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.

Dirty secrets: Get digging now and reap the benefits next spring

Someone at the allotments has been doing their homework. "I looked on an old map," says the green-eyed Irishman three plots down from me, "and there used to be a stream running right down the middle here." He draws an imaginary line in the air, bisecting my plot. I sigh, thinking of what this means in terms of extra digging; I had always wondered why the soil here was such heavy clay, treading underfoot into something akin to what you are given at primary school for modelling purposes.

The Hacker: A pro can set you along the right lines, but keep off the white powder

One thing in golf you will never be short of is advice, and the worse you play the greater is the number of people anxious to help you.

Bath 17 Gloucester 21: Azam's muscle helps destroy ancient belief against restless Bath

It was one of rugby's revealed truths that however Gloucester approached a Premiership fixture at the Recreation Ground – travel on the day, stay overnight to avoid the traffic, pick a running team, choose a fighting team, take the field in high heels and suspenders – they would never win one. So much for truth and revelation. At the weekend, Dean Ryan's team finally put an end to a story stretching all the way back to Aesop by beating Bath on the banks of the Avon. They could not have timed it better, for they may never have had another chance.

It's Paddy power, not the luck of the Irish

The heroics of Harrington have met with a muted response but it is scandalous not to salute his greatness. By James Corrigan

Hoffa's fate a grim taunt as Monty struggles on

The perversely-minded among us may one day notice a few similarities between Colin Montgomerie and Jimmy Hoffa. Both carried the odd surplus pound, both had reputation problems and both could call themselves legendary teamsters. Monty prays the connection ends there and that he does not suffer the same fate as Hoffa when the union leader was last at Oakland Hills. That he does not disappear. Forever.

The Ten Best Nail Varnishes

You won't 'varnish' into the background with our choice of nail polish.

The Hacker: How to make a spectacle of yourself as an armchair player

How to make a spectacle of yourself as an armchair player

The Hacker: The magician to conjure up when chips are down is Pelz

My short game has long been an object of derision. One professional actually gaveme my money back after a chipping lesson. He said I was worse at the end of it than I had been before. That hurt. I can take criticism and have learned to cope with the mockery, but I cannot stand pity.

Wood rises to memory of Rose to keep sights on silver

Chris Wood yesterday evoked memories of Justin Rose's Open heroics of a decade ago with a brilliant finish to his second round that boosted his hopes of finishing the tournament as the leading amateur player.

You Write The Reviews: Chipping Camden Annual Music Festival, St James' Church, Chipping Camden

The Chipping Campden annual music festival is something of a phenomenon. Built up over the past few years by the local wine merchant (and the former pianist) Charlie Bennett, it has attracted world-class artists such as Alfred Brendel, the Borodin Quartet and, for this concert, Julian Lloyd Webber. For the first time, it has its very own Festival Academy orchestra made up of a mix of professionals and students. Very good they are, too. On this occasion, they were conducted by Thomas Hull and led by the delightful young violinist Ruth Rogers. Handel's Concerto Grosso curtain-raiser was performed with panache, if not the utmost precision.

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Why we don't cash in on a financial crisis

Gardening: Haven on earth?

In this year’s Independent charity auction, Brian and Barr Kazer successfully bid for the help of Anna Pavord in turning their garden into a wildlife sanctuary. How did they get along?

Hicks and DIC to begin talks on Liverpool deal next week

A meeting in London early next week between Tom Hicks and Amanda Staveley, chief negotiator for Dubai International Capital (DIC), will focus on how the Arab consortium can secure management control of Liverpool Football Club despite holding only George Gillett's 50 per cent of the shares, it was claimed by one of the sides in the long-running ownership wrangle yesterday.

The Hacker: My dentist and I hole monsters to put smiles back on our faces

It may not have the beauty of the blooming of an early daffodil or the first peep at a primrose, but there's a joy to be had from the springtime flowering of hope in a hacker's heart that this could be his year.

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

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Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution