Just another Manic Street Preachers road trip

The Manic Street Preachers followed their recent creative revitalisation with their first American tour in a decade. The novelist John Niven travels with a band still hungry for new challenges

Canadian folk singer torn apart by coyotes on solo hike

Freak attack raises fears over animals that normally keep away from humans

Robert Fisk’s World: Israel should pay attention to criticism from its own people

They wouldn’t accept that the casualties of this war were disproportionate

Dom Joly: Britannia rules at Scrabble (and that's my final word)

Every year we spend part of our summer holidays with friends in their cottage on Bruce Beach on the shores of Lake Huron in Canada. Entertainment is sparse around here so, once the kids are in bed, we hunker down to some marathon games of Scrabble.

Tracks of time: The epic Canadian train journey

Passengers have to wind their watches forward three hours as they slice through prairies, forests and mountains, making the great journey from east to west. Tracey Foss settles in

Life of Pi, By Yann Martel

The wondrous story of a zookeeper's son from Pondicherry, in India, stranded at sea, half way through a shipwrecked voyage to Toronto with only a hungry Bengal Tiger for company, became a wondrous Man Booker Prize success story when it was first published in 2001.

DVD: Anvil (15)

In 1982, Anvil, a heavy metal band from Canada, released an album, Metal on Metal, that influenced the future stars of the genre: Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax among others.

Album: The Flowers of Hell, Come Hell or High Water, (Benbecula)

Composed and recorded in London, Toronto, Prague and Abilene (Texas), with the involvement of a small host of worthy musos, most of whom have form with Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, British Sea Power and Patti Smith.

Peaches reveals her vulnerable side

The charts are full of sassy young female solo stars, but Peaches was there first. With a reputation as a shocking exhibitionist, she tells Fiona Sturges she has a vulnerable side too

Billy Bob hits the wrong note in Canada

Hollywood actor-turned-musician cancels tour after 'national insult' provokes a furious reaction

Andrew Keen: The profundity of banality

"If you thought Facebook was banal, try Twitter" says arch techno-skeptic Margaret Wente. So why do we use the short-messaging network and how can we explain its meteoric growth? The Toronto Globe and Mail columnist/cultural anthropologist gives four possible critical explanations

Premier snaps up Oilexco's North Sea fields for $505m cash

Premier Oil wants to buy the North Sea assets of the troubled Canadian exploration group Oilexco for $505m (£347m) in cash.

'Security-risk' Galloway banned from Canada

The outspoken anti-war MP George Galloway has been banned from entering Canada on the grounds of national security.

Immorality really is in bad taste

Immoral behaviour really does leave a "bad taste in the mouth" by tapping into an ancient mechanism that helps us avoid poisons and disease, say scientists. Researchers who studied the facial expressions of volunteers found close similarities between their reaction to moral outrage and feelings of "disgust".

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