The Belgian frigate has transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of WWI battlefields in Flanders to London for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks.

London set to welcome the Olympics with a green revolution

Everything from Tower Bridge to the London bus will be given an eco makeover in time for 2012

There's a moose, spruce, and maybe some mousse

With a woven moose and Norwegian flag, a German hairdresser has won the title for the world's best beard.

Hillsborough group condemn standing proposals

Proposals to bring back standing areas at football grounds have been blasted by the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG).

The way we were: 100 years of the British census

A century ago, the first truly modern census pried into domestic life. As questionnaire time rolls around, Clare Dwyer Hogg explores how the face of the British household has changed

Britain's rivers come back to life

Wildlife flourishing as pollution is reversed, report reveals

Kate Simon: Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

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Female crew celebrates non-stop row round Britain

A weary crew of female seafarers were today celebrating on land after becoming the first women to row non-stop around the coast of Britain.

London: Another Country? Radio 4

When a listener is tired of the London season, he is tired of radio

Cable car crossing proposed for Thames

Plans for a new £25 million River Thames crossing using a cable car system were unveiled today by Transport for London (TfL).

MacLeod wins top Guild Award again

The Independent's food critic Tracey MacLeod has been voted Restaurant Reviewer of the Year at the coveted Guild of Food Writers Awards, for her work in The Independent Magazine.

Minor British Institutions: The Kitemark

We all take the British Standards Institution's Kitemark for granted, but it was a revolutionary development. The idea of appending an unmistakable brand of quality assurance to goods and services dates back to 1903, when the clever rearrangement of the letters BSM – British Standard Mark – was devised, a small landmark in the development of a modern industrial society.

Final portraits of Henry Allingham and Harry Patch to be sold for charity

Dan Llywelyn Hall’s ‘From Armistice to Afghanistan’, a display of 25 drawings and paintings of both current and former service men and women including the final portraits of the last two WW1 veterans, Henry Allingham and Harry Patch, is to open tomorrow in London.

Six hurt as Tower Bridge lift drops

London's Tower Bridge was closed to traffic today after six people were injured in a lift in the Victorian structure's north tower.

View from New Zealand: Henry at ease after season of redemption

As his jaded players go their separate ways while nursing post rugby Grand Slam-winning hangovers, All Blacks head coach Graham Henry happily heads home immune to one headache - adverse public reaction when he arrives in Auckland.

Steep learning curve leads to sound beating

Lack of flexibility in selection and poor judgement are wasting Johnson's quality time
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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

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Welcome to the world of Megagames

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Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

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