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'

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.

Welcome to the kinder and gentler Paxman

First Morning 2; Start The Week, on Radio 4

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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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,' says founder of JustGiving

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
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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