David Bowie, pictured in 2004, wanted his ashes to be scattered in Bali, “in accordance with the Buddhist rituals”. Photograph: PA Wire

David Bowie wanted his ashes to be scattered in a Buddhist ritual in Bali, according to his will. The singer’s death certificate stated he was cremat(...)

Alan Rickman.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed(...)

Christopher Duncan’s debut album is as elegantly drawn and pitched as any set of architectural drafts you’re likely to see this year. A cl(...)

California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water cuts on April 1st, the day when the annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is critical to the state’s water supply, had nothing to measure. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Rarely has a measuring stick proven so effective at making a point. It was April Fool’s Day but this was no joke. Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor at(...)

Colette Ashe is an Irish knitter who has set her sights very high, preparing to take on the Italians at what they do best – fine gauge cashmere kni(...)

Health workers in protective suits unload Dr Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who had been diagnosed with Ebola, from an ambulance at the Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Photograph: Brian C Frank/Reuters

A physician infected with the Ebola virus is in “extremely critical condition” at the Nebraska Medical Center where he arrived yesterday to receive(...)

George Best, tackled: Immortal
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Given all the ink previously devoted to George Best you’d be forgiven for thinking there was little new to be added to the subject, yet Duncan Hamilto(...)

Diamond Jubilee winner Slade Power is an 11-4 favourite for the July Cup at Newmarket. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/inpho

It’s not unknown for a Group 1 sprint to end in a dead-heat and that would be the ideal July Cup result this Saturday for the Eddie Lynam team whose s(...)

‘Butterfly Catchers’ (1999) by Hannah Starkey. Photograph courtesy of Maureen Paley Gallery

Northern Ireland was one of the most photographed places in the world during the Troubles. It was a relatively easy destination for photojournalist(...)

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Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day. So, be careful out there. Yes,TS Eliot’s “cruellest month” is upon us, “breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mix(...)