Sport Nadine Angerer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

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Green house effect: You don't have to compromise on design when opting for an eco-friendly home

As soaring fuel bills force homebuyers to act green, many movers are opting for the lower running costs of a new-build property which, on average, are six times more energy-efficient than older homes. The message coming through is that you do not have to compromise on comfort, style and luxury, or even pay a premium, for a low-energy new home that offers a better, cheaper lifestyle.

American academic wins bad prose award

It may not be Shakespeare but that was never the idea. A sentence which compares forgotten memories to the bloodied corpses of sparrows has won a prize for intentionally bad literature. The 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, for which writers are invited to compose the worst opening sentence to an imaginary novel, was won by Sue Fondrie, a University of Wisconsin Professor. She wrote: "Cheryl's mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell on to a growing pile of forgotten memories." The award's wesbite said that, at 26 words, the submission was the shortest winner in Contest history.

Terrible prose wins literary prize

A sentence in which tiny birds and the English language are both slaughtered has taken top honours in an annual bad writing contest.

Jet engines boost GE's earnings

General Electric notched a better-than-expected 22 per cent rise in earnings, helped by strong demand for jet engines as well as equipment used in oil and natural gas production.

Community spirit harnesses water power to save energy

‘Think local, act global’ river scheme will protect 55 homes

Letters: Wind-Farms

For and against wind-farms

Chris Huhne to unveil turbine drive

More than 2,500 wind turbines will be installed around the coast over the next nine years under plans to be set out today by the Government.

Half of planned wind farms blown away by force of local protests

Almost half of the wind farms planned for the UK countryside are rejected before they can get off the drawing board, new figures show.

£62m ends Qantas engine scare case

Australia's flagship carrier said today it had reached a 95 million Australian dollar (£62m) settlement with Rolls-Royce over the mid-air disintegration of a superjumbo engine, which temporarily forced Qantas' entire fleet of A380s to be grounded.

Fogle's £1.5m bid for Scottish island that made him a star runs aground

Castaway turned television presenter Ben Fogle said he was "bitterly disappointed and sad" yesterday after failing to buy the remote Scottish island which catapulted him to fame.

Michael Clark Company, Tate Modern, London

Michael Clark's new work for Tate Modern starts after sunset, with twilight visible through the skylights of the Turbine Hall. The piece builds on last year's residency at the gallery, when Clark worked with public volunteers in weekly workshops. A large volunteer cast move in blocks, set against the taut precision of Clark's own dancers, who strut and stalk with serene cool.

The night I danced for Michael Clark

Tonight ballet's enfant terrible returns to Tate Modern's Turbine Hall with a new work. Laura McLean-Ferris can't wait

The real danger to air passengers is not the ash cloud – it's these men

Willie Walsh and Michael O'Leary have spent the week arguing it is safe to fly. They are wrong

Neville the Red Devil who became a green saint

You won't catch Gary Neville in a Hummer. Ian Herbert meets the ex-footballer saying no to bling and yes to a Prius, an eco-home and – hopefully – an environmental empire

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