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The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Lord Kingsland: Lawyer and politician who led the Tories in Europe and went on to serve as Shadow Lord Chancellor

The sadly premature death of Lord Kingsland deprives the Conservative Party of one of its most formidable operators in the House of Lords and a wise source of advice on constitutional matters. He had not always enjoyed the regard in which he was currently held by his own party. When he led the Conservative group in the European Parliament, he was thought, quite wrongly, to be mad keen on Euro-federalism and was the subject of vitriolic attacks by Lord Tebbit. He was, however, a supporter of the single currency and that was sufficient to damn him in the eyes of most Eurosceptics. In fact, he was essentially a pragmatist, moderate in his own opinions and well able to recognise the strength of alternative views to those to which he adhered.

Body of murdered antiques dealer exhumed

The body of an antiques dealer who was murdered in 1994 was exhumed today after detectives received "significant information" during a review of the case.

Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: Should I meet my husband's mistress?

Dear Virginia,

A few months ago, my husband admitted to me that he'd had an affair. Somehow – God knows how – we managed to get through it, and he promised not to see this woman again. But while he was at work the other day, she rang me up and said she wanted to meet and talk. Of course, part of me desperately wants to know what went on and see what she's like. But my husband says I should have nothing to do with her. What do you think?

Yours sincerely, Susie

Morris dancers barred over blackened faces

A troupe of morris dancers were prevented from performing at a school because they blacken their faces, they said today.

Four held over clubber's death

Four men were arrested on suspicion of murder this morning over the death of a man involved in a disturbance at a busy nightclub.

Three jailed for 'sadistic' horror film murder

Three killers were given long sentences today for "sadistically" murdering a teenager in a re-enactment of a scene from a spoof horror film

New techniques prove mammoths more recent than first thought

Woolly mammoths were roaming the Shropshire countryside thousands of years after they were thought to be extinct, research suggests.

Admire those blue remembered hills

Walk of the month: On this walk you can see the landscape that inspired Shropshire lad A E Housman, writes Mark Rowe

The Atmosphere of Heaven, By Mike Jay

Mention Beddoes and most think of the macabre Romantic poet, Thomas. He scarcely knew his father, another Thomas Beddoes, who died, aged 48, at Christmas 1808. Beddoes was six, with scant idea of the man who had also brought into existence a Pneumatic Institute in Bristol. This not only treated the ailing with compounds which evolved into laughing gas but encouraged an apprentice, Humphry Davy.

Royal Family latest to be stung by bee raiders

In normal criminal circles it wouldn't create much of a buzz, but in the world of beekeeping the theft of eight hives in Scotland represents the latest and most high profile sting on an industry beset by thefts and disease.

Stimson thinks of the cash as Gills snatch and grab

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Jackson proves to be league apart with Gills' golden goal

Gillingham 1 Shrewsbury Town 0: Kent side are promoted with winner from a striker likely to attract plenty of interest this summer

A diagnosis of the NHS – by its patients

Health service scores strongly for cleanliness but badly for mixed-sex wards, reports Jeremy Laurance

Boy crushed to death as cave roof collapses

A teenager has died after being crushed inside a cave that collapsed. Aiden Brookes was killed by a piece of falling rock at the Hermitage Caves, near Bridgnorth, in Shropshire.

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

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