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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

Surfers celebrate 50 years of riding the waves as Britain basks in hottest weekend of the year

Britain is enjoying its sunniest and warmest weekend of the year. And not before time. In three weeks' time, the nights start drawing in again.

10 ways to avoid a bank holiday nightmare

Tomorrow, millions will be up for fun, sun and relaxation. But danger is lurking everywhere. Emily Dugan reports

Loan Ranger Adam brings down Preston

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Five chic seaside rentals

Get the most from Britain's coast at one of these sophisticated waterside retreats.

Katy Guest: Young enough to have a ball, old enough to know how

32 is the perfect age. But is time running out?

Mackay turns the tide as Fleetwood go down fighting

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Two bodies found in Bournemouth bungalow

The bodies of two elderly people have been found at an address in a seaside town, police said today.

Me and Kaminski, By Daniel Kehlmann, trans. Carol Brown Janeway

A ghost in the gallery

Truck driver charged with killing family

A Portuguese HGV driver was charged today with six counts of death by dangerous driving after a family were killed on the M6.

Buy beside the seaside

Despite a rocky market, coastal properties are more popular than ever. Graham Norwood reports on a waterfront project that's making waves

Fire sweeps another seaside pier

Firefighters have been called to tackle a "serious" blaze on Fleetwood pier, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Murder of Qatari student exposes the race hatred rife in Hastings

To a young, ambitious and well-educated boy from a wealthy Middle Eastern family, the historic English seaside town of Hastings would seem an ideal place to spend six weeks learning English and about Britain.

Butlins booms in lean times

Butlins, whose holiday camps were gently lampooned in the 1980s television sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, have made a comeback as cash-strapped Britons decide to forego the usual holiday abroad. About 150,000 "campers" are heading for the seaside for a week or two – a 15 per cent increase on last year – to be kept amused by the legendary Butlins Redcoats.

Seaside Suffolk mobilises for 'Operation Sort Gordon's Head Out'

"Something on your mind? You need a brainwash!" offers one of the machines at Southwold beach's 'Under the Pier' show. After a particularly fraught week and amid mounting talk of his defenestration, Gordon Brown might just be tempted to put a coin in the slot of the olde worlde amusement arcade device.

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