Gerald Abrahams dons his placard

Lonely landscaper tries alternative approach to dating

In a bid to start his year off successfully, 39-year old landscaper Gerald Abrahams walked the streets of London with a sandwich board displaying the texts: “Hot brunette wanted for 2014!”, “Dates or romance”, “Must like dogs and landscapers” accompanied by his email address.

A Skyrunner takes on the Lake District high terrain events

Skyrunning: Brutal long-distance races coming to a peak near you...

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McIlroy in Sydney at the beginning of December. The former world No 1 believes he has his mojo back

Rory McIlroy targets two major wins in 2014

Former world No 1 Rory McIlroy believes he has his mojo back and wants to win two majors this year.

Streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer have generated more than £100m in UK subscriptions last year for the first time

Spotify and Deezer streaming services surge in popularity as music downloading stalls

The number of songs listened to on streaming services in the UK doubled last year

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Alexander Fury: Every haircut is like Sweeney Todd, to me

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On a roll: Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige: Hail Mary, Queen of soul

Mary J Blige's new album shows how far she has come as an artist and as a woman, she tells Matilda Egere-Cooper

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10 best foundations

Get a little helping hand when it comes to complexion perfection with our pick of the best bases

Saving face: 10 best winter moisturisers

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Ed Miliband has argued that the package could not go ahead during the biggest cost of living crisis for a generation

PMQs: Miliband gives tour-de-force demonstration of how not to do it

A growing economy is bad news for Ed's 'cost of living crisis'

Christians face ‘organised persecution’ from Islamists in Middle East, says Prince Charles

Victims and family members of those being 'attacked' told the Prince about their experiences in the region

'I saw Nigella with white powder on her nose, but she claimed it was make-up': Former PA tells court she found substance in chef's bag

Francesca Grillo also told the court that Mr Saatchi had a "personal vendetta" against her and her sister Elisabetta

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The Gothic look for the Winter season: Bad romance

You don’t have to be a member of the Addams family to sport a gothic look this party season. Try feathers, lace and sequins for a softer take on the trend

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