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Forging the arts in the furnace of Great Britain

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The scene after a HGV driver had a lucky escape after his lorry left the flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 toll near Coleshill in Warwickshire

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Margaret Thatcher's impact on the NHS

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Get me out of here: Morocco, Croatian cruise, Barbados

Now... On 14 April, you could be embarking on an eight-day tour of Morocco. The Exodus group trip visits Fez, Casablanca, Marrakech and Essaouira. The £799 price includes Royal Air Maroc flights from Heathrow, hotels, transport and most meals. Exodus.co.uk

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