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Tomorrow will see people around the world hail the start of the Year of the Horse

Simon Calder: The highs and lows of Blackpool's airport

Sometimes even a Town Crier has to enlist technological help. When I encountered Blackpool's telegraphic thespian, Barry McQueen, he was on the phone – no doubt letting the wider world know the breaking news that Blackpool had triumphed in a survey to find Britain's most pleasurable airport.

Greer joins campaign for more women in business

Professor Germaine Greer will add her confrontational voice to the call by Prowess, the women's enterprise network, for more female entrepreneurs to lead us out of recession. Ms Greer, speaking at the Prowess international conference in Blackpool this week, will also back its campaign urging the Government to put more pressure on banks to help businesses by extending and renewing overdrafts and other facilities.

Man held in arson probe

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson after a major blaze broke out in a shopping arcade, police said today.

The fright stuff: The return of the freak show

Roll up! Roll up! The carnival freak show's back from retirement to shock and amaze, but all done in the best possible taste, says Jonathan Brown

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Grayson named as Leeds manager

Leeds have confirmed the appointment of Blackpool boss Simon Grayson as their new manager.

Shannon accused denies pushing her into car

The man accused of kidnapping Shannon Matthews today denied pushing the young girl into his car.

Ryanair pulls out over £10 airport charge

Budget airline Ryanair is to stop services from one of its departure airports in protest at a £10 charge being introduced there in the New Year.

Weir storms to second gold medal

David Weir waited 12 years to become a Paralympic wheelchair champion – now the Briton is celebrating a second success in three days at the Bird's Nest Stadium.

Hotels: Room for more

The North-west is experiencing a boom in luxury accommodation. Fiona Griffiths reports

Brit flicks: Where you live and what you watch

Are you more likely to rent Trainspotting if you live in Edinburgh? Do coastal towns prefer pirate flicks? To find out if geography determines our taste in films, Tim Walker analyses the choices of over 600,000 British movie lovers

Weston's end of the pier show

Thousands from across the Bristol Channel watched fire destroy Weston-super-Mare's Edwardian landmark in less than 90 minutes yesterday. With a column of smoke rising 1,000m, it could be seen from 60 miles away

Hanley's men hammered in final

Ellery Hanley's Doncaster were on the receiving end of 10 tries as Salford took the first major trophy of the season with a 60-0 win in the Northern Rail Cup final at Blackpool.

Pryce back for Saints while Orr absent for Quins

Harlequins and St Helens have contrasting fortunes at half-back for their meeting at The Stoop this evening. Saints are able to bring back Leon Pryce, who was rested last weekend after starring for England in Toulouse. But Quins, beaten in four of their last five matches, are without an equally important player in Danny Orr, who is out with a hamstring injury.

Sympathy for the Stones as Blackpool buries the hatchet over 1964 riot

The Rolling Stones said it was only rock 'n' roll, but the people of Blackpool didn't like it and promptly banned them from the town. But now, 44 years after their gig at the Empress Ballroom ended in a riot, Blackpool has lifted the ban on the Stones playing a gig in the town and apologised to the band.

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