News Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: 'We are restructuring the army to ensure regular and reserve soldiers are fully integrated into one force.'

The Army is launching a new recruitment campaign to expand its reserves section, despite recent cuts to the number of troops.

Olympic no-fly zone 'will bankrupt firms'

Aviation industry fears small companies will not recover from lockdown of airspace over 2012 venues

RNLI - Part of the big society for nearly 200 years

The RNLI is remarkable both for its volunteers and for the success of its fund-raising. Alice-Azania Jarvis reports

Ainslie wins Finn singlehander gold medal with ease

Triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie won the Finn singlehander gold medal with ease at the official test event in Weymouth.

Cycling fans barred from summit of the London 2012 Road Race

Dress rehearsal is overshadowed as Games chiefs are criticised over Box Hill route

Team GB excel in Weymouth at Olympic test event

Two more medals were won by Team GBR at the official Olympic test event in Weymouth, meaning that the target of four has already been achieved and there are chances for still more, not least from reigning Olympic champion Ben Ainslie.

Centenary year celebrated at Cowes Week

The X factor hit Cowes fair and square between the eyes today as most of a fleet of 145 entered in a glorious celebration of their centenary year descended on the Royal Yacht Squadron start line.

Weymouth Bay holds 2012 Olympics test event

The town, so far, has been luke-warm about hosting the Olympic Games. There are notable exceptions but local residents have been complaining bitterly about life, and dog walking, being disrupted by creating a spectator area, and attempts to screen any nearby houses from enjoying a free view.

Search for missing diver called off

Rescuers looking for a missing scuba diver off the south coast of England have called off their search.

Ben Ainslie: Far from plain sailing as Ainslie pursues Olympic glory once more

Britain's triple gold medallist anticipates his title defence being his greatest challenge. Glenn Moore joins him on the water...

Ready To Wear: The sight of so much scorched flesh put me off my KFC bucket

Last month in New York, an unidentified woman was seen strolling about the Bowery in a black A-line skirt and flip flops, handbag over one shoulder and as topless as the day she was born, as seen in the photograph above, taken by a (possibly astounded) passer-by.

Percy refuses to give way in start-line argy-bargy

A start-line argy-bargy between two of Britain’s Olympic gold medallists went the way of Iain Percy when he refused to give way to Ben Ainslie as a record 1,900 boats left Cowes for the 50-mile dash round the Isle of Wight today.

'Biscuits' leave bad taste in the mouth

Residents at a Weymouth care home had a shock when they tried to eat what they thought were biscuits, only to discover that they were soil with dill seeds.

Ben Ainslie secures gold for Britain

The best was saved until last when, despite coming last in the final race, quadruple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie secured gold for Britain in the heavyweight Finn singlehanded dinghy at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta.

Profits wiped out at New Look in 2010

The fashion retailer New Look yesterday laid bare the depth of its annus horribilis in 2010 that saw its pre-tax profits evaporate after a series of self-inflicted wounds on pricing, fashion ranges and cost controls.

British squad on form in Skandia Sail for Gold regatta

When the going got tough the tough got going in Weymouth as a strong British squad went into the clubhouse at the end of the third day of Skandia Sail for Gold regatta leading in five classes and holding second place in three more.

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