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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'

It is one of the oldest pursuits and Team GB have a real veteran to help young sharpshooter

Showman's Wagon, Shropshire

The Big Six: Wildwagons

Showman's Wagon, Shropshire

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.

Harlech says: 'People think of me as a stereotype: muse, privileged, decorative'

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

Easy to say from a dressing-up suite at the Paris Ritz – but fashion's first lady is no pampered muse, as Chanel's new couture collections are set to prove.

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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor