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The 50 most ludicrous Britons 2008

And so, at this reflective time of year, here's a task we've been saving for you: choosing the recipient of the Independent on Sunday Most Ludicrous Briton Award.

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Driver dies as rain and wind bring parts of Britain to a standstill

Sunday, 14 December 2008

A driver was killed in treacherous road conditions yesterday as torrential rains lashed across large swathes of Britain. The 22-year-old woman crashed into a fence at a roundabout in Poole, Dorset, in the early hours of morning, and police are investigating the theory that her vehicle "aquaplaned" after hitting a pool of water.

The 50 Most Ludicrous Britons - Cast your vote

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Here is where you vote for whom you think should win our Ludicrous Briton Award. Just click by any relevant name, click the ‘Vote’ button at the end, and then click on ‘View results’ to see how the poll is going. You can also tell us who else you find absurd at, where you can comment on our selections

An image released by the York Archaeological Trust brain material showing as dark folded matter at the top of the head in a computer-generated view into the skull

Iron age brain dug up after 2,000 years

Friday, 12 December 2008

Archaeologists have unearthed Britain's oldest surviving human brain, it was revealed today.

It's really grim down in the rural south

Friday, 12 December 2008

Seventeen per cent of households in countryside now live below poverty line

The library block of St Peter's in Cardross

New hope for seminary left to rot away

Friday, 12 December 2008

Endangered architectural gem could be saved through £11m redevelopment

Britain becomes a nation of pensioners

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

For the first time, Britain's over-65s outnumber all the children under 16

Worshippers at Wells Cathedral pack into a Christmas service

In God we trust: pews fill up as the economy slows down

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Clerics believe the credit crunch is responsible for a steady rise in congregations

Cambridge's great Santa hat mystery

Sunday, 7 December 2008

All in all, student pranks just aren't what they were

Minor British Institutions: Ginger beer

Saturday, 6 December 2008

For some reason ginger beer is regarded as a kid's drink, and a particular kind of middle-class 1950s Famous Five type of kid as well – thirsty for "lashings of ginger beer" after catching the smugglers of Kirrin Island, or whatever. (Actually, that phrase more likely comes from an Enid Blyton spoof made by the Comic Strip in the 1980s, but the point stands.)

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