For do-gooders the world over it's a familiar problem. How do you make charity, or in this case corporate responsibility, appeal to a wide audience with a short attention span?

The great animal rights betrayal

Government scraps protection for hens, game birds, pigs, cows, sheep – and circus animals

Why the cat that gets the cream is smarter than we thought it was

A cat's tongue performs the equivalent of complex mathematical calculations to keep two opposing forces in perfect equilibrium when it laps up milk from a bowl, a study has found.

One Minute With: Mrs Stephen Fry, Diarist

Where are you now and what can you see? I'm sipping a cup of Colombian full strength in the Cuppa Cabana, dear. I can see a bustling high street, a hissing cappuccino machine and a polar bear in a Laura Ashley frock. I'd better stick to half strength in future.

Wasps crushed as 'awesome' Lawes enhances his reputation

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Leading article: Distress and suffering at the zoo

It is now almost two decades since a surge in public support and visitors saw London Zoo escape the threat of closure.

Warring tigers, escaping birds, marauding snakes: it's chaos at London Zoo

Inspectors identify catalogue of problems as funding gap bites

Miss Shirley Bassey, By John L Williams

Born above a brothel in a rough sea port, a tenth child of mixed-race parentage, she should have had no future beyond the streets or factories. But Shirley Bassey has shown that even a triply underprivileged black Welsh woman could make it to the giddy heights of showbiz. This is the story that John Williams tells in this fascinating book: the way in which she negotiated herself into another world.

Celtic Manor Diary: Fans take aim to taunt the Tiger on Blue Monday

So the organisers did laugh last and, perhaps, laugh loudest. While they were pilloried in some quarters for daring to stage a golf event in a Welsh valley in October (it wasn't their fault – blame the Americans) they also came under attack for not allowing Friday ticket holders access yesterday.

Dom Joly: Forget Delhi belly, but watch out for snakes and tigers in the athletes' village

Weird World of Sport: 'I'm on the fourth floor of Block B and there is what I think is a large tiger walking up and down the balcony outside our rooms'

James Lawton: Westwood approaching golfing summit after leaving Tiger toothless

Here, Westwood has looked a golfer apart, more assured than the other big names

Travel Agenda: Cider Route train; International Tiger Day; Dorchester Collection's new hotel; Jet2

Today: The first Cider Route train sets off in Asturias, northern Spain. Passengers will be able to sample regional cuisine and visit a cider museum, a monastery and nature reserve. Further planned departure dates include 2 and 3 October ( trenesturisticosdelnorte.com).

BBC cameras capture rare glimpse of mountain tigers

A British film crew has recorded rare footage of tigers high in the mountains of Bhutan, giving hope to conservationists who plan to link Asia's shrinking populations of the big cats.

Tiger conservation 'should prioritise key sites'

Efforts to rescue the tiger from the brink of extinction should focus on protecting populations of the big cat in a few key sites, researchers urged today.

Mortal combat: Can India's tigers win the fight for survival?

One of the world's most magnificent creatures is on the brink of being wiped out entirely – and India is locked in a complicated battle to save it

Dickson leaves England calling card as Tigers receive mauling

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own