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.

Stuck up the Cakehole in wildest protest yet

Matt the tunneller managed to laugh when he pointed at the crack running along the low, impossibly tight ceiling of the clay shaft. "There's no shoring in that bit," he said. "And the crack's getting wider."

Football: Wizardry of Whitby

North Ferriby Utd 0 Whitby Town 3 Logan 26, Williams 61, Toman 75 Attendance: 11,098

Foundation course: Time to coach the coaches

Good man and true he may be, but Dave Watson's appointment as caretaker manager of Everton does illustrate how ill-prepared even some of the biggest English clubs are when it comes to the crucial business of running the team.

PJ PROBY: Legend

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Gogele takes flight

Thomas Gogele shot a course record eight-under 64 at the Houghton Golf Club to hold the first-round lead in the Alfred Dunhill PGA in Johannesburg yesterday.

Obituary: Tony Hawes

"Tony Hawes, meet Denis Gifford," said Bob Monkhouse and Denis Goodwin after a broadcast they had written for Cyril Fletcher and Betty Astell. "He likes Laurel and Hardy too." Which is about as name-dropping a start for an obituary as has ever been written. We shook hands, had a beer and soon discovered we had even more in common than comedy.

Update on ... chewing-gum

In Mexico, youths are reported to be using chewing-gum as a tool to help them rob cars. They work in teams at successive sets of traffic lights in the town of Nezahualcoyotl. At the first set, one youth peruses the contents of the car and sticks gum on its window if he thinks it worth robbing. His companion then does the job further down the road.

Generation gap: Umbilical discord

Val is a single mum living in Hove, East Sussex. Her daughter Catherine, 15, begged to be allowed to have her navel pierced. Val considers herself easy-going but feared that Catherine would live to regret it. Now her daughter has gone ahead - and battle is about to commence on the subject of tattoos

Gum Buster solves sticky problem

It must have happened to everyone. Striding out on a bracing sunny morning full of good intentions only to have one of your footsteps go silently gooey. Or worse, stepping indoors only to tread the damned stuff into someone's carpet.

Trees will be used to fire power station

The construction of Britain's first wood burning power station will start this summer, after the project won planning permission this week.

Cricket: Gough enjoys rough with the smooth

England 334 Matabeleland 181-9

A ringside view at Belshazzar's Feast

It was one of those days when no one could agree what country they were living in.

The Investment Column: Growth jitters on Continent could hold back Electro

Jitters about European growth rates took the shine off another cracking set of results yesterday from Electrocomponents, Britain's biggest catalogue distributor of electronic parts. The 15 per cent rise in pre- tax profits to pounds 48.3m notched up in the first half to September would be the envy of most other companies, particularly in view of the record. As recently as 1992 Electrocomponents was making in 12 months only just over half what it is now making in six.

Unforced errors litter Lions' Maori defeat

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee