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Seabird blinds its rescuer

A man has been left partially blind after a seabird he was trying to rescue pecked his eyeball out of its socket.

The Business On: Mike Farley, chief executive, Persimmon

Gosh, who would want to be a housebuilder just now?

Revolting! Jamie wins battle of Los Angeles

Schools ban junk foods after chef's TV campaign

The bird that may explain why people are unfaithful

It may not work for Ryan Giggs but as a get-out clause for philandering finches it is just about perfect: I can't help cheating, it's in my genes.

Leading article: Birds do it

You can blame your Grandad. If you are caught in a moment of sexual infidelity it may be down to your genes. German scientists working with zebra finches have discovered that this normally faithful species has aberrant individuals who like to stray.

Filter failure: Too much information?

Thousands of TV channels. Millions of web pages. We're drowning in the stream of data that surrounds us. We shouldn't try to stem the flood – just to filter it, argues Rhodri Marsden

Dom Joly: Vitamin highs, turkey lows, and a nice, cool Bellini

My UK tour rolls on (19 down, 51 to go) and I'm seriously starting to flag. A two-hour show every night really takes it out of you. The highs and lows of adrenaline leave me on my knees so I have been experimenting with (so far) legal products to assist my energy levels on stage.

The Last Word: One word sums up the FA – weak

Incompetence is coming home as bungling officials keep making gaffes. Reform at the top is the only way forward

Dry spell 'sees birds short of mud'

Wildlife charity the RSPB is urging the public to provide fresh dollops of mud in their gardens to help birds struggling to build nests in the dry spell.

Warm dry spell bad for foraging birds

The hottest April on record has made it hard for some garden birds to find food to rear their chicks, wildlife experts have warned.

Diary: Classical inspiration for Kay

As the literary world quivers in anticipation of Kay Burley's fiction debut – the political soft-porn First Ladies, coming to an airport terminal near you next week – the Sky News anchor has obliged Easy Living with a list of her favourite books. Those who recall Burley's on-air claim that "the entire eastern seaboard of the United States has been decimated by a terrorist attack", will not be surprised to see a popular conspiracy theory – David E Scheim's The Mafia Killed President Kennedy – among them. Moreover, anyone lucky enough to have leafed through a preview copy of First Ladies will surely recognise the influence of Burley's remaining recommendations, which include works by Tolstoy, Dickens and Trollope (A, not J). Here's one more teaser for impatient Burley fans, a meditation on ageing to match her 19th century forebears: "Her 50th birthday was already so far over her shoulder she could no longer even see it in the rear view mirror. Surprisingly, Sally was still completely relaxed about Mother Nature, the old bird hadn't managed to mug her yet. She had, of course, made some concessions to her maturing years, including a silk anti-wrinkle pillow case just like the one Nigella said she had."

Top tips: Mark Hix cooks with asparagus

With its tender green stems and delicate sweet flavour, asparagus is the finest spring vegetable of all

Simon Calder: The stations that fly in the face of mediocrity

The man who pays his way

Eggs - Time to get cracking

Now that we can all get our hands on delicious rare-breed and specialist eggs, let’s think beyond the breakfast table, says Anthea Gerrie
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Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style