EasyJet's maiden dividend is a win for Sir Stelios

Having slain one dragon in the form of easyJet's previous chief executive, you would think Stelios Haji-Ioannou would be happy with the pot of gold he has received. Buoyed by a princely looking set of results, the low-cost airline is giving £195m back to shareholders in the form of its first regular dividend, plus a £150m special payout.

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Homes have been evacuated and roads closed on the southern tip of the island of El Hierro, in the Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain, as fears of a possible volcanic eruption grow.

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Chile's Hudson Volcano released three huge columns of steam and ash in a cloud more than three miles high today, threatening a much larger eruption that had authorities in Chile and Argentina on red alert.

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Inadmissible Evidence, Donmar Warehouse, London

Having been the voice of the "Angry Young Man" in 1956 with Look Back in Anger, John Osborne became the megaphone of the male mid-life crisis eight years later with Inadmissible Evidence. The play is a devastating account of the meltdown of 39-year-old solicitor Bill Maitland. It opens with a Kafkaesque dream in which Maitland is in the dock for having published the "wicked, bawdy and scandalous object" that is his mediocre life. It then turns into a waking nightmare where the division between the outer reality of the office and the inside of Maitland's head is disturbingly blurred. Clients, colleagues, wife, mistress and daughter turn away from him, so that by the end, he's an almost Beckett-like image of a man left alone in the fading light with no hope.

Mexico volcano erupts

Water, ash and rocks are flowing down the flanks of the Popocatepetl volcano southeast of Mexico City.

Alistair Darling to expose 'volcanic' Gordon Brown

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling will lift the lid on Gordon Brown's increasingly "brutal and volcanic" demeanour when his memoirs are published next week, according to a Labour-supporting blog.

Proms 56/57, Gerstein/BBCSO/Bychkov/Pires/Tonhalle/Zinman (Royal Albert Hall) (5/5, 5/5)

Mahler toyed with naming his sixth symphony ‘Tragic’, and his widow Alma claimed he regarded the final movement, with its three notorious hammer-blows, as depicting ‘the hero, on whom fall three blows of fate, the last of which fells him like a tree’.

My Edinburgh: Phill Jupitus, comedian

It is difficult to narrow down exactly how to best absorb the multifarious delights of Edinburgh in August but make the effort to book a few of your own favourites online before you come, which will give your visit a bit of structure. Then when you do hit town, ask friends what they liked. By the end of the first week the buzz about good shows is always palpable. Above all else, take risks. Last year I spent an hour with a small audience helpless with laughter watching three Japanese clowns.

An offering to appease the gods on Mount Bromo

Villagers attempt to catch a chicken thrown by worshippers into a volcanic crater yesterday during the annual Kasada festival in Indonesia. The month-long festival takes place at Mount Bromo in East Java province. Villagers and worshippers throw consecrated offerings such as livestock, rice, fruit, vegetables and flowers into Bromo's steep caldera to give thanks to the Hindu gods for ensuring their safety and prosperity. REUTERS

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Volcanic lava scorches park

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The latest eruption on Mount Etna sent flames hundreds of metres into the air at the weekend.

Women in Science: Volcanoes – Natural hazards or the pulse of a habitable planet?

It was a busy day at work when the invitation to take part in Soapbox Science landed in my inbox, and I have to admit agreeing to it without really engaging with what it involved.

Merseyside homes evacuated after pipe bursts

A Merseyside street was submerged under a "tsunami" after a burst water pipe sent water spurting 60ft into the air yesterday. Residents in Huyton had to be rescued from their homes in boats and schools were evacuated.

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