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

Baseball: Sosa stays with the pace

SAMMY SOSA is matching Mark McGwire home run for home run in grand slammin' style as the contest that is holding America spellbound shows no sign of letting up.

Private Lives: Big boys can cry... but only sometimes

Any time a man breaks down in tears he breaks an age-old social taboo. But the rules behind the crying game are changing. By Dave Hill

Historic mould yields pounds 8,050

A SMALL piece of mould that changed the face of medicine was sold yesterday for pounds 8,050 at auction.

Nipper memorabilia going for a hit song

The image of Nipper, the HMV dog, in front of a gramophone is familiar to several generations, and the canine music fan is very collectable, as John Windsor discovers

A day afloat in Waterland

The Bronze Age settlement in Flag Fen lives again.

Tennis: Wimbledon - Perfect souvenir from a day in SW19

Court circular

What men and women do best

For years, women have insisted that anything men can do, they can do better. Now new research into the workings of the brain reveals that the sexes are simply differently hardwired. Men, it seems, are strong on spatial and mechanical skills (ie building treehouse) and women are good at domesticity and childcare (ie keeping treehouse). It's all rather troubling. Hester Lacey reports

Dream scape

The Hansel Gretel Machine

Royal albums: The Prince of Wales's Private Souvenir: 1914 - The divide d loyalties of a young officer

"Your country needs you," was the recruitment message on the poster of the Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener. His private message to the Prince of Wales was somewhat different.

Royal albums: The Prince of Wales's Private Souvenir 1912-14: The poignant record of a vanished age

The albums are unique, says the historian Michael Bloch

Penguin proves to be souvenir too far

A Japanese tourist has been charged with trying to abduct a rare penguin and for disturbing the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony, on the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand.

After Mandela: Winnie bows out of race for deputy leader

Outside the ANC hall yesterday morning the souvenir plate seller, peddling the faces of ANC party heroes like President Nelson Mandela and Chris Hani, said it was the Mother of the Nation, the president's ex-wife, who was the customers' favourite.

Commons souvenir that comes with a government health warning

The Government has faced heavy flak for seeming to have softened its stance on the issue of tobacco sponsorship. But it should be grateful that critics failed to notice the smoke signals closer to home.

Souvenirs of empire lure Chinese buyers

Most remnants of the colonial era have been sold off by the Hong Kong government. But one last big house-clearing auction is still under way, and the large crowds show many still hanker for even the smallest scraps of an era that ended just five months ago.

Football: Unwanted souvenirs for Irish youngsters

The Republic of Ireland's battered Under-21 squad have collected another unwanted souvenir from their exhausting European Championship double-header through two time zones via Iceland and Lithuania.
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...