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.

Design: Swings and roundabouts

Photographer Liam Bailey has captured the unique, usually ignored world of the playground. But which is best, municipal old or trendy new?

Preview: The street of the stars

Keith Richard and Mick Jagger are back rubbing shoulders for a second series of `Stella Street'

Welcome to the kinder and gentler Paxman

First Morning 2; Start The Week, on Radio 4

Golf: Elkington celebrates as Funk falls into trap

THE AUSTRALIAN, Steve Elkington, parred the first hole of a sudden- death play-off to beat the former champion, Fred Funk, and win the Buick Challenge in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Elkington ended up two-putting for par at the first play-off hole, the 432-yard 18th, while Funk drove into a trap and his blast hit the lip of the bunker and missed the green.

TELEVISION: Watching television: it's the real thing

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Golf: Johnson will have test on stiff neck

TRISH JOHNSON missed practice for the second day running and will face a fitness test today to see if she can play in the opening foursomes and fourballs of the Solheim Cup tomorrow, writes Andy Farrell.

Arts: A smoke alarm ruined my marriage

Theatre: ALARMS AND EXCURSIONS GIELGUD THEATRE LONDON

Book: In the teeth of a human drama

Book Review: CLOSE TO THE WIND by PETE GOSS

MPs' whims delay building

MPs ARE facing a housing crisis. Their pounds 250m office block, dubbed "the new palace of Westminster", is three months behind its construction deadline because of problems fitting parts of the building together.

Science's love of publicity

NOT EVERY day is a scientist "effectively sacked", to use Dr Arpad Pusztai's own words. To many of his fellow scientists, it will seem yet more proof that meddling with the press (or in this case a television programme, World in Action) is a recipe for the worst disasters. Yet relations between professional scientists and the media are not openly antagonistic. Instead, they are shot through with ambivalence. The professionals now look to the media to tell their own stories favourably, and in a way that will help secure research funds.

Down the mines at 15, hands useless at 51

RAYMOND CHAPMAN can barely hold steady his cup of tea. A miner for 37 years, he spent 30 of them chipping away at the coalface of Barnborough main pit.

Smiles keep coming for cool Kuchar

US OPENS are not meant to be fun but Matt Kuchar, who smiled his way into the golfing consciousness at the Masters, is at it again regardless. The reigning US Amateur champion, 20 tomorrow, could not be enjoying himself more at the 98th US Open.

Golf: Westwood a fast learner

Ken Jones watches a young pupil benefit from a tough Augusta education

Golf: Lyle sees magic in sands of time

Andy Farrell talks to the Scotsman trying to rediscover the highs of a masterly shot
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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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