Voices Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

Driver was 'killed instantly when his car was struck by speeding ambulance'

An inquest in Brighton said that Gary Tucker suffered severe head injuries after turning right across the path of the oncoming emergency services vehicle

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines

United Airlines sells 'free' $0 tickets on their website

Customers wait to find out if the airline will honour the purchased tickets after a glitch on their site

A Thai Airways passenger plane takes off over a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Airways blacks out logo after skidding off runway: How to turn an accident into a PR disaster

Decision to protect the brand of the airline has done precisely the opposite

Gordon Cutting from Oxford with his trophy for Bus Driver of the Year 2013

Meet Britain's double decker champion: Bus Driver of the Year Gordon Cutting

More than 100 drivers converged on Blackpool to battle for the right to be called double-decker champion, Jonathan Brown hops aboard

'It is truly miraculous no one was killed': 130 vehicles, 200 hurt, a nine-hour delay - the mother of all rush-hour pile-ups at Kent's Sheppey Crossing

It was “truly miraculous” that a series of accidents involving some 130 cars on a fog-shrouded bridge did not result in deaths, police said today.

Ryanair is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

Low-cost airline Ryanair goes into a steep dive after shock profits warning

Firm is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

‘Millipedes on line’ cause train crash in Perth

Millipedes may have caused a train to run into the back of a stationary train in Perth  after hundreds of them were found squashed in a slippery mess on the track.

Book reivew: The Horologicon, By Mark Forsyth

Ahoy! A word lover's guide to English archaisms
Cricklewood's mobile town square will visit five unloved parts of the London suburb

Road safety revealed: Thousands of children injured in crashes near schools

Research shows more than half a million vehicle collisions on roads around schools in UK from 2006 to 2011, resulting in more than 85,000 child casualties

Album review: Bob Dylan, Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (Columbia)

While the Bootleg Series cupboard appears as well-stocked as ever, the value of outtakes from a notoriously weak album (Self Portrait) is debatable, though there are gems among the oddments.

Silk Road owner claims the site is worth '10 figures, maybe 11'

Dread Pirate Roberts, the owner of notorious black market drug marketplace, the Silk Road, has said that he wouldn’t sell his website for “less than 10 figures, maybe 11.”

Malaysia death toll rises: 37 killed as bus plunges into ravine

Accident occurred near popular tourist resort

HMP Bronzefield as the prison has been criticised for holding a female inmate in segregation in a

'Cruel, inhumane and degrading': Female prisoner kept segregated in 'squalid' cell for five years

Inspector discovered case during unannounced visit to HMP Bronzefield in Surrey

Manchester robbery: Pensioner, 87, dies in hospital after being beaten in his home

Frank Worsley was woken up by an intruder who broke into his house

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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