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The Met Office issued an amber warning of rain for the Somerset Levels, where villages have now been dubbed ‘islands’

Tune in: British composer Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius: How a great British musical myth was born

A BBC film will shed light on the enigma of Frederick Delius

Tune in: British composer Frederick Delius

How a great British musical myth was born

German by birth and buried in France: a BBC film sheds light on the enigma of Frederick Delius. By Jessica Duchen

A protester dressed as Ali G, Sacha Baron-Cohen’s creation from Staines, complains about the ‘pointless’ change

Staines, home of Ali G, tries to go more upmarket

The late comedian Kenneth Horne, master of the double entendre, used to tell a joke about a town in London's commuter belt with a somewhat unfortunate name: "How to get rid of unsightly Staines – blow up the bridge and burn the cinema!"

Beaches fly flag for England

An increasing number of England's beaches have won Blue Flag awards this year, bringing the country into the top 10 worldwide.

Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire, England

Trending: What's the buzz about Fleet? Sex toys may provide the answer

Last year Fleet in Hampshire topped a national quality of life survey, now a new study might explain why: its residents spend more money on sex toys than anywhere else.

Hare says: 'Discontent with the world is so tied up with discontent about yourself'

Rebel with a cause looks back in anger

Left-leaning David Hare's new play is based on his days as a scholarship boy at public school. Michael Coveney meets him

Hare says: 'Discontent with the world is so tied up with discontent about yourself'

The unhappiest time of his life: David Hare on dramatising his school days

How does left-leaning playwright David Hare make a return to the stage with a play based on his days as a scholarship boy at public school? Michael Coveney asks him.

Cadet died helping colleague

A 14-year-old sea cadet fell to his death from the rigging of a training ship after he unclipped his harness to go to the assistance of another cadet, an inquest was told yesterday.

Man dies after stabbing

A man was killed during a fight that broke out in a residential street after a late-night party early yesterday morning.

Four-year-old girl joins Mensa

A four-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa after achieving a score of 159 on an IQ test.

Samit Patel has a chance to force his way into England's side as a regular

Patel hopes sheer weight of runs will nudge the selectors

Samit Patel has shown plenty of hunger in the past, and today he needs to show the England selectors he has an appetite for big runs and a desire to cut the mustard at the highest level.

Rory Hamilton-Brown in front of a painting showing previous Surrey captains at The Oval

London calling to reclaim the County title

Northern sides have ruled the roost for a decade but Surrey and Middlesex are well placed to challenge in the County Championship, which starts today

<p>1. Bowdown Woods, Berkshire</p>
<p>The one-mile path at Bowdown (which includes some sharp slopes and flatland) may be one of the shorter walks on the list, but there's still lots to amuse the entire family, including a plethora of plants and unusual butterflies.</p>
<p>Free, bbowt.org.uk/reserves/bowdown-woods</p>

The 10 Best bluebell walks

The thermometer is all over the place but spring has sprung so it's time to go in search of the season's finest flowers

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation acquired NDS in 1992

Murdoch company in pay-TV piracy scandal 'paid Surrey Police'

The News Corp subsidiary at the heart of claims it used computer hackers to crack rivals' technology made a £2,000 payment to a British police force for "assistance given to us in our work", The Independent can reveal.

Leveson Inquiry: Piers Morgan told police that celebrity and crime 'sends rules out the window'

Piers Morgan admitted to police that the combination of celebrity and crime “sends most of the usual rules out of the window”, the Leveson Inquiry into press standards heard today.

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