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Kimberly Lee has made a lucrative living out of selling stories to the newspapers

Kimberly Lee: The queen of kiss and tell

Saturday, 9 August 2008

...and why the Mosley case may cost her a fortune

Hilary Lister, who is paralysed in all four limbs, controls her boat by operating a special device with her mouth

Weather hits disabled sailor's solo voyage

Saturday, 9 August 2008

The quadriplegic yachtswoman Hilary Lister looks set to run out of time in her quest to sail solo around Britain, after enduring a series of technical difficulties compounded by the summer's poor weather.

The 'Climate Camp' in Kingsnorth

Scargill joins climate camp – to campaign for more coal

Friday, 8 August 2008

Arthur Scargill has become an unlikely champion for eco-activists campaigning to stop the construction of Britain's first coal-fired power station in more than 30 years.

Johnson is an avid cyclist, so it was no great surprise when he announced that he spending �55m in the coming year on developing cycle lanes

An A-Z of Boris's first 100 days

Thursday, 7 August 2008

When Londoners elected Boris Johnson Mayor of London, it was one of the political turnarounds of the decade. How would Boris, seen by some as an error-prone entertainer, compare with Ken Livingstone, once the political operator who seemingly could do little wrong? Andy McSmith gives an ABC guide to the new boy's performance so far

'Digger' Dowling, real hero of the Great Escape, dies at age of 92

Thursday, 7 August 2008

He was a master tunnel-builder who helped pull off the "Great Escape", the daring but ultimately tragic bid for freedom from a prison camp in Nazi Germany made by scores of British servicemen.

Boys play football on a London street in 1950, but parents seem increasingly afraid of letting their children play outside

The end of playtime?

Monday, 4 August 2008

Play time is over for children, with up to half of youngsters banned from climbing trees, playing conkers or riding bikes by over-protective parents who are terrified that they might get hurt.

Here's not to you, Mrs Robinson: Belfast Pride hits back at MP who reviles gays

Monday, 4 August 2008

The odd feather boa-adorned Ian Paisley aside, Belfast's annual Gay Pride march does not usually feature large effigies of loyalist politicians. Saturday's parade through the city centre was festooned with revellers dressed as a most unlikely pin-up: Iris Robinson MP, wife of Peter Robinson, who recently succeeded Mr Paisley as leader of the Democratic Unionist party.

Spurn Head, Yorkshire: One of the weirdest bits of land in Britain

Secret Britain

Sunday, 3 August 2008

The expert's guide to enjoying the country's hidden treasures: coasts, woodlands and gardens

The Butlins Redcoats, a comedy and entertainment training ground for many stars, performing at Butlins Hotel, London, in the 1990s

Butlins booms in lean times

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Butlins, whose holiday camps were gently lampooned in the 1980s television sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, have made a comeback as cash-strapped Britons decide to forego the usual holiday abroad. About 150,000 "campers" are heading for the seaside for a week or two – a 15 per cent increase on last year – to be kept amused by the legendary Butlins Redcoats.

The high life of the Rausings

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Hans and Eva Rausing this week escaped with a caution after she was caught smuggling drugs into the American embassy. Was this another example of the charmed lives led by a couple who will inherit the Tetra Pak millions? The reality is very different, says Henry Deedes

Katie Price, a keen horsewoman, claims to have been told she was 'not the sort of person' wanted at the Cartier Polo Tournament

'Pure snobbery': Jordan hits back after polo snub

Saturday, 2 August 2008

The model Katie Price has accused the organisers of a prestigious annual polo tournament of being snobs after they reportedly told her manager that she was "not the sort of person they wanted" at the event.

My cruise to Booze up the lane deemed too dangerous for postmen

Saturday, 2 August 2008

To most people who make their way up the winding lane to the rural Yorkshire Dales hamlet of Booze, it must appear every inch the quintessential rural thoroughfare.

Cistercian monks have inhabited Caldey Island since 1927

Only broadband will do for monks with an internet habit

Friday, 1 August 2008

Choose to be a monk and you accept that your life will be a spartan existence dominated by prayer, chastity and reflective solitude, far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

Tombstoning craze claims its first victim of the summer

Friday, 1 August 2008

The dangerous craze of jumping from piers and cliffs into shallow water, known as tombstoning, claimed its first victim of the summer yesterday as a body of a man in his mid-thirties was found off Norfolk. The man, thought to be Lee Griffin, 33, an unemployed chef, did not resurface after jumping into the North Sea from Cromer pier with a friend on Wednesday.

Professor Hugh Montgomery examines the remains

Lost in translation: Mary Rose's demise blamed on multilingual crew

Friday, 1 August 2008

One of the greatest naval disasters in history occurred when the Mary Rose, pride of the English battle fleet, sank in the Solent just before dawn on 19 July 1545, in sight of the French fleet, with the loss of more than 400 lives. No one knows why. The delighted French claimed a direct hit, though in fact the ship was undamaged; the English blamed an undisciplined crew.

Breakthrough on tips

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Restaurants will no longer be allowed to pay below the minimum wage and make up the difference using tips and service charges.

Holiday makers pass the ruins of the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare

Weston's end of the pier show

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Thousands watched fire destroy Weston-super-Mare's Edwardian landmark yesterday morning.

The have nots: Redruth has introduced a voluntary youth curfew to curb antisocial behaviour

Cornwall: A land of haves, and have nots

Sunday, 27 July 2008

As David Cameron and family join the smart set on the Cornish beaches, Emily Dugansees the other side of a county mired in deep poverty

Wedding list's off for hundreds of newlyweds

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Hundreds of couples are facing the prospect of starting married life without their gifts after a company calling itself the "ultimate wedding list service" admitted that it was in financial difficulties and negotiating with its backers to avoid going into administration.

Make the most of the summer sun, there's stormy weather ahead

Saturday, 26 July 2008

After an all too brief appearance of blue skies and sun, cloudy and humid conditions with thunderstorms will overtake much of Britain this weekend, followed by rain.

The Enigma coding machine used by the Germans in WWII on display at Bletchley Park National Code Centre

Bletchley Park 'in terrible state of disrepair'

Friday, 25 July 2008

The code-breaking centre that helped win the Second World War is in danger of irreparable decay unless the Government steps in to help, leading scientists said yesterday.

Union demands fair deal for waiting staff

Friday, 25 July 2008

Campaigners trying to stop some of the UK's largest restaurant chains using customers' tips to top up staff pay took their message to the streets yesterday.

The Highland pouch was given a Victorian makeover

Scotsman's sporran doomed by European ban on sealskins

Friday, 25 July 2008

The Highland kilt must rank as one of the most distinctive and manly items of clothing that the world has ever seen. But it has no pockets. Braveheart warrior types, though, were never going to resort to carrying some kind of proto man bag. So the sealskin sporran was born.

Save wartime code centre, urge scientists

Thursday, 24 July 2008

The codebreaking centre which helped the Allies to win the Second World War is in danger of irreparable decay unless the Government steps in to help, leading scientists said today.

Friday prayers at the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden

A pilgrimage to the end of the Northern line

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Persecuted in Pakistan, followers of the 70-million strong Ahmadi Muslim sect will gather in London for the centenary of their leader's death. By Jerome Taylor

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