News Sunbathers in St James Park, London, as much of Britain is bathed in sunshine

Heavy downpours might have blighted the start of the Bank Holiday weekend for some, but tomorrow the whole country will once again be bathed in sunshine.

Soggy start to the Bank Holiday weekend

There was a soggy start to the Bank Holiday weekend for many today with heavy rain on the eastern side of the country.

A beautician at work in Coco Nail Bar in Portobello Road, west London, which offers 222 shades of varnish

Manicure mania: The business that nailed the beauty boom

As the high street suffers, the growing market for glamour has given one trade a remarkable lift

Call for a ban on ash woodchip

Imports of woodchip from foreign ash trees should be banned in an attempt to avoid the spread of the devastating ash dieback disease, a member of the Environment Select Committee has said.

Fogg's 'blasphemous' take on golf

Those crazy golfers! Spoof video is 'blasphemous' say former players

For some, the idea of watching golf on TV ranks somewhere alongside drain-cleaning in the fun stakes.

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips dictates play

Wales develop taste for revenge on a Grand scale

Wales 24 Italy 3

Jeffries returns to demonstrate kicker's art

Wakefield Wildcats 18 Bradford Bulls 36

The Business On...Kate Swann, Chief executive, WH Smith

Still gliding serenely, or sinking in the retail slowdown?

Ray Davies - How a lonely Londoner created one of the great Sixties songs

Of all The Kinks' hits, Waterloo Sunset is the one that still casts a spell. Ray Davies tells the band's biographer, Nick Hasted, how he came to write a genuine anthem

Make the most of Summer in the Cotswolds!

There's more to the Cotswolds than rolling pastures, chocolate-box villages and the famous honey-coloured stone. Ian White goes exploring

Nice day for a white weeding: How to get rid of Bindweed

A July Sunday evening at the playground: a summer's dusk with the first stars coming out, and still lots of kids are here. (Some naughtier children have even climbed over the security fence and are testing the new adventure playground, unable to wait until official opening day.) And I am whiling away time pulling out bindweed.

How to beef up your barbecue

Forget charcoal – the secret of gourmet grilling is sizzling your meat over mesquite, hickory, or even wood chips infused with Jack Daniel's.

Snakes & Ladders: England's quest to reach the top of the game

England have fixed their sights on becoming the world's No 1 Test team – and sooner rather than later. Given a good run of results, and a fair wind, they could be crowned by the end of a summer which sees them start against fourth-ranked Sri Lanka and then tackle leaders India. Knowing England, though, their journey from today in third spot is unlikely to be without its ups and downs. Or snakes and ladders. Independent Sport will monitor England's progress on a daily basis throughout the summer's seven Tests.

Michael Owen says Premier League crown is 'pinnacle of career'

Michael Owen has admitted lifting the Premier League title with Manchester United represents the pinnacle of his career.

McIlroy chips in at last as the big shots win opening battles

So much for matchplay being a lottery. Five of the world's top six are here in Andalucia and each of them shrugged off the supposed volatility of the head-to-head format to win their opening matches. For yesterday at least, all the balls rolled out in order for the multi-millionaires.

Diary: Another two theories to explain why Tony and Cherie weren't invited...

Conspiracy theorising, unlike pageantry, isn't what we do best, as today's closing item makes very clear. But that's not to say that the British are averse to a little wild speculation when the occasion demands. And so to the Blairs' wedding snub – a gross affront to common decency that has provoked many competing ideas as to its genesis.

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