Stephen Ashton: British tourist, 22, shot dead in crossfire at Thai New Year"s Eve beach party

British tourist, 22, is shot dead by stray bullet after Thai New Year's Eve beach party ends in gunfireKilled at a party on the island of Koh Phangan in southern Thailand Thai man opened fire at a bar on the island in early hours of morning Shot in the torso and although he was rushed to Ban Don International Hospital he was pronounced deadThailand has the highest number of guns in civilian hands in S.E.

3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil"s sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close

Wiped out by a raging river: 3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil's sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close Bridge swept away by raging river, after trees carried in flood snap cablesAncient construction in Exmoor, Somerset, could date back to 1000 B.C. It has 17 giant slabs – largest being 8ft long and 5ft wide – spanning 180ft | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 1 January 2013 A stone bridge reputed to be 3,000 years old was swept away as flooding continued to bring chaos to parts of Britain yesterday

New Year"s Eve forecast: Dry end to the year comes too late for 3,000-year-old bridge as it is washed away by raging river

Wiped out by a raging river: 3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil's sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close Bridge swept away by raging river, after trees carried in flood snap cablesAncient construction in Exmoor, Somerset, could date back to 1000 B.C.

The Vikings are coming… and so is Hogmanay! Scotland gears up for New Year in fancy dress

The Vikings are coming… and so is Hogmanay! Scotland gears up for New Year in fancy dressMore than 7,000 join torchlit procession through EdinburghCapital hosts 30million extravaganza to celebrate New Year | UPDATED: 21:24 GMT, 30 December 2012 The streets of Scotland's capital were overrun by a horde of Vikings – in a festive invasion to celebrate Hogmanay. Dozens of Vikings from Shetland, clad in armour and holding shields, joined around 7,000 others revellers in a stunning torchlit parade through Edinburgh to mark the end of the year.

2012 was the year that the divide between the people and the powerful became dangerously wide. The tragedy is there"s still so much to be proud…

2012 was the year that the divide between the people and the powerful became dangerously wide. The tragedy is there’s still so much to be proud of in Britain..

Queen misses Sunday service at church on Sandringham estate as she suffers from a cold but other Royals are out if force

Philip goes solo: Queen misses church after catching a cold as Royals descend on Sandringham for Christmas celebrations The monarch missed the service for the first time in living memoryOther members of the Royal Family were led to church by Prince PhilipSpokesman describes The Queen's illness as the 'tail end of a cold'Prince Andrew joined daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess EugeniePrince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor also attended | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 23 December 2012 The Queen missed church today after being hit by a nasty bug, but insists she will be well enough to celebrate Christmas. The 86-year-old monarch has been laid low by a illness which a spokesman described yesterday as 'the tail end of a heavy cold'

Camp Bastion: At your Royal service: Prince Harry to dish up Christmas dinner to junior soldiers in Afghanistan

At your Royal service: Prince Harry to dish up Christmas dinner to junior soldiers in Afghanistan It is a tradition for officers to serve lower ranks their meal on Christmas DayThird in line has offered to take help out by carving turkey at Camp Bastion | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 22 December 2012 Prince Harry is to add some royal cheer to festive celebrations at Camp Bastion by serving up Christmas lunch. The third in line has offered to take help out by carving a huge turkey to dish out to hundreds of junior soldiers at Camp Bastion

Les bells! Les bells! Notre Dame set to chime out a fresh sound for its 850th birthday

The bells! The bells! How expert craftsmen are ensuring Notre Dame Cathedral's 850th birthday celebrations go with a BONG Many of the original bells were looted during the French RevolutionIt is thought the looted bells were melted down to make cannon ballsMedieval foundry in Normandy tasked with making new bells | UPDATED: 11:12 GMT, 15 December 2012 A French bell foundry in Normandy has cast the final bronze bell of eight huge replacements bound for the north tower of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The bell, called Anne-Genevieve, was cast using medieval methods at Cornille Havard in Villedieu-les-Poeles on Friday. The 12th-century Gothic cathedral will inaugurate its set of nine new bells in February, one of the highlights in a series of events marking the beginning of the cathedral's 850th anniversary.

Santa Claus is coming to town: Thousands of Father Christmases gather in Trafalgar Square for Santacon flash mob

Santa Claus is coming to town: Thousands of Father Christmases gather in Trafalgar Square for flash mob Weird and wonderful variety of Santas descend on Nelson's Column They sang songs, took photos and handed out presents Annual celebration has gained popularity through social networking sites | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 15 December 2012 Thousands of revellers started their Christmas celebrations early by gathering in central London dressed as Santa this afternoon. The annual festive party brought a weird and wonderful collection of Father Christmases to Trafalgar Square.

Children banned from dressing up as gingerbread men

Children banned from dressing up as gingerbread men… because school says costumes are racist | UPDATED: 16:08 GMT, 10 December 2012 Schoolchildren in Sweden have been banned from dressing up as gingerbread men for a Christmas parade because their teachers fear the costumes could be considered racist.