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Guide dog owners Claire Johnson, 50 and Mark Gaffey, 51, got married in Baralston, Stoke-on-Trent, after their dogs fell in love at training two years ago

Puppy love: Couple wed after being brought together by their guide dogs

A case of puppy love has led to the wedding of two guide dog owners - with the bride saying their pets helped her find “true love”.

The top ten: Genuine shop names

A letter in a rival Sunday newspaper recently contested the claim that Junk & Disorderly was the best-punning shop name in Britain, claiming the title for a butcher in Tooting called Halal – Is It Meat You're Looking For. Sadly, there is no such shop. But these are all genuine...

Disney will begin filming the fourpart series ‘Evermoor’ at Arley Hall in the Cheshire countryside in the spring

The new Hogwarts? Cheshire pile Arley Hall to star in Disney adventure Evermoor

JK Rowling’s Hogwarts changed the reputation of its film location, Alnwick Castle, and Downton Abbey made Highclere Castle into a hot tourist destination. Now the fortunes of the Jacobethan pile that is Arley Hall are set to be transformed by a global Disney production.

Stalls marketing wedding products at the Gay Wedding Show in London yesterday. Same-sex couples in England and Wales will legally be able to get married on 29 March

Couples look forward to the big day at Gay Wedding Show

Chloe Hamilton joined the same-sex partners preparing for their right to  be married legally from 29 March

Father Luke Beckett takes Mass in the crypt

The habits of a lifetime: When you've already committed to the ascetic life of a monk, is there anything left to give up for Lent?

Emily Jupp entered the cloistered world of Ampleforth Abbey to find out

In praise of youth: Tom Hereward as the youthful vicar in Call the Midwife

A new generation of vicars: More young people are choosing a life of wing tips and clerical collars

The Church of England has seen a rise in the proportion of under-30s entering training. We speak to the clergy for the 21st century

This is Britain: Three years, 120 towns, 800 portraits - how the photographer Niall McDiarmid captured the state of the nation

McDiarmid's portrait journey around the UK, entitled Crossing Paths, manages to be both a personal project and a document of modern Britain

'What do you have and need but rarely notice?'

Background noise. Yes, you need this. In 2005, Orfield Laboratories in Minnesota built an anechoic chamber that absorbs 99.99 per cent of the sound in it. The room is composed of three-foot-thick fibreglass wedges, double walls of insulated steel, and 12-inches-worth of concrete. The noise level of the interior measures at -9.4 decibels, and it has been certified as the quietest place on Earth*.

It may not be a milestone birthday but turning 42 has inspired one writer to consider the meaning of life...

1. I was counting on my 42nd birthday to enlighten me about life, the universe and everything. Or anything. But until that happens, this is all I've got.

The outside of the beautiful 'Rockmount' house in Crystal Palace, London

The Gothic London villa with a secret in its attic

The stunning property looks like the type of mansion you'd expect to find in London, except for one thing...

Emma Allen's video 'Ruby' has gone viral

Face painting video by British artist showing woman's transformation goes viral

A woman’s face transforms from a skull to a sky full of shooting stars and even a growing embryo in this incredible video.

In the trenches in France in 1916

A most surprising peacenik: Historian Niall Ferguson says Britain should have stayed out of WWI

The Harvard University professor says the country paid too high a price in terms of the lives lost and the vast debts that were run up during the conflict

Social network: a US study shows gossip rewards the considerate and ostracises the selfish

Talk of the town: Is gossip a good indication of character?

18th-century diarist Horace Walpole collected gossip because he thought it was a good indication of character. The research seems to prove him right, says Andy McSmith

A male Asiatic lion guarding his cub at London Zoo

London Zoo to increase pride of Asiatic lions and fund conservation work in India to save dwindling wild population

To most of us, lions are African, but many of the great beasts of legend were Indian. Now a zoo plans to breed more of them

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The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
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Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

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Berlusconi's world of sleaze

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Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Disney plans galactic domination with endless Star Wars spin-offs

Films and theme parks are just the beginning. Disney believes its control of the now decades-old franchise can bring in merchandise and marketing millions for years to come
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Could gaming arcades be revived?

The days when coin-ops were the only way to play the latest video games are gone. But a small band of enthusiasts are keeping the button-pushing dream alive
Edinburgh Fringe 2015: The 'tampon tax' has inspired a new wave of female comedians to reclaim period jokes

Heard the one about menstruation?

Yes, if you have been at the Fringe, where period pieces are taking centre stage