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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...

White Peak, Dark Peak - picture preview

Images of a "visual odyssey" by photographer Paul Hill across the Peak District between 1978 and 1990 are on show in London for the first time in 20 years.

House of Beasts: Where the wild and wonderful art things are

In the 18th-century mansion, stables and sprawling parkland of Attingham Park, in Shropshire, the former ancestral home of the Berwick family, there is a curious contemporary art exhibition.

The Peach Tree, 18-21 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Can Shrewsbury Abbey's neighbour provide a divine dining experience?

The Rain Tree, By Mirabel Osler

Mirabel Osler recently accosted her local Citizens Advice Bureau about finding a shroud. More used to dealing with tax benefits and neighbourly problems, the good woman at the CAB - after researching - shared information about Green Burials, Sea Burials, and Interment in your own Garden. Osler, worrying that the corners of cardboard shrouds might go soggy, opted instead for a felt one as the most unassuming. She thanked the volunteer thus : "At least you'll have plenty to dine out on". That paradox of wishing to efface yourself while still hoping to entertain and provoke marks her memoir too.

Warm spring brings bumper year for Britain's butterflies

British butterflies are expected in spectacular abundance this year, with more than a quarter of all species native to the isles having made their earliest recorded appearances as a result of the warmest spring for 351 years.

Review urged after youth deaths

Campaigners have called for an independent review of young offenders' institutions and secure establishments after the fifth apparent suicide of a teenager in five weeks.

Man and girl found dead at house

Police have launched an investigation after the bodies of a man and a young girl were found inside a house.

Ian Woosnam: A voice in my head said to me: 'This is your time. Step up'

The Brian Viner Interview: Twenty years after his Masters win, the Welshman recalls the heckling, the victory putt – and the reason for his garish outfit

Cuts will destroy rarest habitats in Britain, warn conservationists

Catherton Common reverberates with the distinctive song of skylarks. It boasts stunning views over the Shropshire countryside and is one of the most valuable spots for plants anywhere in Britain.

Invisible Ink: No 68 - Barbara Pym

Few careers are so easily destroyed by a fall from fashion. Some writers return to popularity, but none in such a spectacular manner as Barbara Pym, a quintessentially English novelist whose 12 miniaturist novels can now be described as both popular and timeless.

What did the Romans ever do for us (if they didn't build our roads)?

Dig unearths highway built before Emperor Claudius invaded

Johnson handed swift appointment

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Tories still lead in by-elections

The Tories took a projected voting lead in this month's council by-elections despite losing three seats.

Lib Dems gain seat from Tories

Liberal Democrats celebrated a gain in the latest council by-elections from Tories who, however, defended two other marginal seats and control of South Cambridgeshire District.

Farewell, Pete

Stars including Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Sue Johnstone and Kevin Spacey attend a memorial service for Pete Postlethwaite in London yesterday

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