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Wreckage of the three-tonne Eurocopter has reportedly arrived at the AAIB base in Farnborough, Hampshire

Billy Connolly joins cast of The Hobbit

Billy Connolly is going from Big Yin to tiny dwarf to complete the cast of Peter Jackson's movie version of The Hobbit.

Morag Gilmartin: Political activist and veteran of the CND movement

In the early 1960s Morag Gilmartin was active in the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Govan and Gorbals Young Socialists when Paul Foot and Gus MacDonald held sway.

Ed Miliband undergoes nose operation

Labour leader Ed Miliband has today had a successful operation to deal with the condition sleep apnoea, his office said.

Laughs in the Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans

Where the jokes come naturally

The MP's Surgery: Ed votes for a nose job

Miliband hopes for better sleep – and speech

Craig Murray: A secret history of the kilt

The fashionistas in New York went wild for men in tartan last week. Our writer extols the garment with magnificent sway

Talbot Church: Caring Kate and Wills to make Red Nose debut

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Connolly the court jester backs fellow Scot for glory

One of the spectators in Andy Murray's courtside box during his win over Jürgen Melzer had a funny turn here last night. Billy Connolly, who is on a tour of Australia, performed at Melbourne's State Theatre after spending the afternoon watching Murray, having accepted his fellow Scot's invitation to join his entourage in Rod Laver Arena.

Andy Murray braced for tougher challenges ahead

Andy Murray continued to blaze a trail through the Australian Open draw today but the world number five accepts tougher challenges lie ahead as he bids to land a maiden grand slam title.

Impressive Murray powers into quarter-finals

When Andy Murray won his first three rounds here at the Australian Open last week without dropping a set a cynic might have suggested that he had yet to meet an opponent capable of providing a serious test.

Hundreds say farewell to musician Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty's daughter said farewell to her father by singing one of his songs at his funeral today.

'Baker Street' star Gerry Rafferty dies

The Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who earned his place in pop history with a string of hit singles in the 1970s, has died at the age of 63.

Gulliver's Travels (PG)

Starring: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet

Remember the 1985 TV blackout? Only the Big Yin knew who McAvennie was

It may sound unthinkable to anybody who has grown up with wall-to-wall Premier League football, but 25 years ago this week a new season began with not a single kick accessible to armchair viewers.

Billy Connolly, HMV Apollo Hammersmith, London

From Big Yin to Big Yawn – with swearing where the jokes used to be
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