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The season of fugitive beauties is upon us – carpets of fallen cherry blossom, huge pink camellia petals, and scarlet rhododendron trumpets. While the pleasures of the garden are coming and going this rapidly, it's easy to relax, but even in summer, it's always worth taking the long view: almost every gardener can cite at least one tedious job they wish they'd tackled years ago, because by now they'd be reaping the benefits...

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The revolution in Kyrgyzstan last week has sparked fears of similar unrest and bloodshed in the secretive and dictatorial former Soviet republics of Central Asia

Kyrgyz opposition seizes power and dissolves parliament

Kyrgyzstan's opposition said today it had taken power and dissolved parliament in the poor but strategically important Central Asian state after deadly protests forced President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital.

Marcus Tanner: Patience of a long-suffering people was bound to run out

Few foreigners who have lived in Kyrgyzstan can honestly say they always knew this was coming. Far from being a seething cauldron, what most struck the average visitor was the silence and air of decay – a feeling that the clock had stopped about 20 years previously, on the eve of un-sought independence.

Denis Mason Jones: Architect and artist noted for his pictorial maps of British cities

A mention of Denis Mason Jones to any of his wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Leeds would invariably provoke an instant smile. Mason Jones was one of those rare individuals who could move with ease in any number of different circles, and be popular in each, whether it was the Leeds "establishment", the professional set or a jazz night at the Leeds Club.

Boxing: Chambers aims to buck trend and down Klitschko

The big question in tonight's triple world heavyweight title fight in Düsseldorf is whether Philadelphia's Fast Eddie Chambers will add his name to the modern list of shameful American challengers for sport's tainted trophy.

The Week In Radio: When a week in politics is beyond parody

Faced with the rich tapestry of life at Number 10, with the bullying hotlines and pens stabbed into car upholstery, most people's response is to say, "You couldn't make it up." Which is fair enough, only where does that leave those people whose job is precisely to make it up, the comedians and satirists of the BBC comedy department? Mocking politicians right now should be like shooting fish in a barrel, and in the run-up to the election, it's almost compulsory, yet how easy can it be at a time when real life effortlessly outclasses political satire?

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Independent Appeal: A child is reborn

Mohammed was a child soldier in Afghanistan. He saw his father shot dead, witnessed savage atrocities and was seen in a Taliban martyrdom video. Now this teenager has been given the chance of a normal life &ndash; and you, our readers, can help other boys robbed of their childhood

The Last Word: Our moral righteousness is as pathetic as cheating

It was what we all wanted and, as ever, it has made the collective feel so much better. In the hours after Wednesday night's grotesque violation at the Stade de France we all went to bed vowing recrimination, which basically entailed calling Thierry Henry "a cheat" and promising him that his reputation was irrevocably ruined and that the smear of his vile deeds will follow him to his grave, and very probably, thereafter.

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