Danny Boyle on turning down a knighthood and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the Olympic fun


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'I almost quit Olympics over rooftop missiles': Danny Boyle's outrage over decision to mount weapons on East London towerblocks and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the fun , he was most famous for directing Ewan McGregor as a heroin addict in Trainspotting and for Slumdog Millionaire winning eight Oscars. After the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, though, the people of Britain unanimously awarded him a gold medal. In this, his first major interview since those heady days last summer when he made us proud to be British, Boyle reveals how he turned down a knighthood and how close he was to walking away from the opening ceremony

Firefighter shooting: Town bids mournful goodbye to firefighters slain on Christmas Eve


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Town bids mournful goodbye to second firefighter slain by deranged gunman who lured him to his death on Christmas EveMichael Chiapperini's widow, Kimberly, tells throng of mourners: 'Even though I’m surrounded by wonderful people, it’s incredibly lonely. My heart is broken'Chiapperini served West Webster, New York as a volunteer fire fighter and police lieutenant The father was killed by a 62-year-old ex-con who set his own home ablaze in order to lure emergency personnel into his assault rifle's line of fireFuneral of second fire fighter also killed in maniacal attack to be held Monday | UPDATED: 04:54 GMT, 1 January 2013 A second firefighter was laid to rest in Upstate New York on Monday, exactly one week after he and a close colleague were shot to death by a crazed gunman in a horrific Christmas Eve shooting. Tomasz Kaczowka, 19, who worked as a 911 dispatcher and volunteer firefighter, was remembered during a solemn ceremony at St Stanislau Church in Rochester

Dream 20,000 wedding in New Zealand for mother-of-five with terminal cancer after she was told she has just months to live


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Dream 20,000 wedding in New Zealand for mother-of-five with terminal cancer after she was told she has just months to live Sharon Heazle and new husband Mark married in an emotional service in New ZealandThe couple, plus their five children, then visited LA and Florida's Disney World for Christmas The family, from Norwich, pooled together 20,000 for the dream getawaySharon, 42, has terminal cancer and may only have months to live | UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 30 December 2012 A brave mother-of-five with terminal cancer has celebrated her dream wedding after discovering she may only have months to live. Sharon Heazle and new husband Mark said their vows in an emotional ceremony attended by close friends and family next to a waterfall in New Zealand

Israel"s Apache helicopter"s stunning acrobatic display to mark top gun graduation


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Fire in the sky! Israel’s Apache helicopter’s stunning aerobatic display to mark top gun graduationAstonishing pictures show Israel's aerial hardware in actionThe images were taken at a graduation ceremony for pilots earlier todayIsraeli Air Force pilots are seen as among the best in the world | UPDATED: 20:56 GMT, 27 December 2012 These incredible images of some of the world's most sophisticated aerial warfare technology were taken during today's graduation ceremony for Israeli pilots.

Christmas-mad couple don Santa outfits for their wedding ceremony before being waved off on a sleigh


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Christmas-mad couple don Santa outfits for their wedding ceremony before being waved off on a sleighTerminally-ill Harry Paul and Margaret Steward wed in fancy dressGuests also turned out in a range of costumes at the Cambridgeshire eventThe happy couple waved goodbye to guests as they rode off on a sleigh | UPDATED: 21:40 GMT, 25 December 2012 A couple donned Santa costumes during their wedding ceremony before being waved off in a sleigh. Terminally-ill Harry Paul, 56, and Margaret Steward, 65, were joined by more than 50 guests in fancy dress outfits, including Snow White, elves and snowmen, at their party. The best man was dressed as a Christmas cracker, while two elf maidens were the bridesmaids and the seven dwarves even made an appearance.

Sport dominates the UK"s year on Twitter: We can"t stop talking about Boris Johnson"s Olympic dance and Usain Bolt


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You tweet, Boris! Mayor's 'dad dancing' tops Twitter's 2012 highlights in year dominated by sport Microblogging site publishes its Year On Twitter review for 2012Most tweeted moments dominated by Olympics, Euro 2012 and X FactorBarack Obama's 'Four more years' message is most retweeted worldwide | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 12 December 2012 What was the most talked about event of this year Barack Obama being re-elected Perhaps it was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant Nope.

Clegg turns up to watch as Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Europe for transforming "continent of war to one of peace"


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Europe is awarded Nobel Peace Prize for transforming 'continent of war to one of peace' (but Clegg has to represent Britain as Cameron has stayed at home) All but six Prime Ministers of Europe turn up to see Peace Price awarded to the EUBut David Cameron stays home, leaving Clegg to represent the UK Committee congratulates EU for leading 'global quest for peace' | UPDATED: 17:15 GMT, 10 December 2012 The European Union's three presidents collected the Nobel Peace Prize today in recognition of six decades of work promoting 'peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights'. Prime Minister David Cameron stayed away – one of six EU leaders who decided not to attend. Instead, deputy Nick Clegg got his own day of peace, attending alone to represent the UK in the splendour of the Nobel Institute in Oslo.

Sir Patrick Moore dies at 89: Broadcaster passed away peacefully at home with close friends and his cat Ptolemy


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A big party (at his request) as Patrick Moore dies, aged 89: Broadcaster passed away peacefully at home with close friends and his cat Ptolemy Broadcaster 'passed away peacefully' at his home in West SussexMonocle-wearing Sir Patrick died after failing to fight an infectionQueen guitarist Brian May pays tribute to 'dear friend and a kind of father figure to me' | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 10 December 2012 In the event of his death, the astronomer was clear about what he wanted. He would not have a funeral, but a party – ‘Quite a show.

Remember Sir Paul McCartney"s Hey Jude clanger at the Olympics? Star admits he "f***** up" cue… but blames it on a 23-ton bell


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Remember Sir Paul McCartney's Hey Jude clanger at the Olympics Star admits he 'f***** up' cue…

A scarily good weekend away! Luxury 27-bedroom 19th century gothic mansion is available to rent for 10,000


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A scarily good weekend away! Luxury 27-bedroom 19th century Gothic mansion is available to rent for 10,000Chris Badham and Damian Llambias bought Huntsman Court near Tiverton, Devon, for 1.83millionPair then spent 400,000 restoring the estate which was first built in 1869 A two night stay at the 19th Century home costs 10,900 | UPDATED: 19:16 GMT, 3 December 2012 A 27-bedroom Gothic mansion transformed into an exclusive retreat at a cost of more than 2million is up for rent – costing 10,000 for a weekend getaway. Businessmen Chris Badham and Damian Llambias bought Huntsham Court near Tiverton, Devon, for 1.83 million in January and have spent a further 400,000 on refurbishments. Now holidaymakers or wedding planners can book two nights at the impressive 19th century home, costing up to 10,900 for 27 of its luxurious bedrooms