Town took another step towards automatic promotion from League One yesterday with a comfortable 3-0 win over Paul Ince's struggling Notts County.

Professor Geoffrey Bownas: Eminent scholar who pioneered Japanese studies in the UK

Geoffrey Bownas was a distinguished Japanese linguist and scholar, and a pioneering Japanologist in the UK. But he also fostered business links between the UK and Japan, and his unfailing desire over nearly 70 years to promote goodwill between the two countries was recognised first by the Japanese government, with the award of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1999, and then by Britain, with a CBE in 2003 for services to Japanese studies and Anglo-Japanese relations.

Thau Lagoon: seasoning’s greetings

The salt waters of the Thau Lagoon provide a glorious focus for the area. By Henry Palmer

Eggs - Time to get cracking

Now that we can all get our hands on delicious rare-breed and specialist eggs, let’s think beyond the breakfast table, says Anthea Gerrie

Little crackers: Shell out on delicious rare-breed and specialist eggs

The foodiest of foodie Brits will be hoping for something a little more functional than a globe of gourmet chocolate by way of an Easter egg this year. Many are looking forward to a box of real eggs, which are as sensory a flavour experience as even the finest chocolate. Not to mention a treat for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, with their rich amber yolks, pearly whites and delicate shells that recall the pastel treats our parents painstakingly painted for egg hunts.

Letter from the editor: The real life of an editor

When I meet people from outside the world of newspapers, I am struck by the difference between their version of the life of a newspaper editor and the reality.

Shipwreck threatens island's rare penguins

A wrecked ship is threatening to cause an environmental disaster on an island which is home to endangered penguins, conservationists warned yesterday.

Shipwreck threatens island penguins

A wrecked ship is threatening to cause an environmental disaster on an island which is home to endangered penguins, conservationists warned today.

Spring awakening: Rejoice in the daffodils and narcissi that are starting to bloom

How glorious this moment is in the garden, with the worst of the winter behind us (I'm not going so far as to say it's gone) and the best months still to come. Everywhere I look, the lush, almost edible shoots of forgotten plants are sticking their heads above the ground, feeling the air, wondering whether it's safe to push on. Of course plants shouldn't ever be forgotten but at this season, I'm constantly surprised by what I see. Did I really plant that erythronium there, right underneath the big box bush?

Stoke progress with comfortable win over Brighton

Stoke 3 Brighton 0

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Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss are the latest famous faces to grace the West End stage

Seagulls swoop for Championship scalp number two

Watford 0 Brighton 1

James Corrigan: In the mind games that go with fight for silverware, Fergie's silence is golden

It was only a throwaway remark but there are criminal compensation lawyers less keen than Fergie on seeking profit from unprovoked attacks

Royal Shakespeare Company puts 10,000 costumes on sale

Just as the January sales come to an end – the Royal Shakespeare Company jumps into action with its own bargain basement.

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