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The Environment Agency has issued a set of severe flood warnings, the highest category

The TomTom Go 6000

TomTom Go 6000 satnav review: Your smartphone might have GPS, but this device won't rack up roaming charges

David Phelan assesses whether anyone really needs a dedicated satnav now

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell, 51, (right) with a member of his legal team, Gavin Reese (centre), outside Bristol Crown Court where he was cleared of breaching health and safety laws in relation to a firework display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell tells of relief as he is cleared over foggy night M5 crash deaths

Man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws

Victoria Square shopping centre, Belfast, pictured in 2008. A bomb exploded at the entrance of an underground car park at the centre on Sunday

Belfast: Bomb partially explodes in city centre

Hundreds were evacuated from Victoria Square shopping centre and nearby apartments, with many left stranded in Ulster Hall

Buskers will need to apply for a licence under the rules

Buskers, pimps and plant-lovers beware: This is Madrid's biggest crackdown since General Franco

New anti-social behaviour laws ban everything from carelessly perched pot plants to carpet-beating in public

With the Garmin HUD, there's no getting mired in the multicoloured madness of a traditional sat-nav map

A week with: Garmin HUD - a simpler, smarter sat-nav

Price: £129 for the unit (garmin.co.uk); the Western European App £59.99 (iTunes/Googleplay/Windows)
Features: Bluetooth connectivity; integrated USB port on the power cable for phone charging

The 1961 Triumph Herald with just 20 miles on the clock

One VERY careful owner: 1961 car for sale with just 20 miles on the clock

Car was delivered but never used

Warning over unlicensed driving instructors

Getting into a car with an unlicensed instructor is as dangerous as using an unlicensed minicab, say police.

The 10 Best sat navs

It's all about location, location, location with these navigation devices and dedicated apps for cars and bikes

Five Questions About: Holiday car hire

How can I get the best rate for my rental car?

Promised land: Charlton Heston as Moses, leading the faithful in their gas-guzzlers to the latest blockbuster in the 1950s

The drive is on to keep the drive-in

Is a slice of authentic American cultural life about to disappear? Geoffrey Macnab parks his Chevy in front of the big screen

Postcard from... Belgium

The seized Lamborghini Aventador on display outside New Scotland Yard

Glow-in-the-dark supercar gets ANOTHER ticket

The famous Lamborghini was impounded last week and presented as a trophy in police crackdown on uninsured drivers

Appeal over M25 'road rage' incident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was forced to abruptly halt her car on the busy M25 road by an angry driver.

Michael Owen says his goodbyes in his final game before retirement

Southampton 1 Stoke 1 match report: No fairy-tale ending for Michael Owen

Former England striker came off the bench but couldn't find back of the net

Striker denies incident was racially motivated

Kenwyne Jones apologises to Glenn Whelan after pig's head is discovered in locker in Stoke training ground prank

Striker denies incident was racially motivated and apologises to team-mate after smashing his car windscreen

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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