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Judging by the national mood, I would urge David Cameron to go to the polls now; the mood is good out there

Buyers alert as Brighton pier goes on sale

One of Britain's most famous seaside attractions, Brighton Pier, has been put up for sale. Its owner, Noble Group, has not revealed a guide price for the Grade II-listed landmark but GVA Humberts Leisure, handling its sale, said "strong interest" from potential buyers has already been generated.

After 25 years, beach bum told to wave goodbye to seaside home

'Dave the Drift' faces eviction after Exmoor National Park lays claim to brick-kiln house

House prices come under pressure as demand falls in May

Demand for housing fell in May for the first time in three months putting downward pressure on house prices once again, according to the latest survey of estate agents by Hometrack.

Von Trier stirs up controversy with Nazi claim

The Danish director Lars Von Trier, whose films have seen characters mock the handicapped and mutilate each other, has surpassed his own strong record for controversy by jokingly claiming to be a Nazi and expressing his desire to direct hard-core pornography.

Perfect Lives, By Polly Samson

The title of this short-story collection is of course, ironic. These sensitive studies of women with cheating husbands, babies who adore their babysitters, sensitive piano-tuners, unloving mothers wracked with guilt, are really about the secret disappointments and quiet tragedies that behind the façade of the "perfect life".

A day out in Tourkey, anyone?

Britons may be heading for the coast in their thousands this weekend but many cannot spell the names of some of our most famous seaside resorts.

Poole's millionaires fail to save town from recession

Life in Poole is not all about the millionaires' mansions of Sandbanks and the luxury yachts that line the marina, it seems, with the Dorset coastal town faring worse for business closures than anywhere else in Britain.

Woman shot in laundrette named

A woman shot in a laundrette in a seaside town was named by police today as Marion Millican.

Caught in the Net: Emmy's funding makes the Great

For a while now bands have been cutting out the middle-man to use fan investment to finance their music through sites such as pledgemusic.com and kickstarter.com. A recent example is indie-folk artist Emmy the Great, who started raising funds for her second album a few months ago at pledgemusic.com/emmythe great.

Man held over armed seaside siege

A man who barricaded himself inside a property in Bournemouth, sparking a 10-hour armed police stand-off, has been arrested by police.

Visual enchantment, magic and fairytales

Be transported into a world of magic, fairytales and lost childhood at a new exhibition which opens in Bath next week.

Julie Burchill: Living by the seaside is like having all your Christmases come at once

When I was a kid growing up in Bristol, we would go on day-trips to the nearby seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare. It was popularly known as Weston-Super-Mud, as the "sea" (the Bristol Channel) was always miles away, and we would have to trek for what seemed like days across the soggy sand in order to paddle. The donkeys were depressed (no cracks – I was a veritable sylph back then) and there often seemed to be more water falling from the sky than there was in the alleged "sea". Nevertheless, I loved Weston, and as a somewhat unbearable brat, it struck me as a complete and utter outrage that I had to go home at night while less intelligent children than I actually lived there! I remember many a silent train trip back to Bristol shooting my poor parents evils, unable to forgive them for the deadly sin of living in a landlocked city.

Drugs warning after men found dead

Police were today warning of the dangers of taking illegal drugs after the bodies of two men were found at a flat in a seaside town.

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

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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!

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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

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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'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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