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Man About Town: Who would have thought that being a ginger hack could have such advantages

In these tough times, it's nice to see Oddbins giving something back. The chain of off-licences have come up with a discount scheme this month, where every weekend, a different put-upon minority gets 10 per cent off their drinks bill.

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The birth of a true Christmas special

'Call the Midwife' has met the challenge of 'Downton Abbey' and, like it, will air on Christmas Day. Gerard Gilbert joins its stars to find out what has made it such a huge hit

Baby born in rescue helicopter at 1,000ft

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The Confidant, By Hélène Grémillon. Gallic Books, £7.99

Camille receives an anonymous letter. She has had various letters of condolence since the death of her mother, but this is very different. It is a typescript that recounts the childhood friendship of a young boy, Louis, and a girl, Annie, in a small French village during the early 1930s. What this has to do with a 35-year-old publisher's editor in 1975 is a puzzle. Is it fiction, sent by a would-be writer?

Prosecutors in bid to prevent female genital mutilation

People who commit female genital mutilation are more likely to face charges after prosecutors announced plans to address Britain’s dismal record at bringing perpetrators to justice.

Maternity services are facing 'enormous demands'

Baby boom puts pressure on maternity services

The highest number of births in 40 years is putting "enormous demands" on the maternity services at a time when they are being cut back, midwives warned yesterday.

One man, fearful of an impending general anaesthetic, was branded a 'baby' by his surgeon, according to the report

Health ombudsman criticises 'insincere apologies and unclear explanations' over NHS mistakes

Complaints to the NHS about the failure of doctors, nurses or managers to admit mistakes or apologise when things go wrong have leapt by 50 per cent in a year. Almost four out of five were upheld.

Kenyan mother names newborn twins Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

In an attempt to invalidate his Presidency, diehard Republicans have long claimed Barack Obama was born in his father’s native Kenya. No such rumours have circulated about Mitt Romney.

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Negligence by maternity staff has cost NHS £3.1bn over 10 years

Botched care in pregnancy and childbirth has led to more than 5,000 successful negligence claims against the maternity services over the last decade – costing the NHS £3.1bn.

Pedestrian flats and tickling highs are exactly what you get with John Bishop's latest offering

John Bishop: Rollercoaster Tour, 02 Arena, London

The title of his tour is 'Rollercoaster' and pedestrian flats and tickling highs are exactly what you get with John Bishop's latest offering.

Hollande calls inquiry after pregnant woman loses baby in rush to hospital

The still-birth of a baby on a French motorway has started a political row over cuts in medical care in a country often said to have one of the best health systems in the world.

DVD: What to Expect When You're Expecting

Like Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, this bland, sub-Altman ensemble comedy finds various contrived ways to link various contrived stories together.

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