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Buying an eco-home: Finally something's clicked

Many estate agents are still not up to speed on eco-homes. Donnachadh McCarthy puts two new websites to the test

Inside Britain's happiest eco-town

Never mind solar panels and protesters – one new low-carbon development is designed above all to build a sense of community. Donnachadh McCarthy finds peace and love

Pandora: Gordon's back in hot water

Labour MPs deride David Cameron's rooftop wind turbine as petty tokenism, but what of their own leader's attempts to curry favour with the green lobby? In an interview with The Times last week, Gordon Brown began flashing his environmental credentials by bragging about the solar panels at his home in Fife.

Irish becomes the 23rd official language of EU

The Irish language has been given official status in Europe, taking its place as the 23rd language of the European Union. The move yesterday received curiously little attention in the Republic of Ireland, given that the language has at times been regarded as a semi-mystical part of the national identity.

Girls of 12 may be vaccinated against sex disease

Girls as young as 12 could be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease which can cause cervical cancer, under plans being studied by the Department of Health.

I Want Your Job: Psychotherapist

'It can be distressing and solitary'

Marilyn's last day: Twenty-four hours inthe death of a legend

Was it murder or suicide? Was she desperate or full of hope? Did Robert Kennedy visit her secretly or was he miles away? Monroe would have been 80 this year. As the anniversary is marked, Liz Hoggard reconstructs her final moments from the latest theories

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

Photovoltaic technology is some way from being a commercial success. but it's made us self-sufficient

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

Renewable energy is not cranky: to take the thermal landscape for granted is bonkers

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

Oak bark sounds like the appropriate insulation for tree house, but we need something better

Diary of an Eco-Builder

Environmentally friendly innovations may be new or very, very old

Comedy: The science of stand-up

Laughter is a learning tool for the Dana Centre's punk scientists

Wireless gadgets: Motorola Bluetooth handset <br></br>Thomson WSP740U active speakers <br></br>SolarGuard Wireless Alarms <br></br>Thomson Video Sender

Out of sight, but not out of mind - wireless technologies like Bluetooth and infra-red are helping to revolutionise the way we see, hear, talk and play, says David Phelan

Sleepover: Old Leura Dairy

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Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
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What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

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Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Mark Hix's summery soups

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Tim Sherwood column

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Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

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