Rooney Mara in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Stockholm's Millennium Tour is worth investigating

The Millennium Tour on the central island of Sodermalm in Stockholm takes in the various haunts of cyber-goth Lisbeth Salander and her ally, the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Presumably, the tour doesn't include the riper, kinkier and more distressing elements of Larsson's hugely successful (over 60 million readers) crime trilogy? "No, not really," says Sara Claesson, somewhat anticlimactically. Instead, the head of communications for the tour emphasises the appeal of Salander. "She is so 'Pippi Longstocking', a very famous character from a Swedish children's book by Astrid Lindgren," maintains Claesson. "She's obstinate, small, smart and strong."

Severfield-rowen dividend is hit as its rivals sharpen their knives

Cut-throat competition is still hammering the steel industry as the UK's biggest player slashed the dividend after a big drop in profits.

Lack of Gypsy sites makes a future Dale Farm 'inevitable'

The demand for new Traveller pitches is being badly underestimated, research reveals

Remains of dark ages princess found in field in Cambridge

The remains of a mysterious Anglo-Saxon princess, who died  thirteen and a half centuries ago, have been found in a field three miles south of Cambridge.

Enough is enough: hoarders often find it impossible to throw
anything away

Hoarding: The art of letting go

Hoarding can take over people's lives and homes, but only now is it being recognised as a distinct psychological disorder. Emily Jupp meets members of the first therapy group for sufferers

Leading article: It is builders who will benefit most from property plans

With house construction at its lowest level since the 1920s, the Government is trying to promote more building. Yesterday it announced two new initiatives. It is to revitalise the old right-to-buy discount for tenants in council accommodation and other social housing – with a pledge to spend the money raised on building more houses. And it is introducing a NewBuy scheme to help people borrow up to 95 per cent of the money they need to purchase a brand new home.

Buyers flock to view 'shabby' Morpeth house

It is described as 'shabby', 'unremarkable' and 'in dire need of updating', but an end of terrace house in Northumberland has drawn an unusual level of interest thanks to a refreshingly honest 'warts and all' description from estate agents.

Robert Hoozee: Curator and noted expert on British art

The culmination of Robert Hoozee's long engagement with English Art, his enormously ambitious survey, British Vision, would eventually assemble over 300 works at the museum he directed in Ghent in the winter of 2007-08. The late Tom Lubbock, writing in The Independent, hailed it as "this ground-breaking, must-see exhibition"; in the TLS, Julian Bell called it "the most startling and exhilarating account of British Art anyone is likely to see for a long time".

Rebecca Armstrong: Hear that? It's the sound of my temper fraying

Clunk clunk clatter clunk. THUD. Sound familiar? It will do if you live beneath someone who has wooden floorboards. They're so smooth and shiny when they're underfoot, and so easy to clean. Overhead, they're a silence-shredding menace. Tiptoeing mice become clodhopping elephants. Toddlers taking their first small steps sound as though they're taking giant leaps from a great height. Yes, as you can tell, I live underneath some of the damn things. I also have them on my floors, but I'm absolved from noise-related guilt because I live in a basement and the only thing underneath me are earless earthworms.

Plans for new town submitted

Plans for the first phase of a new town with a population of 10,000 have been submitted, a council has said.

Demand for homes in biggest surge since 2008

Buyers came back to the UK housing market in their droves in February, figures from the property sales site Hometrack revealed.

BBC presenters including Emily Maitlis are moving office

Melting pot or goldfish bowl? BBC exposes engine room to the public gaze

Cafe customers in new Broadcasting House building can gaze straight into newsroom

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Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

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