Mountain biking is just one of a growing number of activities that are making the Alps a year-round destination. Photograph: Jean-Baptiste Bieuville/Portes Du Soleil

It is counterintuitive to point a bicycle down a mountain and under no circumstances apply the brakes. But our instructor is three times women’s wo(...)

North Yorkshire police are trawling their records for references to Ted Heath following publication of an image of the former prime minister with suspected paedophile Jimmy Savile. Photograph: PA Wire

A former brothel-keeper at the centre of a child abuse controversy surrounding Sir Edward Heath is to be questioned by British authorities on the matt(...)

A book of condolence for husband and wife Laurence and Martina Hayes is signed in Athlone Civic Centre following their deaths in Tunisia. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The bodies of the three Irish victims killed in the Tunisia terror attack last week have arrived in Dublin. The remains of Lorna Carty from Robinstown(...)

The purple flower spires of the native foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, lighting up the edges of a Wicklow woodland.

Fairy thimbles, fairy gloves, witches’ bells . . . whatever name you might know it by, the lofty purple flower spires of our native foxglove are on(...)

Albert “Ginger” Baker, a British army soldier who had allegedly gone absent without leave to join the Ulster Defence Association, gave himself up to police in Wiltshire. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

MARK HENNESSY London Editor Eugene Heenan was better known as Paddy to his friends. On February 1st, 1973, he and 14 other men were travelling to wor(...)

Sculptural foliage of silver leafed Astelia, Schefflera hoi and tree ferns growing in the city garden of designer Bernard Hickie. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Like most people, I don’t have a woodland garden. Which is not to say that I don’t have plenty of shady spots in the garden that are eminently suitabl(...)

File photo dated February 9th of the scene where a 32-tonne lorry tipped over in Lansdown Lane in Upper Weston in Bath, UK. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Police in the UK have arrested the driver of a 32-tonne tipper truck which struck and killed four people, including a four-year-old girl, on Februa(...)

Snooker player Stephen Lee leaves Swindon Magistrates’ Court after being fined £1,815. He pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by false representation over the sale of his snooker cue. Photograph: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

Snooker player Stephen Lee has been fined £1,815 (€2,238) after admitting a charge of fraud relating to his personal cue.The 39-year-old, of Birch Gar(...)

Protesters demonstrating in London. In farmers’ eyes, animal rights activists feel sympathy for the badgers culled in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in a trial last year, but none for them or  their stock. Photograph: PA

David Barton’s family has worked Manor Farm in Middle Duntisbourne for five generations. The farm is situated near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, in (...)

 Luciano Giubbilei’s Best in Show at the  RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. Photograph: Richard Johnston

There’s surely no other garden festival in the world quite like the annual spectacular that is the Chelsea Flower Show. Where else would you find men (...)