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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...

Amy Oliver (left) and Alison Williamson at Lord's, the venue for the London 2012 archery

Gold is the target for 'glorified darts'

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Showman's Wagon, Shropshire

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Concrete block dropped on car

A motorist has been injured after a concrete block was dropped on his car from a bridge.

Man hurt as concrete block dropped on car

A motorist spoke today of his lucky escape after a concrete slab was dropped onto his car from a bridge.

Buy-to-let investors start to favour tenanted flats

Buy-to-let investors are increasingly targeting properties with an existing tenant who has signed up for a two or three-year rental agreement, according to LudlowThompson, a London letting agent.

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Lady Amanda Harlech: 'I really like getting my hands dirty'

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Sport: Better, faster, stronger...weirder

Christmas books of the year: From the boxer who couldn't run to the footballer who couldn't pass, these sporting books and biogs celebrate some unusual triumphs over adversity

Cold snap bites - and there's more to come

The cold snap continued to bite today with sub-zero temperatures recorded over much of the country and warnings of more to come.

Too posh to push? Chelsea has the highest caesarian rate in England

The upmarket London borough is well above the national average for the childbirth procedure

Woman rescued from mine after fit

Ambulance crews spent six and a half hours rescuing a woman who suffered an epileptic fit hundreds of feet underground in a disused mine, an ambulance service said today.

Tim Stockdale riding Fresh Direct K2 at Hickstead during the summer

Tim Stockdale: 'I have broken my neck but I still expect to compete in Olympics'

The show jumper lies in a hospital bed after a horror fall, but tells Sue Mott nothing will stop him riding in London aged 47

GP given warning over patient death

A doctor has been given a formal warning after he was cleared of intentionally hastening the death of a patient with a large dose of diamorphine.

English Defence League march banned

An English Defence League (EDL) march planned for this weekend has been banned amid fears of violence, it was disclosed today.

GP injected man to 'hasten death'

A "tired and stressed" doctor administered a dangerously high dose of diamorphine to a terminally-ill patient so he could "die in peace", a medical disciplinary panel was told.

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