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Steel giant Corus wins £200m order

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Colin Ward: Writer and social theorist who espoused a gentle brand of anarchy

Colin Ward was an anarchist without a sinister cloak and fizzing bomb and without a penchant for rioting and street-fighting. His methods were his intellect, vast research, and above all words. He turned out well-written books and articles in which he argued against big government and in favour of initiatives by individuals and small communities. He was described by Paul Barker, in his 1989 review of the book Ward wrote with Ruth Rendell, Country Life Force, as a man who made "gentle attempts to educate us into a freer, kinder society."

Waste not... Britain is lagging behind other countries in renewable sources

One of the most promising solutions to the UK's mounting waste problems is under threat after the Government set the price it will pay for electricity generated from organic waste too low, green campaigners claimed yesterday.

'Vikings' invade the Shetland Islands

Werner Heubeck: German-born Northern Ireland bus manager who showed immense bravery at the height of the Troubles

Werner Wolfgang Heubeck had a truly extraordinary life which encompassed fighting for Nazi Germany in the Luftwaffe and receiving a CBE, 40 years after the end of the war, from the hands of the Queen. "Her Majesty said that I must have an interesting job," he recalled in his gruff Bavarian accent. "I told her that sometimes it got too damn interesting."

Why even the fiercest Viking warrior steered clear of Scotland

Icelandic sagas carried a warning for Norsemen

Government 'did not want Lockerbie bomber freed'

One of Gordon Brown's closest allies suggested today that the Prime Minister had not wanted the Lockerbie bomber freed.

Enjoy an indulgent break to Scotland

There are literally so many things to see and do during a break to Scotland this autumn. From sampling delicious Scottish produce in one of the many Michelin Starred restaurants, to immersing yourself in Scotland's vast array of arts and culture.

48 Hours In: Bergen

Norway's second city offers a winning combination of natural beauty and historical intrigue. And if you visit in summer, you'll have deliciously long days to enjoy the ensemble, as Simon Calder reveals

Shelved, the book that outraged the Orkneys

Publisher bins manuscript about 'repressed drunks stuck in the 1950s' after threats of legal action and MP's complaint

Riding the wave: Finisterre has become the favourite brand of discerning surfers by prioritising ethical standards over ever-changing styles

Ethics and the environment (not to mention the lure of the sea) are more pressing concerns to the team at Finisterre than any vagaries of fashion – it even sources wool from its own flock of sheep. But that hasn't slowed its advance as the most coveted surf brand around.

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