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

Coachless Cougars put Drew in frame

Brad Drew and Martin Crompton are among the contenders for the vacant coaching role with the Keighley Cougars.

When We Are Married, Garrick Theatre, London

Thanks to Stephen Daldry's celebrated Expressionist version of An Inspector Calls we are, perhaps, in danger of looking a tad snootily on J B Priestley's simpler fare, such as this trusty repertoire staple.

Care home blaze woman, 96, dies

A 96-year-old woman who was in a critical condition after a blaze at a care home has died, police said today.

In Search of England, By Roy Hattersley

At first glance, this book might appear to be an exception to this reviewer's opinion that yellowing columns of journalism should never be published in book form. Hattersley has had enough experience of writing – 20 volumes of Hattersleiana are listed (including two diaries allegedly penned by his dog) – and his opinions are sound but his observations are obscured by great clouds of words.

Suspended bus drivers 'too fat' for job

Two bus drivers have been suspended from work for being too fat.

Oyston now focused on Blackpool

Karl Oyston is focusing on the future at Blackpool after the bankruptcy order made against him was annulled yesterday.

Varney: we can shock Chelsea

Luke Varney has warned Chelsea that Blackpool are capable of pulling off a shock victory at Stamford Bridge this weekend. The Tangerines, installed as favourites for relegation before the season began, have defied their critics so far this campaign by picking up seven points from their four Premier League fixtures.

UK divide in shop vacancy rates

The number of shops closing across the UK is slowing but the North is faring significantly worse than the South, with Bristol having half the number of empty shops as Blackpool - the worst affected area in the UK.

Robbie Williams to switch on Blackpool illuminations

Robbie Williams will perform the switch-on of the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations tonight.

Woman escapes jail for urinating on memorial

A woman branded "Britain's most disgusting person" by veterans after she was convicted of urinating on a war memorial was given a suspended sentence today.

Memorial sex act woman due back in court

A woman branded "Britain's most disgusting person" by war heroes after urinating on a war memorial is due back in court today after fleeing her sentencing hearing last week.

Sexually transmitted diseases on the increase

Unprotected sex is causing rises in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) particularly among young women, according to figures published today.

Leading article: A blow for open government

The decision by the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, to "lead the charge", as he put it, and publish all spending over £500 incurred by his department under the last government is a welcome step forward for openness. But it is also a canny bid to divert public attention away from the pain his department is planning to inflict on us and towards the pleasures taken at public expense by his predecessors.

Paramedic faces hospital car park murder charge

A paramedic is to be charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend in a hospital car park, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch