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Edward Burra's paintings are eccentric, varied and bleak. Adrian Hamilton celebrates this most neglected of British artists at his first retrospective in 25 years

Dangerous conditions set to greet America's Cup hopefuls

Boat threatening, even life-threatening stormy weather is in prospect for the opening weekend of the parallel circuit which is the America’s Cup World series, staging the second regatta of its 2011-12 programme in Plymouth.

De Gea: I've had a rocky start, but keep the faith

The expression David de Gea has for his prime asset is no tiemblo – "I don't panic" – and the new Manchester United goalkeeper revealed a certain sangfroid yesterday by declaring that those who have already questioned his suitability for United are quite within their rights.

De Gea: I've had rocky start but keep the faith

Manchester United's new No 1 admits criticism is justified but improvement is in his own hands

Bradley Wiggins: 'That Tour crash may end up as the biggest blessing in disguise I've had'

British cyclist's confidence is sky-high in Spain, discovers Alasdair Fotheringham

Spain take blame for brawl against Chile

Spain must share the blame for an ugly brawl that marred their friendly game against Chile on Friday and the image the team projected was regrettable, said the world champions' coach Vicente del Bosque.

Italian heritage vandal is caught

Italian police have arrested a vandal who confessed to smashing a marble statue in Rome's famed Piazza Navona and of trying to damage the nearby Trevi Fountain.

Italy deny rift following Mario Balotelli iPad incident

Italy team manager Gigi Riva has brushed aside reports that Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has fallen out with Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli.

Appetite for lower-fat ice cream feeds high-street 'gelato' boom

When is an ice cream not an ice cream? When it's a "gelato".

Williams takes the lead in World Match Race Tour

Australia’s Torvar Mirsky took the top prize without putting in a tack in anger but, just by finishing third, Britain’s Ian Williams has taken over the lead of the 2011 World Match Race Tour.

Miller feeling hard done by after two 'wrong calls' by referee

Kenny Miller believes Scotland have a legitimate grievance after two controversial decisions cost them victory against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Saturday. Scotland drew 2-2 after the Czechs were awarded a questionable penalty in the final minute, and even after that referee Kevin Blom turned down a more plausible penalty appeal after Christophe Berra went down.

Stabat Mater, By Tiziano Scarpa (trs Shaun Whiteside)

Staring death in the face...in Venice

Brief Lives, By Paul Johnson

The good, the bad, and the plain bonkers

You don't have to be as rich as Clooney to be his neighbour

Italy's Lake Como is an accessible and affordable place for a holiday home. Monica Woodley reports

ECB's Trichet says Italy must meet budget targets

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet pressed Italy today to deliver on its promises to get its strained public finances in order, saying it was essential to restore fragile market confidence.

Basketball: Champions Spain prove too strong for Britain

Great Britain put up a better fight on day three of the European Championships in Lithuania yesterday but could not produce an upset against defending champions Spain, losing 86-69.

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot