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James Ashton: Clinton's a sucker for hotel's creature comforts

Hotels are always keen to play up their green credentials and Bill Clinton, the tourism conference's star turn, did his best to help the Jumeirah Group emphasise its own.

World Sleep Day: Big spoon or little spoon? No spooning for me

I can't imagine a less comfortable way of sleeping than pressed up against another person's big, sweaty body with my left arm wedged under their shoulder

Capsize leaves Javier Sanso drifting in liferaft awaiting rescue in Vendée Globe

Spanish solo sailor Javier Sanso was in his liferaft and waiting to be rescued hundreds of miles south-east of the Azores after his yacht Acciona capsized in the in the Vendée Globe round the world race. He had taken to his liferaft mid-morning on Sunday.

Red-footed tortoises like Manuela can go without food for long periods of time

Tortoise found alive in locked store room after thirty years

A family in Brazil have expressed their joy at finding their pet tortoise, Manuela, more than thirty years after she went missing.

Amit Drori’s Savanna: A Possible Landscape as part of the London International Mime Festival

Savanna, A Possible Landscape, Barbican Pit, London

Amit Drori’s Savanna looks like a mechanical Eden. Enchanting robot creatures nose the air and investigate the stage: a trundling tortoise, a springbok made of springs. There are “ohhhs” of wonder and delight as each new animal emerges.

Must watch: Aquarium bursts in shopping centre in Shanghai

The appeal of the aquarium means you see the wonders of the ocean, without any of the danger. Or at least in most cases...

The centenarian reptile from the Galapagos was said to be the last Pinta Island tortoise left, and his passing meant the extinction of his subspecies. But now it seems George wasn’t as lonely as scientists imagined.

Not so Lonesome George: Researchers find 17 other tortoises in the Galapagos Islands similar to famous centenarian reptile

The death of Lonesome George in June this year was mourned by environmentalists worldwide.

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, By Aimee Bender

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Trampled By Turtles, Hoxton Bar & Grill, London

Five blokes, mainly of full build, most with facial hair, including two fiercely hammering away at banjo and mandolin. With such an unfortunate name, this Minnesota-based bluegrass outfit need to be hot not only to distract us from the fact they are called (grit teeth) Trampled By Turtles, but also to obliterates any parallels with Mumford & Sons.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has emerged with a new set of heavy-rimmed spectacles

An unbiased appraisal of Michael Gove's new specs

Who's the coolest member of the Coalition? Jazz fan Ken Clarke? Mick Jones's cousin Grant Shapps? The competition, with respect to Danny Alexander and Oliver Letwin, isn't too fierce.

Ye Shiwen

James Lawton: It may feel wrong to doubt golden Ye but history tells us we must

The young Tigress of swimming was almost in repose here last night. Ye Shiwen lowered the Olympic record, the one she had set a few hours earlier, by a mere one and a half seconds. If you didn't know better, you might have guessed someone had suggested she didn't draw too much attention to herself.

Turtles crawl to freedom

More than 1,500 turtles have made a gradual escape from their farm in the United States.

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs 'crushed by workers' on Trinidad beach

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings have been crushed by heavy machinery along a Trinidad beach widely regarded as the world's densest nesting area for the biggest of all living sea turtles, conservationists said.

Lonesome George was the last remaining tortoise of his kind

Lonesome George, the rarest creature on Earth, dies at 100

It may be a curlew or a kakapo. It may be the baiji, or a bat. But no one knows for sure, now, what is the rarest creature on the planet.

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

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Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

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Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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