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Fires Of Love, "Remember Me My Deir" (Delphian)

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Draw away to create a home victory

Snaps of the children or holiday keepsakes needn't be forgotten in albums or laptops, there are new ways to display your precious photos

Elvis swims next to the lawnmower he dragged into his pool at the Australian Reptile Park

Cut! Elvis the testosterone croc silences the mower

Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are notoriously fond of human flesh. But yesterday it was a lawnmower that took the fancy of Elvis, a 16-foot croc living in a reptile park north of Sydney.

Police clash with souvenir sellers under Eiffel Tower

They are a familiar sight to visitors to the Eiffel Tower: souvenir sellers hawking knick-knacks ranging from plastic models of the famous structure to hats that double as umbrellas. But the police are not impressed, and following clashes with the vendors at the weekend, have vowed to crack down.

UK soldier 'collected Taliban body parts'

The Ministry of Defence is investigating claims that a British soldier kept body parts of dead Taliban fighters as "souvenirs".

In The Red: I was doing so well until Pisa airport departures...

Remember last week? My eating my own words? Well I'd like to vomit them back up, please. Or re-eat them. Because I was wrong. Wrong about being wrong. Which makes me – possibly for the first time – right. You can do Italy on the cheap! Careful planning and preparation really will save you money – and the past week is evidence.

Voices from the Midwest: 'A wall fell on me. I think it saved me'

Residents of Joplin, Missouri, tell David Usborne how they survived last week's 198mph tornado

Tea on the terrace at the Commons? MPs do their bit for struggling economy

The trials of Charles I, Sir Thomas More and Guy Fawkes took place there, and King Henry VIII is reputed to have honed his tennis skills in its wide open spaces. Now Westminster Hall, the only surviving medieval remnant of the Houses of Parliament, is to be transformed into a venue for hire at £25,000 a night.

New figures fail to lift gloom for retailers

Figures showing slightly better-than-expected sales in the run-up to Easter failed to lift the gloom for downbeat retailers today.

Westminster Abbey, By Richard Jenkyns

For anyone who hasn't heard enough about "the most complex church in the world" in past days, Profile has re-issued this introduction, surely the most worthwhile of wedding souvenirs.

Leading article: Country for hire

One might have assumed that renting an entire country would be the most extortionate of transactions. But the Principality of Liechtenstein is allegedly available for a remarkably reasonable £40,000 a night.

Hate: A Romance, By Tristan Garcia, trans. Marion Duvert & Lorin Stein

Winner of the 2008 Prix de Flore, Hate announced the novelistic arrival in France of young philosopher Tristan Garcia, then aged 27. Except that it didn't, strictly speaking, do any such thing. The original title of Garcia's novel was La meillure part des hommes, or the best part of men. Figuring out the gulf in suggestiveness between these two is only the beginning, however. While there are things to admire in Hate, this reader found much more to question.

Crawley leave Old Trafford with souvenirs but no prized scalp

Manchester United 1 Crawley 0

Dom Joly: LA is like the Cotswolds, but with better facelifts

I'm off to Los Angeles for a week. It's for work, but as it's my wife's birthday, I am taking her with me for a treat. I want to give her the full LA treatment, as it will be the first time she's been to California, despite having been born in the United States. The problem is, when I come to think of it, what is the "full LA treatment?"

Climber fell 1,000 feet off mountain – then walked away

Man who plummeted off Scottish peak suffered only bruises after he 'landed on his feet'
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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'