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

Jobseekers to get free bus travel for month

For one month only, finding a job will be made a little bit easier because of a unique deal struck with Britain's bus operators. Companies which between them operate 70 per cent of the country's bus routes have agreed to allow jobseekers to travel free in January as long as they produce a Jobcentre Plus travel card.

Shark attack: The Sale wing Mark Cueto tackles Toulon’s David Smith at the Salford City Stadium

Sharks beaten but it's Toulon who lack bite

Sale Sharks 6 Toulon 17: Sale heartened by performance against big-spending Pool Six leaders

Crest of a wave: The new stadium

Can Cardiff profit from the Welsh feelgood factor?

The Championship's perennial bridesmaids may finally join their Swansea rivals in the top flight

'Outstanding' Ince just needs to add goals to his game, says Pearce

The England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has challenged his winger Tom Ince to replicate his goalscoring form for Blackpool at international level.

League round-up: Ollie sees new side ice Berg

Ian Holloway's appointment as Crystal Palace manager meant that four Championship clubs were under new management yesterday.

Blackpool drug user dies after being infected with anthrax

A drug user has died after being infected with anthrax, health experts said.

Blackpool parks to be declared smoke-free

A number of parks in a town are to be declared “designated smokefree sites”.

Team GB shotputter and discus thrower Carl Myerscough warns young athletes about body-building supplements

London 2012: Team GB's shotputter Carl Myerscough speaks out against body-building supplements

Team GB shotputter and discus thrower Carl Myerscough is warning aspiring athletes to keep clear of body-building supplements after his own haunting doping ban experience.

Album: Karima Francis, The Remedy (Vertigo)

In 2008 that arbiter of popular culture the Daily Mail called Francis "the next big thing". What followed was a debut album that didn't quite deliver and nine months in a hospital bed with anorexia.

Eric Bell: Footballer who scored in the 'Matthews Final'

He nurturedhopes of glory atOld Trafford;Matt Busby saidhe later regrettedletting him go
Big One Rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The rollercoaster index

It's not just about height and speed – big rides can say a lot about the places they're built in. Chris Beanland discovers how ambitious new theme parks reflect economic ups and downs

Two men charged after Blackpool beach body find

Two men have been charged with murder after a man's body was found on a beach. 

Man who stole pensioner's life savings sweet tin jailed

A man who stole a pensioner's life savings after finding the cash in a Quality Street tin on the floor of an amusement arcade has been jailed for four months.

Big Sam has no beef with Tangerines, 16 years on

Sam Allardyce insists he bears Blackpool no grudge as he prepares West Ham for their vital Wembley encounter with his former club.

STEPHEN DOBBIE: The midfielder scored twice in Blackpool’s 3-0 victory over Southampton

Blackpool striker Stephen Dobbie aiming for new Championship play-off record

Stephen Dobbie will go to Wembley a week tomorrow looking to become the first man to earn three consecutive promotions via the play-offs.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?