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Colditz; the Great Escape; Bridge on the River Kwai and, recently, the Railway Man. Parodies of them by everyone from Beyond the Fringe to Russ Abbott. All second world war. Memoir after memoir. And yet with the single, powerful exception of the French classic La Grande Illusion, the prisoners of the Great War have gone largely unchronicled.

Being Modern: Bottled water

Ah, summer days. And what could be more refreshing than an unadulterated glass of pure water. Eau de Sidcup, anyone? Thought not. So imagine the British public's surprise when a money-making scheme once dreamt up by Del Boy became reality. It was 2004 and Coca-Cola felt it was time to, um, tap into the bottled-water market. Sadly, it soon came to light that the other "real thing" contained nothing more than filtered tap water from a factory in Sidcup. Dasani was laughed out of UK shops, but the trend for paying for something that we can all get for free shows no signs of abating.

Myers (right) says: 'I bought one of his Japanese motorcycles. It broke down after two days'

How We Met: Simon King & Dave Myers

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Market Report: Cold water poured on Pennon bid talk

Bullish comments from "Super Mario" may have seen the Footsie gush higher yesterday, but not everyone managed to stay afloat. Pennon was one of the nine blue-chip stocks to finish in the red after a bucket of cold water was poured over the utility's takeover hopes.

The men in suits gather for another sort of competition

London on full schmooze alert as foreign investors arrive and face the Big Pitch

St Swithin's Day set to be dry

Much of the UK is likely to see a mostly dry St Swithin's Day - but that does not mean the weather is set fair for the coming weeks, forecasters warn.

Natalie Haynes: Secretly, we long for an alien invasion

Notebook: The idea that we might be alone in the universe with just seven billion other people for company is clearly too horrifying

Ofcom investigates complaints over 5's Big Brother

Ofcom is investigating Channel 5's Big Brother after viewers complained over three separate incidents.

Water companies lift hosepipe bans as deluge looks set to continue

The final four water companies with hosepipe bans have announced they are lifting them with immediate effect.

Set clear targets for water meters, urge MPs

The Government must set clear targets for increasing the number of homes with water meters as part of efforts to better manage England's water supplies, MPs urged today.

Past three months revealed to be wettest on record

This April to June has been the wettest on record across England and Wales, the Environment Agency said today.

'Fracking' could get UK approval

Controversial “fracking” for shale gas could go ahead in the UK if it is well regulated, as the risks of water contamination and damaging earthquakes are very low, experts said today.

Households struggling to pay water bills 'to get social tariffs'

Households struggling to pay their water bills are to receive help through new social tariffs, according to the Government.

The Market Report: Spotlight on Ithaca as bid talk returns

Are punters prepared to risk their hard-earned cash on Ithaca Energy again? There were plenty of burnt fingers in the Square Mile last month after the North Sea explorer called an end to bid talks with a number of suitors having failed to agree a deal, but yesterday takeover hopes were being stoked up once more.

Scotland offers to sell its water

The rain-soaked hills of Scotland could one day supply water to households in South-east England after the Government confirmed it would discuss an offer from the Scottish Government to redirect excess rainwater to the drought-prone English.

Jeremy Laurance: 'Plague' still has the power to terrify

There is no word in the English language with the emotional impact of "plague". It conveys death on a biblical scale, populations in flight and a world frozen in fear. Yet Yersinia pestis, its cause, is a modest bacterium. It may once have ravaged Europe but today it does not figure among the true global killers.

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

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

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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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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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

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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

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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